Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching & Supervision in History

This award is named after the Society’s first female President, Professor Dame Jinty Nelson

The Royal Historical Society is pleased to announce (as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations) the inaugural Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History, an opportunity to recognise academic historians in the UK who are making a significant contribution to excellence in undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching and supervision.  Named in honour of the Society’s first female President, the prize acknowledges that the continuing strength of history as a discipline depends on the enthusiasm, passion, and creativity of University teachers.  It will reward outstanding commitment to teaching and/or supervision and in particular those who are inspiring the next generation of historians to excel.

The prize marks Jinty Nelson’s outstanding contribution to the field in nurturing and training new generations of historians, through her own undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and through her generosity in supporting and mentoring younger scholars.  Potential applicants may, for example, be individuals or groups of scholars working in collaboration, whose teaching has opened up the use of research materials by undergraduate or postgraduates, or who have fostered new and original approaches to the discipline.  Their achievements might include inspirational teaching, research mentoring, encouraging new networks and communities of scholars, or the exemplary development of new teaching modules or degrees.

One award of £1,000 will be made each year in July either to an individual or to a group of historians working in collaboration.  A short account of the programme of work for which the award was conferred, agreed with the winner, will be posted on a dedicated section of the Society’s website.

Nominators  should provide a statement in not more than 1000 words, and must include evidence from others; this might, for example, take the form of peer review,  student feedback, evidence of impact beyond a single programme or university, evidence of impact on students’ later development, or some form of institutional recognition such as a teaching prize.

A minimum of two and maximum of four nominators is required and must include both a Fellow of the Society and a student or former student of the nominee(s).

The Society is delighted to announce the award of the first Jinty Nelson Prize for 2018 to Dr Julie Anderson (University of Kent)

The judges commented:

Dr Anderson is an outstanding undergraduate teacher of history and a creative and highly effective supervisor of postgraduate historians in her field. Her enthusiasm for her subject is clearly infectious, and she has inspired a whole cohort of students to work with her, studying the history of modern medicine and disabilities in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The panel particularly liked the way she breaks down the daunting task of completing a doctorate into manageable steps or ‘milestones’, building both students’ confidence and their theoretical and transferable skills. Thus her PhD students are encouraged to maintain a clear schedule for researching and writing the thesis, but also to publish a book review, give conference presentations each year, submit an article for publication in year two, undertake placements and outreach activities outside academia, and train to teach undergraduates. The collaborative and supportive atmosphere she has established – combined with her sensitivity to the mental, and emotional struggles of postgraduate work – is much appreciated by her students and colleagues and will be an inspiration to others. In sum, her work provides a template of excellent supervision and teaching.

2019 Prize

Closing date for entries: 6 April 2019

All enquiries about the Prize should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Melanie Ransom, at: m.ransom@royalhistsoc.org

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