The Year in Student Activities

The History department does a lot more than just teach and research history. We’re home to a community of students and staff who have a wide range of interests and talents. As student activities officer, it’s my role to support students in some of the extracurricular initiatives that the department funds. These range from skills-…

Team Uganda 2017: Emma Ratheram returns to share her volunteer experience

Emma Ratheram is in her second year in the History Honours program at the University of Manchester. This summer, I and fifteen other students from across the University of Manchester were given the opportunity to work on a four week community based research project alongside S.A.L.V.E International (Support and Love via Education), a local charity…

‘A world I wanted to understand better’: Hanna Matt, our LEAP Language prize winner 2017, tells us about her fantastic experience learning Russian during her History degree.

Hanna Matt, 2nd Year History Student, Winner of LEAP Student Prize 2016-17 The spark that set the flame alight was my first-year history in practice course with Dr. Kristy Ironside entitled ‘Stalinist Society’, which covered a wide range of topics about Soviet history – from Stalin’s constitution to family values and a study of one…

STUDENT LIFE: “Manchester’s treasure trove” Dr Laure Humbert reflects on tips and treasures when using the John Rylands Library.

The interior of the John Rylands University Library. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. As a historian working on displacement and humanitarianism, I visited many archives in various countries over the course of my PhD. Research trips (particularly abroad) were often pleasant, but at times stressful: I had to find my way around different archival catalogues…

Student Ideas Competition: Support Mappedemia!

Mappademia is a project submitted for the JISC student ideas competition which, if it can get 250 votes from the public, would get funding for a piece of software which would allow students or researchers with little or no previous programming experience to easily create mobile mapping applications and share them for free with the public….

The Perils and Promises of Being a Mature Student

Editor’s Note: This blog has been re-posted by kind permission of Robin Trenbath; for more from Robin you can follow his blog here and read his twitter feed @rjtrenbath Many mature students have had unusual relationships with education – and I am certainly one of them. When I left school at 16 I gleefully burned my…

Students hit the Archives!

Students in possession of Liverpool’s fantastic collections and resources, including bound volumes from C19 workhouse reports and town planners. Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 19/3/2015. Advancing into the Archives Workshop: Liverpool Records Office, 9 March 2015 Second-year undergraduates from the University of Manchester and Liverpool John Moores University were invited to…