Dr. Dan Lomas

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

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Current positions

Lecturer in International History


I have been a Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford since January 2014. Before this I completed my AHRC funded doctoral research on intelligence and security during the post-war Attlee government, 1945-1951. My research looks at the post-war interface between intelligence, security and policy in Britain.

My book Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945 - 1951 is available from Manchester University Press and was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize for first academic monograph. I have also published in the Journal of Intelligence HistoryIntelligence and National SecurityThe Historical JournalThe Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History and The International History Review. Beyond academic publishing, I have contributed to The Conversation UK, BBC History Magazine, The New Statesman, History Today, as well as discussions on BBC 5 Live, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Scotland, Channel 5 News, and other media outlets.

I am programme leader for Salford’s part-time Distance Learning MA in Intelligence & Security Studies, and the Admissions Lead for all politics and history-related undergraduate programmes at the University.

I am willing to supervise dissertations on a range of topics including Britain and the Cold War, British intelligence and security, and contemporary intelligence and security issues. Recent subjects include British policy towards the Soviet Union, 1945-1949, the impact of the Suez crisis on British decolonisation, the development of British counter-insurgency in Malaya and Kenya, and post-war strategic deception.

In September 2019 I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award for ‘outstanding’ student learning support and innovative teaching pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Areas of research

Intelligence, Security, Diplomacy, Policy, History


Modules Convened

  • Intelligence and Conflict: British Intelligence at War (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • The Secret State: Domestic Security in Britain, 1883-present (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Britain and the Cold War (Level 5)
  • International History, 1789-1914 (Level 5).
  • Introduction to Intelligence, Security & Terrorism Studies (Level 4)
  • International History I, 1889-1945 (Level 4).  
  • International History II, 1945-2001 (Level 4).


Modules Contributed to 

  • Issues in Intelligence (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain (L5)

Research Interests

  • Intelligence 
  • Security 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Defence 
  • Politics

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD Clement Attlee, the Labour Governments and Britain’s Intelligence Community, 1945-1951 (from University of Salford) – Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
  • MA. Intelligence & Security Studies (from The University of Salford) – Distinction
  • BA. (Hons) Contemporary Military and International History (from University of Salford) – First Class
  • PgCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (from University of Salford) – 2015 – First Class