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PhD research features in BBC HistoryExtra magazine

The Peterloo Massacre took place on 16 August 1819 and is considered a landmark moment in the struggle for democracy in Britain. However, the number of people present at the Massacre may have been “significantly smaller” than previously thought, according to research by History PhD student Dave Steele.

The full article is available on the BBC HistoryExtra website.

Fri 09 Aug 2019, 11:41 | Tags: Impact and Public Engagement, Research, Postgraduate

Recruitment: History Department Postgraduate and Research Coordinator

The Warwick University History Department seeks to appoint a Postgraduate and Research Coordinator on a full-time indefinite contract.

The Warwick University History Department is one of the largest history departments in the UK, with teaching and research notable for its disciplinary range and geographical scope. The Department is comprised of 53 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral staff, 10 support staff, ~1,000 undergraduate students, and ~100 postgraduate students. The Department has a strong international reputation and high rankings in university guides and surveys, and was ranked first in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the Department. The Department is committed to maintaining and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion amongst its staff and student community.

We are seeking to appoint a Postgraduate and Research Coordinator, responsible for the management and coordination of the support for postgraduate study in the History Department, including direct support to the Director of PGR Studies and the Director of PGT Studies, and for contributing to the support for research in the History Department. The successful candidate will possess relevant experience of working in an office environment within the HE sector, excellent interpersonal skills, strong organisational and planning skills, and the ability to use initiative and to work quickly and accurately under pressure to cope with competing priorities.

All applications must be accompanied by a CV and covering letter. For the full advert, job description, and a link to the application form, please see the Warwick University HR website. Please direct all informal enquiries to Jennifer Spalding at

The closing date for applications is Monday 8th April 2019.


Fri 08 Mar 2019, 12:38 | Tags: Postgraduate, Recruitment

Open Letter from Professor Rebecca Earle to Warwick History Students

Rebecca Earle 
Dear Warwick history students,

I was intending to write to you tomorrow to let you know that after five years serving as an outstanding head of department, Professor Dan Branch will be stepping down to become the Chair of the Faculty of Arts. I’ll be taking over as department head, and I wanted to say hello.

The need to write to you has however become much more urgent.

I am sure you are aware of the continuing and distressing situation resulting from last year's group chats. You may have seen the University’s official statement, as well as the multiple reports in the press. The department is deeply concerned about the impact of these recently-reported events on our community.

We in the department have tried hard to provide as much moral and academic support as we can to the individuals affected by this case. We will continue to work to limit its impact on the studies of the women involved, and also to provide the necessary structures to support this. This has been a priority since the incidents first came to light.

We also recognise the need to address the challenges posed to the department as a whole.

Although the department had absolutely no input into the disciplinary cases, and although we are bound by a legal requirement to uphold the confidentiality of all students involved, we feel a pressing need to make sure that our students have a chance to fully express their views on this case.

We are currently in discussion with the University with the aim of organising a series of meetings for you to meet with representatives from the administration who can answer questions about the situation and listen to your concerns. Your legitimate and very understandable unhappiness need to be addressed right now. We will also work to design the necessary mechanisms to ensure that next academic year is not blighted by the after-effects of the toxic events of last year.

When the case first received public attention last summer, Dan Branch wrote to all of you to stress the department’s commitment to supporting any student who experiences misogyny, racism, homophobia or any other form of prejudice. Any such behaviour is unacceptable and runs contrary to the ethos of the department. This commitment remains central to our principles as a community. Please contact your personal tutor or myself if there is anything that you wish to bring to our attention, whether that be something that you have been subjected to yourself or have witnessed.

I’ll be writing again as soon as I have details about the meetings we are hoping to set up.

Many thanks,

Rebecca Earle


Fri 01 Feb 2019, 07:21 | Tags: Postgraduate Undergraduate Announcement

Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland - Inaugural Bayly Prize

Royal Asiatic Society LogoOn Tuesday 30th October the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland celebrated the life and work of the late Professor Sir Christopher Bayly FBA, with the award of the inaugural Bayly Prize and the posthumous launch of Sir Christopher’s book, Remaking the Modern World 1900-2015: Global Connections and Comparisons.

The Bayly Prize is for an outstanding doctoral thesis on an Asian topic completed at a British university in the year prior to the award. In this inaugural year the prize was presented to Dr Johannes Lotze for his thesis, Translation of Empire: Mongol Legacy, Language Policy, and the Early Ming World Order, 1368-1453. The shortlist of five for the prize included Dr Kyle Jackson, former PhD student at the University of Warwick History Department, and Dr Callie Wilkinson, former PhD student at the University of Cambridge and now Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick History Department.

Kyle Jackson (University of Warwick) for Colonial Conquest and Religious Entanglement: A Mizo History from Northeast India (c. 1890-1920). The judges said: “This high-quality piece of historical research draws on indigenous language sources and deploys indigenous terminology to re-centre the history of North-eastern India. Dr Jackson has an eye for a good story, and the thesis is written in elegant and fluid prose, making it a pleasure to read.”

Callie Wilkinson (University of Cambridge) for The Residents of the British East India Company at Indian Royal Courts, c. 1798-1818. The judges said: “This work is distinctive because it refreshes the study of Residents and indirect rule in India by applying new historical methods to the subject. Dr Wilkinson provides us with a rich and nuanced picture of East India Company rule in the subcontinent that moves us away from the main centres of EIC power and beyond traditional subjects of historical study.​”

For more details, please see the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland announcement.

Sun 04 Nov 2018, 15:55 | Tags: Award, Postgraduate

New PhD studentships in History for 2019 entry *updated*

The Department of History at Warwick invites applications for doctoral study commencing in September 2019.

History at Warwick was ranked first in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the proportion of world-leading research activity (4*) in the Department. We have an outstanding reputation as practitioners of social and cultural history and expertise covering all regions of the world.

The following financial support will be available on a competitive basis for exceptional candidates and projects:

                          The History Department will select outstanding candidates to nominate for these award competitions. To allow sufficient time for us to consider your application and to work with you to develop it prior to the final closing dates for submission of written materials (early in 2019) we ask that you make contact with us as soon as you can.

                          For more details on these and other Warwick University funding schemes see here.

                          Applicants for AHRC awards whom we intend to nominate for the M4C Doctoral Training Partnership competition will be required to attend a Skype interview. We guarantee to interview all candidates who have submitted their complete applications by the 7th January 2019, with interviews taking place on the 15th, 17th and 18th of January 2019. Please note that although, formally, M4C awards to non-UK EU candidates will only cover fees, internal consortium arrangements are expected to enable full fees & maintenance to be awarded to non-UK candidates from the EU.

                          To search for a potential supervisor in the Department by their specialism, click here.

                          Individual staff and their specialisms can be viewed here.

                          Applicants who may be interested in doctoral study are advised to contact the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department.

                          Please include a brief outline of your proposed research project and a CV or short description of your academic qualifications and experience, including your degree classification or overall result at BA and MA level, or equivalent. If we think we can offer appropriate supervision for your project we shall provide further information about the application process for the relevant scholarship(s) at that point.

                          While we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, we particularly those from with backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the postgraduate community at Warwick and in academic posts in the UK.


                          Fri 05 Oct 2018, 17:50 | Tags: Postgraduate Funding Announcement

                          2018 Arts Faculty Research Poster Competition

                          Dave SteeleCongratulations to Dave Steele, History Department PhD student, the winner of the 2018 Arts Faculty Research Poster Competition.

                          The Poster Competition is an annual event for students to hone their poster design, presentation and public engagement skills. The competition brings together Postgraduate Researchers from across all disciplines at Warwick to compete for both Faculty and overall winners prizes.

                          In addition to designing their poster, students present their poster to pairs of judges drawn from both business and academia, and colleagues at Warwick from all academic disciplines and central departments. The challenge is to ensure that students can explain their research to a broad audience.

                          For more details, please see


                          Fri 22 Jun 2018, 17:53 | Tags: Research Postgraduate Competition Faculty of Arts

                          Re-advertisement: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship - Petitions, Parliament, and People in the Long Nineteenth Century: Petitions from Women

                          Petitions, Parliament, and People in the Long Nineteenth Century: Petitions from Women.

                          The PhD studentship is available as part of the 'Re-thinking Petitions, Parliament, and People in the Long Nineteenth Century' project generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2016-097). This new initiative, led by Dr. Richard Huzzey (Durham) and Dr. Henry Miller (Durham), explores the powerful role of parliamentary petitioning in the development of modern Britain and exploits the under-used records of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Petitions.

                          Applicants are encouraged to pursue their own research interests within the broad research areas we have identified for an achievable PhD project. The student will work collaboratively with the rest of the project team on our broader contextualisation of parliamentary petitioning, receiving due credit as co-authors for the project's published articles. The project's advisory team includes Dr. Sarah Richardson who will supervise this studentship at the University of Warwick.

                          Project Details

                          This studentship will be based at the University of Warwick exploring petitions to the House of Commons from women within the period 1787-1918. There is considerable scope for the student to shape the dissertation focus, which might include - but is not limited to - topics such as:

                            • When and where women signed petitions alongside men, and whether this varied according to the subject;
                              • To what extent petitions included exclusively female signatures;
                                • The extra-parliamentary role of petitioning alongside other forms of female political engagement; or,
                                • The role of petitioning in female-led campaigns, either through a case study or comparison.

                                The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Sarah Richardson (Warwick) with Dr. Richard Huzzey (Durham) and Dr. Henry Miller (Durham) as external supervisors. The studentship will begin on October 1st 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

                                For informal enquiries about the scope and details of the project applicants are encouraged to email Dr. Sarah Richardson or, Dr. Richard Huzzey.


                                Eligible candidates ought to have a first- or upper-second-class honours degree or equivalent and they should have completed a masters-level qualification achieving Merit or above, or be expecting to complete this by the PhD start date.

                                This studentship is open to applications from home, EU and international students. The funding details are subject to final confirmation but the award will cover tuition fees at Home/EU rates and a standard postgraduate grant (stipend) towards living expenses for three years (full-time study) which is likely to be £14,057.Please note:- international students will be required to fund the difference in fees themselves.

                                How to Apply

                                Applicants should submit the following documents to Robert Horton ( no later than 5pm on Monday 12th September 2016:

                                • A curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)

                                • A research proposal

                                • A brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship

                                • The names and contact details of two academic referees

                                All documents should be submitted in either MS Word or PDF format. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for the PhD in History at Warwick University. The interview date for shortlisted candidates is yet to be confirmed.

                                Acknowledgement of Funding

                                The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year. For more information about the Trust, please visit


                                Tue 30 Aug 2016, 15:45 | Tags: Postgraduate Funding

                                Warwick History Department Postgraduate Conference 2016

                                The Warwick History Department Postgraduate Conference 2016 has commenced with an opening address by Professor David Anderson, Director of Graduate Studies.

                                PG Conference 2016


                                Thu 26 May 2016, 11:14 | Tags: Postgraduate Conference

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