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Published Date:
07 Oct, 2018

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Student Ambassadors are postgraduate students who are tasked with representing the EHS at their institution, and facilitating communication between the Society and students with interests in economic and social history.

What is an EHS Student Ambassador?

EHS Student Ambassadors are postgraduate students who represent the EHS at their institution and within their wider academic networks. Ambassadors will serve for the duration of their PhD studies. With the support of the two student members of the EHS Council and the EHS Administrative Secretary, Ambassadors will facilitate communication between the Society and students interested in economic and/or social history. The role of the Ambassador is an important part in the maintenance and further development of the Society’s engagement with students. Becoming an EHS Student Ambassador is a fantastic opportunity that helps postgraduate research students get involved with the larger community of economic and social historians.

What does the role entail?

  • Representing the EHS at events and inductions at your institution.
  • Fostering interest and engagement with the EHS, and economic and social history more broadly.
  • Sharing information via email, social media and in person about the numerous opportunities offered by the Society such as grants, research presentations, skills development and conferences.
  • Active engagement with the student members of the EHS Council in regards to your activities as an ambassador.
  • Attendance at the Economic History Society’s Annual Conference (supported by a bursary).
  • Ambassadors are asked to provide an expected date of completion for their PhD so that a replacement can be organised at their institution. The process of finding this replacement will be the responsibility of the ambassador and will be supported by the student members of the EHS Council.
  • Ambassadors should be, or become, members of the EHS. This can be done online.
    • Ambassadors will not be required to generate their own announcements or publicity materials. They will instead receive support, instruction, and periodic reminders from EHS which they can then disseminate through their own networks.
  • Whilst this role does not require a large time commitment, it is vital that Ambassadors are committed to sharing the information that is passed on to them and that they are active members of the EHS student community.

 Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate student, entering their second or third year of study, with an interest in economic and/or social history.
  • Strongly involved with, and networks effectively within, department at home institution, e.g. actively participates in department seminars, is aware of key contacts within the department.
  • Prior experience with EHS not required, but desirable.

 Benefits:

  • A bursary to support their attendance at the Economic History Society’s Annual Conference while serving as a Student Ambassador.
  • Networking opportunities within the EHS and a chance to gain visibility within their department.
  • Academic service, publicity, and organisational experience for their CV.

If you’d like to become an EHS Student Ambassador, please send an email with your Name, Institution, CV and a 250-word statement to: Maureen Galbraith.

The statement should outline your current and past involvements in economic and/or social history, including any relevant activities in your department, and/or with the EHS, and/or economic and social history more generally, and should describe why you would be an effective Student Ambassador.

A list of current student ambassadors can be found here.

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