Ian Jack has been a Fellow of St Andrew’s College since 1979 and has been continuously resident in College ever since. After serving as Senior Tutor, he became Senior Fellow and is responsible for the Senior Common Room, the College Archives, the College Library and, with Hester Wilson, musical culture within the College. He also supplies the obligatory Scottish accent at College events.
As College historian, he wrote the third and fourth editions of The Andrew’s Book and a photographic history to celebrate 125 years of College.
In the University of Sydney he taught until 2001 in the Department of History. For eight years he was Head of the Department, for five years Dean of the Faculty of Arts and for fourteen years Chair of the Board of Studies in Music.
His research activities and publications have been in late medieval European history and, within Australia, the iron and oil industries in the nineteenth century, rural technology and the impact of Scottish Presbyterians.
A prominent historian concerned with heritage matters, for six years a member of the New South Wales Heritage Council, he was President of the Royal Australian Historical Society for eight years. Since retirement from his teaching position, he has undertaken a wide variety of heritage consultancies.
He is a member of the Management, Academic and Residential Life Committees of College and attends College Council meetings as an observer.