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The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme provides funding for students to undertake a piece of original research in partnership with one of academic members of staff. It is a competitive, university-wide, competition and in 2021 the History Department has been more successful than in any previous year.

These are some of the great projects that our students will be doing this year.

Aykan Leung

Aysuda Aykan and Curtis Leung will be working with Professor Mark Philp on the diary of English librarian and antiquarian William Upcott. They are planning to turn it into a useful academic resource via transcription, editing and annotations.


Cheryl Nah will be working with Dr Anna Ross on the wider meaning and symbolism of the graffiti and mural art on the Berlin Wall.


Ann Premkumar will be working with Dr Song-Chuan Chen on the construction and the emergence of the ‘new woman’ in post-imperial China


Sanmitra Sarkar will be working with Dr Anna Ross on the procurement of Romani prisoners and their employment as enslaved labourers by the two great business empires of 20th century Germany, I.G. Farben and Friedrich Krupp AG.


Lauren Devine will be working with Claire Shaw to explore Russia’s historical role as a bastion of women’s liberation, and how this underscores the Putin regime’s sustained assault against women’s human rights.


Declan Dadzie will be working with Dr Guido van Meersbergen on the importance of queer travel writing and the implicit erasure of minority queer travellers in western scholarship.


Lucy McCormick will be working with Prof Mark Philp on the ways in which liberalism as an ideology became a key factor motivating the 1848 Revolution across Germany.


Jake Newberry will be working with Dr Aysu Dincer Hadjianastasis on Blackdown Mill, a monastery in Lillington, Leamington Spa, exploring its relationship to the broader social, economic, and political changes that the region experienced.


Fu Ge Yang will be working with Prof Roberta Bivins and Prof Anne Gerritsen on the interactions and tensions between the traditional Chinese and Western medical practices in China


Fatou Ceesay will be working with Prof Rebecca Earle Investigating the role of European colonialism in introducing the criminal sanction and alienation of LGBTQ+ identities in Benin, Kenya, and India


Will Barber-Taylor will be working with Dr Simon Peplow looking into how history shaped the 1997 General Election for the Labour Party


Tinius Dragland will be working with Dr Michael Bycroft to investigate how the scientific conception of the galaxy, developed by English astronomer Thomas Wright, had an impact on contemporary culture in the form of theology and popular science.


Sam Warner will be working with Dr Aidan Norrie on early modern English witchcraft accusations and punishments


Thomas Weldrick will be working with Dr. Lydia Plath to investigate Korean Americans’ historic and present-day occupation of the ‘Middleman Minority’ role in the USA.


Daphne Wu will be working with Dr Aidan Norrie on theft cases in the records of the Courts of Assize in early modern England


Rohini Jaswal will be working with Dr Simon Peplow looking at the historical legacy of colonialism in Britain and how this has manifested in coverage of ‘migrant men’ perpetrating sex crimes.


Fred Venables will be working with Prof Benjamin Smith on the public engagement around his upcoming monograph, “The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade”