History Matters – student blog competition

History Matters – student blog competition

The Department of History has launched a competition that encourages students from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities to submit blog posts that communicate an aspect of their research.

The project, run by Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock, aims to promote the integration of students on taught courses with the Department’s existing research and public engagement cultures by encouraging both undergraduates and postgraduates to contribute to the Department’s highly successful History Matters blog.

A panel of students and staff will judge the entries, with prizes for the best blogs and the opportunity for students to publish on History Matters. Blogs can be based on any aspect of a student’s research and entrants are encouraged to think broadly and engage with why ‘history matters’.

Recently shortlisted for BBC History Magazine’s Digital History Prize, History Matters blog is widely read by both academics, public history and heritage professionals and the wider public. All promising writers will be supported to develop their work for publication on the blog and this is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain exposure and experience for their research and writing.

The project received a small award from the Curriculum Development Fund, which aims to facilitate student engagement in the intellectual community of the Faculty. It will help build a community of historians, encouraging students to see themselves as participating in the Department’s research throughout their degree.

Interdisciplinary work is welcome, and any student from within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities is eligible to enter, provided that the blog is based on historical research (broadly interpreted).

Blogs should be submitted by Wednesday 7 May, and interested students and staff can find more details on the History Matters blog.