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Undergraduate Research Student Scholarships

urss_logo.jpgThe Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives students the chance to become directly involved in the research work of the University, experience what it's like to be a member of a research team and take part in cutting-edge research. URSS has been in place since 2002 and History projects have been funded in almost every round. Students on the scheme have travelled to Europe and further afield to undertake the research and have actively supported research in the department in areas as diverse as genocide, non-violent resistance, public opinion in sixteenth-century France and Turkish baths.


  • Eleanor Barnett, 'Cultures of Commemoration in post-Reformation Bristol', supervised by Professor Peter Marshall
  • James Handy, 'Everyday acquisitiveness: Luxury in English public discourse, 1650-1800', supervised by Professor Giorgio Riello
  • Ben-kilian Fleuss, 'German reactions to the Hundred Days', supervised by Professor Mark Philp
  • Ewan McGowan, 'Military, diplomatic and political additions to a virtual exhibition on the Hundred Days', supervised by Professor Mark Philp
  • Samuel Excell, 'What we can learn about how imperialists, experienced- and tried to understand- their imperialism in the face of resistance.', supervised by Dr Charles Walton
  • Veselin Ivanov, 'Art, Power and Identity - A Comparative Study of Early Modern Islamic Empires', supervised by Dr James Baldwin
  • Sarah Gray, 'Napoleon and Wellington in the 100 Days: 100 Days in 100 Objects (Bicentenary Project)', supervised by Professor Mark Philp
  • Rachel Callear, 'How far can the impact of the inter-national tobacco trade on Native communities in Canada be considered an example of early modern globalisation?', supervised by Professor Rebecca Earle


  • Holly Winter, 'The Scandal of Empire: Anglo-Indian Material Culture and the making of the English Country House', supervised by Dr Chris Nierstrasz
  • Tereza Hausmanova, 'The Manila galleons in global history: trans-pacific exchanges and consumer cultures, 1400-1800', supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • Ilina Sen, 'Global Gifts: Embassies to the Mughal Emperors and the Role of Gift-giving, 1600-1750', supervised by Professor Giorgio Riello
  • Samantha Tanizar, 'Mestizo cultures in early modern Malacca in a global perspective', supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • Bethany White, 'Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Coventry and the Midlands 1938-1945', supervised by Dr Christoph Mick
  • Megan Keeley, 'The Negotiation of Remembrance: The War Memorial in Leamington Spa', supervised by Dr Christoph Mick
  • Barclay Lane, 'War, Trauma and Civilians: The psychological impact of the bombing on Coventry during the 2nd World War', supervised by Dr Christoph Mick


  • Katherine Heathward, 'Building the Socialist Way of Life'. Supervised by Professor Chris Read
  • Matthew Jenkins, 'The Press Gang, Black Tars and Free-Born Englishmen: bonded labour and the language of Impressment in Georgian Britain'. Supervised by Professor Mark Knights


  • Martin Christ, 'The Non-Reformation of Schwäbisch-Gmünd: Religious Tensions in the Parishes of an Imperial Free City c. 1500-55'. Supervised by Professor Beat Kümin
  • Joshua Cockcroft and Sacha Hepburn, 'The International Criminal Court in Kenya: Impunity, Violence and the Post-Colonial State'. Supervised by Dr Daniel Branch
  • Thomas Colville, 'Early Modern Corruption'. Supervised by Professor Mark Knights
  • Joseph Francombe, 'The History of Nonviolent Resistance in India'. Supervised by Professor David Hardiman
  • Lucy Gill, 'No finer tribute… Commemorating the Great War in inter-war Coventry'. Supervised by Dr Christoph Mick
  • Nicholas Niemczycki, 'James Boevey and Seventeenth Century Trade'. Supervised by Professor Mark Knights
  • Varvara-Vera Pratikaki,'A comparative view of European and Japanese cultures through a study of their mechanical automata in the 18th and early 19th centuries'. Supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • Daniel Rafiqi, 'From Deviance to Acceptance: Changing Attitudes to Heresy during the Reformation'. Supervised by Dr Penny Roberts


  • Harriet Owens, 'History on Trial: the Politics of Memory in Post-Colonial Kenya and Britain'. Supervised by Dr Daniel Branch
  • 'The Portrayal of Violence against Women in the Indian Press, 1977-80'. Supervised by Professor David Hardiman
  • Sacha Hepburn, 'Spatial Distribution of Wealth in a Seventeenth-century Rural Community' . Supervised by Professor Steve Hindle
  • 'Analysing the Political, Religious and Intellectual Views of Seventeenth-Century Peers through Data on Book Dedications and Funeral Sermons'. Supervised by Professor Mark Knights
  • 'The Gordon Petition of 1780'. Supervised by Professor Mark Knights
  • Clare Stone, 'The Social Geography of a Yellow Fever Epidemic - Savannah in 1854'. Supervised by Dr Tim Lockley
  • Eleanor Stubbs, 'Researching the History of Parliament, 1832-1867'. Supervised by Dr Sarah Richardson
  • Rebecca Unsworth, 'Flying Carpets? Material Culture and the Global Trade of Turkish Carpets, c. 1400-1700'. Supervised by Dr Giorgio Riello
  • Lishar Camille, 'The Career of Dr David Eder in Palestine, 1918-22: Connections between Socialism, Pyschoanalysis and Zionism'. Supervised by Dr Mathew Thomson





  • Mark Chapman and Charlotte Grove, 'The Material Culture of the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, 1867-2006'. Supervised by Dr Mathew Thomson
  • Scott Harrison, 'An analysis and visual presentation of statistical evidence about morbidity and mortality in the British concentration camps of the South African War (1899-1902)'. Supervised by Dr Iain Smith



  • Hunt Boulware, 'The Benevolent Women of Antebellum South Carolina'. Supervised by Dr Tim Lockley