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New to Teaching History 2022: An Interactive Workshop

8 August 2022

Participants in this interactive online workshop, sponsored by the Royal Historical Society and History UK, will develop their understanding of key issues relating to teaching History in higher education, from innovations in teaching and learning and curriculum design to teaching seminar groups and giving lectures.

All those who are new to teaching History in higher education – i.e. about to begin or recently-started – are eligible to attend, including PhD students, postdocs, ECRs and new lecturers. The workshop will be delivered by a group of experienced and innovative teachers of History in HE. Participants should be prepared to engage actively in the sessions; we will be leaving plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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Royal Historical Society Prizes & Awards: Winners, 2022

22 July 2022


Many congratulations to all of the winners and runners-up in this year’s Royal Historical Society Prizes & Awards in research, publishing and teaching.

This year’s winners were announced on Friday 22 July, along with recipients of the Society’s PhD Fellows 2022-23, held in association with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

A full listing of the 2022 recipients is available via the Society’s blog, along with acceptance speeches from the winners of this year’s Gladstone and Whitfield first book awards: Dr Emily Bridger and Dr Kristin Hussey.

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Transactions of the Royal Historical Society: Funded Workshops

21 July 2022

The Editors of the Society’s journal, Transactions of the RHS, now seek proposals for one-day workshops in which participants engage with a historical, methodological, or pedagogical problem with the intention of publishing the discussion in the journal.

To support this, the Society is funding two academic workshops — to the sum of up to £1000 per event — to bring together scholars to facilitate debate, and lead to publication of proceedings as article/s in a future issue of Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. This call is open and not restricted by historical subject or approach.

By offering up to £1000 per workshop, the journal’s Editors — Harshan Kumarasingham and Kate Smith — seek to support colleagues in developing ideas for a discussion, review, or roundtable piece, which will then be submitted to the journal.

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Society launches new toolkit ‘Supporting History Teaching and Research in UK Universities’

25 May 2022

A number of UK History departments have recently been faced with, or are experiencing, cuts to programmes and staff, or mergers with other disciplines.

As part of its advocacy role, the Royal Historical Society works with historians and heads of department who face significant change to their professional lives. Some of this work is ‘behind the scenes’ in communication with departments and university managers. Other aspects of this role include the provision of commentaries and resources to support historians, as best we can.

We have now brought these resources together as a toolkit ‘Supporting History Teaching and Research in UK Universities’.

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Society and partners award seven fellowships to Ukrainian scholars at risk

18 May 2022

The Royal Historical Society is very pleased to announce the award of fellowships to seven Ukrainian historians and Slavonic and East European Studies scholars unable to continue their work at home universities. The seven recipients will take up their positions at UK and European universities very shortly, with the hope of several more fellowships to follow in the near future.

The Ukraine ‘Scholars at Risk’ programme began in March 2022 with a partnership between the Royal Historical Society and the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) who jointly pledged to fund four fellowships, with assistance from the Past & Present Society (P&P).

Additional funding from two more learned societies — the German Historical Society and the Ecclesiastical History Society — has made further fellowships possible. An extra position has been generated through public donations to a recent fundraising campaign by the Royal Historical Society and BASEES. At the time of writing, the Society of Antiquaries of London has also elected to support the scheme and will be providing an additional, eighth Fellowship.

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