George MacDonald Ross retired as Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds in 2009. In 1984, he was founding Chair of the National Committee for Philosophy, which promoted the study of philosophy at all levels, and from 2000, he was Director of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies of the Higher Education Academy. In 2004, he was given an Award of Merit by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, and in 2006, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his leadership in the learning and teaching of philosophy.
He was Honorary President of SAPERE in its early years, and he has always promoted the teaching of philosophy in schools. He has published a number of relevant articles, such as ‘Socrates versus Plato: the Origins and Development of Socratic Thinking’, Aspects of Education 49, 1993, 9–22; reprinted in Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 12/4, 1996, 2–8; and ‘Philosophy in Schools’, and ‘Philosophy in Schools: A Reply to Jonathan and Blake’, Journal of the Philosophy of Education, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1988, 207–219, 229–238. More recently, he was co-author of Doing Philosophy (Continuum, 2007), which is a guide to the study of philosophy at school and at university.