The Royal Historical Society has long provided training and support, especially for post-graduate researchers and historians at the start of their career.
Since 2022, we have dedicated greater attention to providing advice, guidance and networking opportunities for historians at all career stages. This programme is being led by Professor Julian Wright (Northumbria), the Society’s Secretary for Professional Engagement, who was appointed in 2021.
Training Workshops for Professional Development
The Society’s events programme includes a regular series of training workshops looking at specific aspects of careers in History. Forthcoming events in 2023 include:
- ‘Digital History and Collaborative Research: a Practitioners’ Roundtable’ (Tuesday 23 May 2023)
- ‘Your Research and the Media: an Introduction and Guide for Historians’ (Wednesday 21 June 2023)
- ‘Scholarly Editing for Historians: an Introduction and Guide to Working with Primary Texts’ (Tuesday 18 July 2023)
Previous training and career development sessions are available to watch via our Events Archive. These include:
- Getting Published: a Guide to First Articles and Journal Publishing’ (July 2021)
- ‘Creating Public History: a Guide to Co-production and Community Engagement’ (December 2021)
- ‘Applying for your First Job: a Guide to Preparing & Interviewing for a History Teaching Post’ (March 2022)
- ‘Working with History outside Higher Education: a Guide to Professions beyond Academia’ (July 2022)
Mid-Career Conversations for Historians
Starting in February 2023, ‘Mid-Career Conversations for Historians’ provide opportunities for historians in UK HE, who are members of the RHS, to meet and discuss topics of particular relevance to them at mid-career. The programme builds on the Society’s existing work for early career researchers, and follows a series of focus groups — held in 2022 — to consider how we also support colleagues further along in their professional lives.
Topics covered in Conversations between February and November 2023 include: being a historian in a non-History department; starting a new research project at mid-career; ‘becoming a mentor for departmental colleagues’; ‘engaging with other disciplines in your research and teaching’; and ‘undertaking public history and impact’.
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