Residential Training Course for Postgraduate Students

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Testimonials from students who have attended the course can be found here.

29 November - 2 December 2017
Chancellors, University of Manchester

The Economic History Society offers 12 part-funded places on an intensive residential course designed to raise the quality and analytical rigour of doctoral dissertations in economic and social history; improve the communication skills of postgraduates; widen their approach to their subjects; and encourage them to form networks with established scholars and fellow students in their areas of expertise. 

The course is open to 12 graduate students who are currently engaged in work on a doctoral thesis on any topic in economic and/or social history, whether the period be modern, early modern or medieval. Preference will be given to students who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year of study in November 2017 (FTE); this excludes course work. The Society expects to recruit five academics (with recognised expertise in the field) to act as tutors on the course. The academic course leader is Dr Anne Murphy (University of Hertfordshire). Previous academic participants have included: Professor Jane Humphries (Oxford), Dr Chris Minns (LSE), Professor Stephen Rigby (Manchester) and Professor Peter Scott (Reading).

Each student will:

  • present a pre-circulated 3,000-word paper setting out their research findings (drawing on a section/chapter of the thesis) to the full group in a 70-minute session;
  • provide a one-page synopsis of the thesis setting out how the section/chapter fits in;
  • read other students' papers before the course;
  • act as respondent on one paper and provide the author with written comments;
  • chair a session.

Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be workshops dealing with research methods and a session discussing academic careers. There will also be a number of opportunities for informal discussion between participants as all are expected to be resident for the full duration of the course, i.e. from Wednesday evening to Saturday lunchtime. Student questionnaires will be circulated at the end of the course for evaluation, reflection and a report to the Economic History Society.  A photograph of participants will be taken for the EHS website.

The venue is Chancellors, the residential conference centre of the University of Manchester, Fallowfield, Manchester.

Students are expected to apply to their departments for their travel costs and to pay a contribution of £330 towards the cost of the course*, which will include all accommodation (in private ensuite rooms) and meals.  The Society will support students who can demonstrate hardship and lack of access to departmental funds.

Applications should please be made online via the link below.  Any queries should please be directed to the Society's administrative secretary, Maureen Galbraith.

*The offer of a place on the course is not dependent on any contribution being made.

Deadline for applications extended to: 4 August 2017.

Other important dates:

  • 4 September 2017: notification to candidates of the outcome of their application.
  • 6 November 2017: submission of synopses and papers for circulation.
  • 17 November 2017: receipt of papers.

Online application form

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