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Regional & Themed Networks

History is a large discipline with a presence in most higher education institutions, and many further education colleges. A key goal of HEA activities is to encourage public discussion of disciplinary pedagogic issues, and thus promote the development of teaching and learning in the discipline. Whilst the Higher Education Academy runs national events for colleagues, inevitably these can only be attended by a minority of staff: the regional networks, and emerging subject-themed networks, form part of a strategy to engage with specific sections of the history community.

North-West Network of Historians 

Midlands Network of Historians

North-West Network Modern British History Seminar Series 
(Last Seminar was held on 7 May 2010):

This established series aims to provide a forum which will bring together historians throughout the region who are working on aspects of Modern British History from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Long Eighteenth Century Seminar Series 
(Last Seminar was held on 12 February 2010)
A regional seminar series open to all and supported by the History Subject Centre. Venue: John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester
Teaching and Learning with Visual Sources workshop 
(Held on Friday 12 March 2010)

A workshop report (including information on further resources), and materials used in presentations at this event can be found in our eLibrary.


What Do History Students Want?
Loughborough University, 3rd June 2011.
Preach What You Practise Workshop
Held on Tuesday 14th September 2010, University of Birmingham
E-Learning Near and Far: Using Technology in Teaching History
Held on 11th November 2009, University of Wolverhampton.

This workshop was run by the Midlands Network of the HEA's History Subject Centre and explored a range of online tools and resources being used to enhance teaching and learning.

Six academics discussed how they are using technology to teach history: from individual seminar resources to planning complete teaching modules.

The venue in the Harrison Learning Centre at the University of Wolverhampton enabled participants to explore some of the resources for themselves during the discussion sessions.

Network of teachers of North American History

New Chinese History Teaching network

Do you teach North American History? If so, this network is for you!

Catherine Armstrong (MMU) has established a nation-wide network of university teachers of North American history (any topic, any period, both undergraduate and postgraduate level). The group will come together on a regular basis to share experiences and best practice on teaching methods, facilitating the development of innovative approaches to our topic including e-learning.
The network is open to all teachers of North American history whether based in History, American Studies or other departments and it welcomes scholars at every career stage from postgraduate tutor through to professor.

The first workshops took place on 24th June 2010 in Manchester and 18th March 2011 at Keele, and discussed the key issues and concerns faced by Americanists. Here is a brief report on the network and discussions at the second workshop.

For further details about the network contact: Dr Catherine Armstrong, Lecturer in American History, Manchester Metropolitan University:

Jeremy Taylor is seeking to establish a network of people who teach Chinese history (any period, both undergraduate and postgraduate) at institutions of higher learning in the UK. The network shall serve as a forum through which instances or best practice can be shared, pedagogical issues debated and suggestions made regarding access to resources for our students.

The network will be open to anyone who teaches Chinese history in the UK – be that in a history, Asian studies or any other department – and for people at any stage of their careers. It is hoped that the network will eventually lead to a series of regular (probably annual) meetings of an informal nature. I also plan to set up a web site to support the network in the near future.

If you are interested in participating in this network, please email Jeremy with your institutional affiliation as he is currently building a list if interested teachers. Please also pass on this information to any colleagues who may be interested in joining.

Jeremy Taylor is Associate Professor in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham (formerly a lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield) : Jeremy dot taylor at nottingham dot ac dot uk

PLEASE NOTE: the network now has a resource website at Chinese History Teaching Network