The East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning in HE @Northampton

Welcome to the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning @Northampton!

The EMC is a regional collaborative organisation, focused on sharing ideas and best practice in History teaching in universities. It acts as a hub for university historians, heritage teaching and HE education professionals seeking to improve their practice and learn new skills.

Events, training and a mentoring scheme are available along with a small seed-corn funding research programme.

The Centre for Historical Studies will host the EMC from August 2022 until September 2024.

The initial Centre Convenor at Northampton is Humanities’ Dr Caroline Nielsen. Please visit the EMC’s main website for further information, or contact Dr Nielsen.

Our 2022 EMC Virtual AGM- Sustainability, Inclusivity and Future Directions in History Degrees – 14th September 2022

The Northampton inaugural EMC AGM will take place online on Wednesday 14th September 2022.

Our theme addresses some of the most pressing issues in contemporary society: education, sustainability and inclusivity.

The theme for this conference is the strategic directions and the responses of the History professional community to the recent 2022 QAA History Subject Benchmark.

Published in March 2022, the new Benchmark Statement combines both more traditional elements of a History degree with consideration of newer and emergent themes in global HE, such as global development goals, social mobility through graduate employment, entrepreneurialism, and sustainability. Many institutions have approached these areas through the vehicle of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These have however been criticised by some as difficult to implement or difficult to quantify internationally.

How can we address this as historians through our teaching and engagement with our wider communities?

This conference aims to offer a space to discuss what the shift towards these new measures and strategies means for the History profession and for History degrees.

The EMC would like to invite short 150 to 200- word abstracts for contributions for either short presentations, roundtable topics or best practice case study examples for inclusion at the conference and AGM.

Potential themes could include:

  • Teaching and learning sustainability in the Humanities
  • Decolonization of curricula in History
  • Inclusive teaching practices
  • Employability and career readiness learning
  • Class in the History classroom
  • Supporting, or working with, graduate alumni and employers

This list is indicative. We welcome enquires from across the EMC institutions about potential panels or subjects. The conference and the AGM workshops will also mark the inauguration of the Centre for Historical Studies at University of Northampton as the new EMC host, 2022-24.

To submit a proposal, please email  

Deadline for abstracts: 1st June 2022

Announcements about other future events @Northampton will be published here, on our social media and on the EMC main website.

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