Welcome to the Teaching Portal

A Resource for Students and Teachers

This initiative was set up by the Royal Historical Society in 2018 to develop a central hub to support the teaching and learning of history. The Teaching Portal was launched in November 2020.

In recent years the Royal Historical Society has become much involved in teaching as well as in research. The RHS established its Education Policy committee in 2003 and two annual teaching prizes in 2018.

The teaching portal, with your help, can inform and assist all those interested in teaching practice and pedagogy. The teaching portal will offer guidance on good practice and innovative methods of teaching; provide posts for undergraduate and postgraduate students; address transitions through HE from BA to PhD; discuss career progression for History teachers in HE; give advice to history graduates on careers that a history degree may lead to; and act as a hub for online resources. 

Use the buttons below to browse the six categories which indicate the scope of the portal. The blogs will express a multiplicity of perspectives and views; we are keen that users submit suggestions and propose new resources so that the portal will grow and thrive as a dynamic arena for discussion and debate.

The teaching portal is open to all: we hope its audience will be not just RHS Fellows and Members, but all teachers and students of history who wish to learn more and share their expertise, experience and insights.

Recent additions to the Teaching Portal

Facing current challenges can be a vital part of our curriculum

Facing current challenges can be a vital part of our curriculum

At a time of already great disruption, historians at Aston University this year faced the threat of departmental closure and redundancy. Public and private support for Aston historians led to the programme's survival, though colleagues at Aston and historians...

Ten Tips for Getting Published in Academic Journals

Ten Tips for Getting Published in Academic Journals

On Wednesday 21 July 2021 the Royal Historical Society hosted the first in a new series of training workshops for Post-Graduate and Early Career Historians: 'Getting Published: a guide to first articles and journal publishing'. The event brought together journal...

The Future of (Teaching) the Past

The Future of (Teaching) the Past

What happens when a university lab-based Digital History module goes online due to lockdown? You might think the imposed digital switch would be straightforward for 'born digital' digital history students. But as Dr Jessica van Horssen of Leeds Beckett University...

Teaching the Tudors on a two-way street

Teaching the Tudors on a two-way street

Dr John Cooper was runner-up in the 2020 RHS Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. Here, he reflects on the importance of open dialogue in teaching: between undergraduate year groups, who've much to teach one another, and between...

Creating an Online Community: A Pre-Pandemic Initiative

Creating an Online Community: A Pre-Pandemic Initiative

Professor Marjory Harper won the 2020 RHS Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. Here, she reflects on the process of planning an online Master’s Programme in Scottish Heritage in 2017. The RHS annual teaching prizes recognise...

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...

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...

Teaching with BME Students

Teaching with BME Students

The cohort of students who study History at SOAS is one of the most diverse in the UK but the findings of the RHS’s Race and Equality Report have been highly pertinent to departmental discussions about inclusive pedagogy. Dr Eleanor Newbigin, Senior Lecturer in the...

Teaching Black and South Asian British Histories

Teaching Black and South Asian British Histories

In the current political juncture, we are witnessing wide-ranging calls to decolonise the curriculum. Many are now campaigning to ensure that history teaching within the UK incorporates histories of British imperialism and, more specifically, Black British History....

Supervising PhD Students: A Collaborative Approach

Supervising PhD Students: A Collaborative Approach

In July 2018, Professor Julie Anderson, Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent, was the first winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History. Here she provides an account of her...

Teaching World History

Teaching World History

What does world history look like if you approach it through a BA History programme focused on the histories of Asia, Africa and the Middle East? What are the challenges of introducing such an approach to students who have, up until they join the programme, largely...

Working in Archives

Working in Archives

In this post, Dr Mary Morrissey, Associate Professor in Early Modern English Literature at the University of Reading, offers advice to those who are beginning to work with historical archives. She explains how to locate archival information, understanding how archival...