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Undergraduate Handbook

Welcome from the Head of Department

I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to you at the start of the 2020-21 academic year. None of us know what the next twelve months will bring, but I hope that whatever personal journeys you undertake, whatever new directions open up in your life, that you will find history a welcome companion. The best travel companions, in my view, are those who are able to support and sustain you when you feel overwhelmed, yet are also able spark excitement and urge you on to make new discoveries. History can do that. Once you start thinking about the world as a historian, everything looks different, and you will find the world a richer and more exciting place.

I also hope that as you undertake this historical journey, you will regard the department as a source of support, and also stimulation. We listen to your views, and we do our best to respond. Opportunities for dialogue are embedded at all levels, from the department’s Education Committee, which includes student representatives alongside staff, as well as the Staff-Student Liaison Committee, to the National Student Survey, the massive nationwide exercise that students complete in their final year, and which gives a very public voice to evaluate the degree. Please let us know where we need to improve (and also when we’re getting things right). We value your feedback.

This Handbook is designed to be a reference document that provides information on your course and the University. It is very detailed and will provide many links to important information maintained elsewhere in the University. You may find it most useful when you have a specific question, but you should look it over at the beginning of the year to ensure that you are clear about what will be expected of you, and what you can expect from the History Department. If you have any questions about the Handbook or its contents, or if you would like to make a suggestion, please speak with your Student-Staff Liaison Committee Course Representative or with the Director of Student Experience, Dr. Meleisa Ono-George, or me.

The aim of this handbook is to provide accurate and up to date information. It’s correct as of the start of the year, but as we know events sometimes intervene. Changes and updates can be found on our website ( which you are advised to check regularly. The final arbiter of policy and procedure are the University Regulations, which can be found on the University Governance webpages (

For now, please let me wish you all the best for the new year: may history be an agreeable and sustaining companion on your journey.

Rebecca Earle

Head of Department