Welcome to the Teaching Portal

A Resource for Students and Teachers

The Royal Historical Society’s Teaching Portal offers ideas, advice and guidance for teachers and students of History in Higher Education.

 

Launched in 2020, and now with more than 60 articles, the Portal seeks to: provide guidance on good practice and innovative methods of teaching;

  • offer posts for undergraduate and postgraduate History students;
  • address transitions through Higher Education from BA to PhD;
  • discuss career progression for History teachers in HE;
  • give advice to history graduates on careers to which a History degree may lead;
  • serve as a hub for online resources useful for research and teaching. 

Use the links below to browse the six categories. The articles express a range of perspectives and views, written by current History students, researchers and teachers. The Portal is also an evolving resource: we very much welcome suggestions for additional articles and resources, reflecting new initiatives and resources in HE History teaching.

Recent additions to the Teaching Portal

Gen AI, History and Historians

Gen AI, History and Historians

  In this post Dr Adam Budd introduces our upcoming panel discussion on ‘AI, History and Historians’, taking place on Wednesday 17 July. He discusses the opportunities this event provides for historians and students of history to learn about the meaning of...

Student numbers for History A-Levels and Scottish Highers, 2023

Student numbers for History A-Levels and Scottish Highers, 2023

    The 2023 A-Level results, for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, were released on 17 August 2023. They follow the 2023 results for Scottish Highers, published on 8 August. Both sets of data allow for observations on the uptake and relative...

Teaching the early modern Islamic World

Teaching the early modern Islamic World

  In July 2022, Peter Good received one of two Jinty Nelson Teaching Awards given annually by the Royal Historical Society. In this post, for the Society's 'Teaching Portal', Peter reflects on his classroom practice, and how he seeks to communicate the histories...

Becoming a Historian: an Informal Guide

Becoming a Historian: an Informal Guide

    How do we undertake a major historical research project for the first time? What should we do to ensure that a project's completed? How do we best engage in debate about our own, and others', work? How can we apply historical understanding to our...

UKRI Open Access Policy for the Arts and Humanities: FAQs

UKRI Open Access Policy for the Arts and Humanities: FAQs

    In August 2021  UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) announced its future policy regarding Open Access publishing. UKRI is the overarching body responsible for government research strategy and funding for universities in the UK. It brings together the...

Applying and Interviewing for your First History Lectureship

Applying and Interviewing for your First History Lectureship

      About this event ‘Applying for your First Job: a Guide to Preparing and Interviewing for a History Teaching Post’ is part in the Royal Historical Society’s series of online training events designed for early career historians. This session was...

Data Protection and Historical Research: The Basics

Data Protection and Historical Research: The Basics

Recent data protection laws, implemented across Europe in 2018, have implications for academic researchers. The Royal Historical Society recently published a set of guidelines to help researchers navigate the legal requirements around data protection. Here, Dr...

Making sense of your research

Making sense of your research

In this post, Dr Andrew Foster offers guidance to PhD research students about how to make sense of their research during the PhD process. His guidance offers to encourage students through the highs and lows of research, and poses a series of questions to support...

Ethics in the Classroom Setting

Ethics in the Classroom Setting

History is about opinion, judgement and (often) getting beyond monolithic assumptions about ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.  At the same time, the classroom should be a safe and ethical place for the exchange of views and a space that is marked by respect, sensitivity and...

Launching the new RHS Teaching Portal

Launching the new RHS Teaching Portal

The Royal Historical Society launches its new online Teaching Portal today. Ken Fincham and Peter d'Sena, former and current RHS Vice Presidents for Education, who have led the portal's working group, explain more: The Royal Historical Society is well-known as an...

Small Group Teaching in a Large Class: ‘Understanding History’

Small Group Teaching in a Large Class: ‘Understanding History’

In this post Dr Marcus Collins, Senior Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Loughborough, shares his knowledge and experience of teaching the course 'Understanding History', a compulsory module for second-year undergraduates which aims to develop the...

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...