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Monday, 7 March 2016

Undergraduate History Dissertation Conference, March 9

On Wednesday, 9 March, historians at Northumbria University are organising their first dissertation conference for undergraduate students. The programme is available here. Sixteen final-year students will present their research findings, relating to projects that will be submitted towards the end of April. The event is open to students, staff and others who are interested in finding out about the work done by History students at Northumbria University. Guests can register for free online.

Following on from the student presentations, Dr Sasha Handley from the University of Manchester will give a keynote lecture. Dr Handley is a specialist in the cultural and social history of the early modern period. Her talk is entitled ‘Voices from the Margins: Ghost Stories in Early Modern England’, and she will also outline her own research trajectory as part of the lecture.

The event will conclude with a drinks reception. During the social part of the conference, a jury comprised of Northumbria academics will also announced awards for the papers that were deemed to be of the highest quality in each of the two conference strands.

The event is coordinated by Dr Daniel Laqua, Programme Leader for the BA History. He is working together with a team of second-year students (Ashleigh Speight, Ceara Crowe, Ellie Gilhooley, Jack Hope and Katie Hewitt) who have volunteered to help prepare the conference.  Dr Laqua stresses the rationale for the organisation of the event: ‘Our History Dissertation Conference will be beneficial for different groups. Of course, for the students who are speaking at the event, it’s a chance to share their research and gain further feedback on their work. However, there’s also something in it for other students – for instance, we’re expecting that many second-year undergraduates will come along to gain ideas for their final-year projects.’

The conference has been made possible through the support of Northumbria University’s Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF). The event is the second major initiative that Northumbria historians have launched to promote the research of its undergraduate students: back in October, the History team inaugurated an online repository for excellent final-year dissertations.

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