Student Ambassadors

The Economic History Society is seeking committed postgraduate students with an interest in economic and social history to serve as Student Ambassadors.

What is an EHS Student Ambassador?

EHS 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/or social history.  The purpose of the Student Ambassador programme is to increase student engagement with the EHS. By leveraging their presence and networks on the local campus level, Student Ambassadors will help EHS more effectively connect students with information about the many opportunities — such as those for funding, research presentations, and skills development — that the Society provides.

Student Ambassadors will serve for the duration of their PhD studies.  They will be supported by both the EHS Administrative Secretary and the student members of the EHS Council to deliver timely and comprehensive information on EHS to students at their home institution. Becoming an EHS Student Ambassador is a great way to get involved with the larger community of economic and social historians!

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.
  • Student Ambassadors will not be required to generate their own announcements or publicity materials, and will receive support, instruction, and periodic reminders from EHS. As such, the role will not involve a large burden on time or effort, however, it is nevertheless essential that students interested in becoming EHS Student Ambassadors be willing to commit to passing on information in a timely and consistent manner. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Fostering interest in economic and social history at their home institution.
  • Making a brief announcement regarding EHS student mailing lists and society membership at the start-of-term departmental inductions of relevant undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (e.g. history, economics, economic and social history).
  • Helping disseminate announcements and publicity produced by EHS to relevant students and staff on an ongoing basis, for instance, via departmental mailing lists, noticeboards, or social media; via Weblearn / online resource portals; and/or via the course convenors for the relevant degree programmes.
  • Sending out email reminders two weeks prior to every major deadline for EHS funding or call for papers.
  • Fielding minor questions about EHS, deadlines, etc. 

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.

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