George is a professor of Italian, with active research interests in modern history, literature and culture. He has worked at Dublin City University (1991-94) and at the University of Hull (1994-2010), where latterly he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, leading the Faculty through phases of expansion, growth and consolidation, in which it enhanced its academic reputation and its financial performance. He is a member of the HEFCE Widening Participation & Student Opportunity committee, Honorary Treasurer of the Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (DASSH-UK) and a member of the international editorial board of the Troubador series of publications in Italian Studies. George joined Edge Hill in 2010, initially as Dean of Arts & Sciences and has since become Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) & Dean of Arts & Sciences.
George was elected as the Academic Board representative on the Board of Governors in January 2015.