Vacancy: Secretary for Education, RHS Council

7 December 2022

The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint a new Secretary for Education (previously known as Vice President for Education Policy) to its Council, the Society’s governing body which currently comprises a total of 18 Officers and Councillors who are Trustees of the RHS.

The Secretary for Education will be a Trustee of the Royal Historical Society, sit as an Officer on Council, attend Council meetings, and act as Chair of the Education Committee. The new postholder will take up the position in time for the May Council meeting, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The appointment is for a two-year term, with possibility of renewal up to four years, and is part of a review of the Society’s governance to focus on areas of key importance to the discipline at this time. Applicants must be based in the UK, be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society, and able to indicate one or more institutional affiliations.  

The Secretary for Education is expected to lead the Society’s education policy and to promote the development of high quality teaching of history, both inside universities and beyond. The role holder will work closely with the President, Academic Director and CEO in order to provide strategic leadership for the Society in this sphere.

The role holder will: chair the Society’s Education Committee; network with and represent the Society with a range of external organisations and stakeholders in the sphere of History teaching; develop and implement the Society’s Education strategy as approved by Council.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to: Professor Emma Griffin ( 

Further details of the role, including candidate specifications and how to apply, are available here.

All applications should be made via the Society’s online applications system before the deadline of 23.59 GMT on Tuesday 31 January 2023.



Further roles on the Royal Historical Society Council

A number of other RHS roles – Secretary for Research, Honorary Treasurer, and Vice-President – will fall vacant in 2023.

Recruitment for these is expected to start in spring 2023.  Informal enquiries about any of these roles may also be made to: Professor Emma Griffin (