Event: Life After the PhD

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Where? Wolfson NB01, Institute of Historical Research, London and online
When? 13 April 2024 (Saturday), 11:00-16:00
Free to attend? Yes! Register here now to secure your spot!

HistoryLab+ and HistoryLab are pleased to invite you to ‘Life after the PhD’ at the Institute of Historical Research on Saturday 13 April.

The event will spotlight personal experiences – the joys and challenges – of postdoc life, the diversity of pathways available, and ways to understand the UK’s Higher-Education landscape, for PhD students looking forward and early-career historians finding their way post-viva.


11:00-11:20: Registration

11:20-11:30: Opening remarks

11:30-13:00: Session 1 | Post-PhD Pathways 

Short talks by recent PhD graduates in History or related disciplines who have had a range of experiences within and beyond the university. Followed by a Q&A and discussion.


Dr Beth Kitson, Research and Policy Analyst, Pro Bono Economics

Dr Kathy Davies, JustHeat Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Joe Stanley, Senior Education Outreach Officer, University of Leeds

Dr Melissa L. Gustin, Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool

13:00-14:15: Lunch

14:15-15:45: Session 2 | Higher Education Today: The Debate 

Discipline-leading historians will debate the realities of working in higher-education, the present state of the higher-education sector, and what both do or might mean for early-career historians. Followed by a Q&A and discussion.


Prof. Margot Finn, Professor of Modern British History, University College London

Prof. Matthew Hilton, Professor of Social History, Queen Mary, University of London

Prof. Rohan McWilliam, Professor of Modern British History, Anglia Ruskin University

Chaired by Prof. Claire Langhamer, Director of the Institute of Historical Research

15:45-17:00: Closing remarks

You can download the full programme, which includes details about our fantastic speakers, here.
Register using this form today!