Challenging Histories – AHRC Funded PhD

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Date / time: 15 January, 12:00 am

School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Challenging Histories - AHRC Funded PhD


Do you want to be part of an exciting opportunity to revise challenging histories and become known internationally for doing so?

The University of Leicester is offering a unique opportunity for someone to make a big impact with 4 years of AHRC PhD funded support.

Why this project?

  • The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the voice of UK psychology.
  • The BPS is opening-up its internationally important archive (founded in 1891-2) for the first time in over 100 years.
  • It is based in Leicester city-centre at a new state-of-the-art research facility with a dedicated archivist.
  • You will be the first person in the UK to research the lost and forgotten stories of psychology’s hidden histories of eugenics, marginalised Black histories, those discriminated against because of their disability, gender, and sexual identity.

The BPS staff want to help you to engage with how it discriminated, why it did so, and promote better public history for everybody in the UK.

Why do this now?

  • Your ground-breaking PhD research partnership with the University of Leicester will rediscover filed and forgotten case files, closed for over a century.
  • Your PhD will not only be internationally ground-breaking – the supervisory team will upskill you in public policy and public engagement for your future career path.
  • Most PhDs spend years finding archive material – here you will be given privileged access to a huge amount of under-researched sources

If you think this PhD opportunity is for you, then do get in touch with the lead PhD supervisor Professor Elizabeth Hurren at the University of Leicester – – she is happy to chat informally about this new project partnership.

You can also download the AHRC PhD project details ‘Facing up to the Past: Challenging Histories & Changing Future Conversations at the UK British Psychological Society’ – from the Midlands4Cities weblink – Find a Project –


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