Transitions through Higher Education

This section is about what is involved as students transition from studying History in secondary school, through to undergraduate courses, on to taught Masters courses, and to higher research degrees.

In recent years great attention has been paid to the important transition point from school to university, partly in connection with calls for widening participation. Yet challenges in transition persist throughout university life, as recent studies of retention have shown.

The posts in this section include discussion of postgraduate funding, and offer personal reflections on some of the issues raised in student progression. They are designed to open discussion of issues particularly relevant to first-generation HE students, members of BAME communities, mature and part-time students, those with disabilities, and those returning to study.

We welcome more contributions connected to this theme, including those that consider students arriving in the UK from abroad.

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Surviving the PhD Process as a Self-Funded Student

Surviving the PhD Process as a Self-Funded Student

In this post, Dr Eilish Gregory, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Royal Historical Society and an early career researcher, offers an account of her own personal experience of studying her PhD as a self-funded student. While there were many scholarly and personal...

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Historical Studies

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Historical Studies

There are many funding opportunities for history researchers to apply for in the UK and internationally, including research and travel grants, and library fellowships. Funding grants and fellowship opportunities are advertised across the year, although some have...