Calling all East Midlands History Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers: We Need You!

Being a postgraduate researcher in History can be challenging, especially when preparing to enter the university or college classroom for the first time or when teaching new materials or potentially sensitive topics.  

We want to hear from you! We want to help!

The East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning (EMC) is a professional development network of History researchers and academics. The Centre is a collaboration between nine East Midlands university History departments: Bishop Grotteste, Lincoln, Loughborough, Leicester, DMU, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Derby, and Northampton. Northampton is the new Centre lead institution, for 2022-24.

The Centre has a series of initiatives and projects of use to History postgraduate researchers and Early Career Researchers (ECRs):

  • An annual meeting and discussion forum (coming on 14th September 2022 as an online event – register here)
  • Workshops and training events on innovative university History teaching or specific themes or ideas
  • A training programme for ECRs and mentoring scheme: ‘Training to Teach’
  • An annual dissertation showcase
  • Seedcorn (small grant) funding scheme for collaborative projects looking at key aspects of best practice in History teaching and learning and encouraging networks across History colleagues in different departments

The EMC is coordinated by a steering committee, made up of representatives of each of the member History departments.

Get Involved: Postgraduate History Researchers and ECRs – Event 14th September

We want to redevelop and reinvigorate the EMC’s work with postgraduate researchers and ECRs., and encourage more engagement across all of the institutions. We want to hear your voices!

Part of our upcoming AGM and conference will be dedicated to issues facing you. We want to know:

  • What do you enjoy about teaching and undertaking your own research, and what areas might you want more mentoring or guidance on?
  • What challenges or issues do you think need addressing in History teaching and in curriculum?

To take part: please register for our event and send your suggestions for topics to Dr Caroline Nielsen (email to

For more information on the event and different ways to contribute to the event, see this post.

Join Us!

We are also looking to recruit some History PGR members to join the steering committee. The Committee usually meets virtually, around four or five times a year.

If you would like to put yourself forward, please send a brief 150-word statement to Dr Nielsen outlining why you are interested and what you could offer the committee. This will then be discussed by the Committee.

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