Minutes and papers of the History at the Universities Defence Group (HUDG)

‘At a conference organised by the School of History, University of Birmingham, in conjunction with the Historical Association, on 5-7 April 1982, grave concern was expressed for the future of History as a subject at British Universities. It was decided to form a History at the Universities Defence Group which would work with and through the Historical Association in order: 1) to defend and maintain the scope and quality of the teaching and scholarly study of history in British universities; 2) to monitor the effects of the financial cuts on the viability of History in all its aspects in the various universities, and to bring these effects to the notice of the public and of all relevant responsible bodies.’ (HUDG Press Release, 8 April 1982)

HUDG was an independent committee of representatives from History Departments in British Universities, but maintained close links with the Historical Association.

The minutes and papers of HUDG are archived within Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. A fuller record can be accessed here.



Guide to Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education Sectors (with The National Archives and the Higher Education Archive Programme [HEAP]) (2018):

  • Supported by innovative case studies from across the archives and higher education sectors, the guidance gives insights into the drivers, initiatives, support and language of both sectors and offers advice on identifying organisational and project priorities.
  • The guidance also explains how to understand outputs and outcomes in mutually beneficial projects and offers advice for measuring impact in cross-sector collaborations.
  • A copy of the guide can be accessed here:


Responses to consultations:

Response to HEFCE consultation on the future of REF (2017)


Minutes of steering committee, AGMs and plenary meetings:

23 February 2019 (Steering Committee)

3 November 2018 (AGM; plenary flyer and reports here)

19 May 2018 (Steering Committee; blog post 1 and post 2 on academic job boot camp)

24 February 2018 (Steering Committee)

4 November 2017 (Steering Committee)

7 October 2017 (AGM)

20 May 2017 (Steering Committee)

4 February 2017

6 November 2016

15 October 2016

14 May 2016 (blog post on Academic Job Boot Camp)

6 February 2016

14 November 2015 (agenda)

17 October 2015

9 May 2015

14 February 2015

15 November 2014

18 October 2014

10 May 2014

15 February 2014

16 November 2013

19 October 2013

11 May 2013

16 February 2013

20 October 2012

19 May 2012

11 February 2012

19 November 2011

15 October 2011

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