Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E04 – Prof. Sir Tim O’Shea

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

Last week: Prof. Mary Beard (Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up). Next week: Andy de la Tour (Stand Up or Die).

This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and the Principal of Edinburgh University and Chair of the Fringe Festival



Prof. O’Shea grew up in London, attended the Royal Liberty School, in Romford, Essex. A computer scientist, he was Master of Birkbeck College from 1998 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 2001.

A graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Leeds, he has worked in the United States and for the Open University where he founded the Computer Assisted Learning Research Group and worked on a range of educational technology research and development projects, later becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor there. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Artificial Intelligence, from 1974-78.

Professor O’Shea became Principal of the University of Edinburgh in October 2002. Since his appointment he has sat on various boards including the Boards of Scottish Enterprise, the Intermediary Technology Institute Scotland Ltd, the British Council, the Governing Body of the Roslin Institute and has been Convenor of the Research and Commercialisation Committee of Universities Scotland and Acting Convener of Universities Scotland.

This conversation took place during Fringe ’14 and examined the interplay of O’Shea’s University and Fringe roles.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Tim O’Shea

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