Conference funding for panel on inequality, underrepresentation, and discrimination in the field of U.S. History with secondary school teachers (with BrANCH)

The Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH) is the leading organisation for scholars of nineteenth-century U.S. history in the UK. In recent years, the association has sought to involve itself in initiatives to address issues surrounding inequality, underrepresentation, and discrimination in the field of U.S. History and is particularly keen to encourage greater racial, gender, and socioeconomic diversity among students studying U.S. History at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

History UK is providing £500 to help strengthen BrANCH’s relationships with institutions and individuals working in secondary education. Four teachers from local secondary schools will be invited to participate in a panel on 12th October at the 2019 Annual BrANCH Conference at the University of Edinburgh.

This panel, which will consist of both secondary school and university teachers of U.S. history, has three main aims.

  1. To share teaching practices, specifically regarding new digital archives and online resources that can be utilised in the classroom. Participants will focus on resources that allow access to non-traditional sources that can be used to develop new curriculum which moves beyond uncritically white- and male-centred histories of the United States.
  2. To discuss issues of diversity and equality among staff and students in the field of U.S. History in the UK. Panellists will share views from their vantage points in different areas of the education system and reflect on why certain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups are underrepresented in the field of U.S. History beyond GCSE/A-Level.
  3. To explore future steps BrANCH and its individual members can take to address these issues, focussing on long-term collaborative initiatives between secondary school and higher education teachers.

The principal aim is to raise awareness regarding issues of discrimination, underrepresentation, and inequality in our field. This will further facilitate the building of networks between these teachers and BrANCH members, most of whom teach in higher education.

Alys Beverton (Cardiff University and Marketing and Fundraising Officer for BrANCH) said:

“BrANCH has been wanting to strength ties between its members and colleagues working in secondary schools for a while now. With this support from History UK we’re going to be able to actually get some of us together in the same room to have face-to-face conversations about issues relating to equality and diversity in our field, as well as share ideas about new learning materials we can all use to bring the latest resources into our classrooms. We’re really hopeful that this will be the starting point for what will grow into longer-term relationships between BrANCH and secondary school teachers in Edinburgh and perhaps beyond.”

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (co-convenor of History UK) said:

“We’re really pleased, at History UK, to be able to support BrANCH in furthering subject conversations with local school teachers by providing financial support to bring 4 teachers to their conference both as delegates and speakers. As a sector we have a lot to learn from our secondary school counterparts on how history is taught to our students before they come to university. We welcome the opportunity to assist with this collaboration.”

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For more on projects (and events) funded by History UK, on opportunities to apply for funding, go to our funding page.

Forthcoming HUK events in 2019: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

The National Archives and History UK

Come Together: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

Where: Venues and dates across England and Wales (for details see below)

Cost: Free (funded)

Audience: Archive staff, academics, and higher education staff considering, or working on, cross-sector collaborations and/or partnerships.  The workshops are open to academics from all disciplines.

Book your place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-together-collaboration-between-archive-services-and-higher-education-tickets-53860849250

In 2015 the National Archives published a ‘Guide to Collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors’.  Since its publication there have been a number of developments across both sectors, so following consultations and desk-based research in 2018 the guidance has been refreshed.  The revised guidance is aimed at those considering collaboration and those who wish to develop their collaborative practice further.  It covers:

  • Types of collaboration
  • Forming a collaboration
  • Developing collaborative working
  • Recording activities and capturing impact
  • Successful collaboration advice

In June 2018 a pilot workshop to introduce the guidance and support networking between archive staff and academics took place.  Following on from the pilot’s success TNA, History UK, and MALD have collaborated on taking the workshop around England and Wales.  It will be delivered in seven venues across the two nations. (details below)

This one-day workshop will introduce the revised guidance highlighting key areas of change. It will also explore practical ways to identify, develop, and sustain cross-sector collaborations.  It will include:

  • Understanding the archive and higher education sectors – drivers, initiatives, support, and language
  • Identifying organisational and project priorities
  • The collaborative lifecycle
  • Understanding outputs and outcomes – mutually beneficial and sector/organisational specific
  • Measuring impact in cross-sector collaborations
  • An outline of recent updates to REF, TEF and Research Councils
  • Priority setting for partnerships
  • Networking opportunities between the sectors

Pilot participants comments:

“It was great fun, and an excellent opportunity to network with people from both the HE sector and from the Archive sector.”

“Excellent interactive activities which really opened up opportunities for making contacts and discussion.”

“It was a total buzz – I loved the actives – and the new contacts and the insights were great.”

Registration 1030 | Start 1100 | Finish 1630

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 

Dates and venues:

Date (all 2019) Venue
Friday 31st January Institute of Historical Research, London
Wed 20th/Thurs 21st February Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
End of March Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff, Wales
Thursday 4th April University of Bristol, Bristol
Thursday 13th June University of Leeds, Leeds
Tuesday 25th June University of Lincoln, Lincoln
Thursday 27th June University of Birmingham, Birmingham

 

Book your place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-together-collaboration-between-archive-services-and-higher-education-tickets-53860849250

Guide to Collaboration between Archive and HE Sectors – 12th June

Guide to Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education Sectors – Refreshed Guidance Workshop – SAVE THE DATE : Tuesday 12th June 2018
Dear Colleagues,
 
The National Archives and History UK have commission Paddy McNulty and Mairead O’Rourke to refresh the 2015 Guide to Collaboration between Archive and Higher Education Sectors.  During Spring this year, we carried out desk research and a consultation with the archive and higher education sectors to inform the refreshed guidance.
 
We are now in the process of editing and refreshing the guide so that it is up to date with developments in both sectors.  The refreshed guidance will be ready in early June 2018, and to support it we are running a free one-day workshop on Tuesday 12th June at the National Archives, Kew.  This workshop will introduce the refreshed guidance, work through the case studies, highlight best practice, and provide participants with advice, guidance, and top tips for developing archive/higher education collaborations.  It will be of particular interest to those who wish to develop new or existing collaborations with higher education institutions.
 
We will post more details of the event soon, but in the meantime, we ask those who are interested in attending to save the date in their diaries.
 
We look forward to seeing you on the twelfth of June. 
 
Kind Regards
 
Paddy and Mairead

Survey of Higher Education and Archive partnerships

History UK is working in partnership with The National Archives to revise and update the 2015 ‘Guide to collaboration between archive and Higher Education sectors’. The updated guidance will inform partnership working between archives and higher education institutions, both in terms of research (the original document was compiled in context of REF 2014) and teaching (the new document will include significant updates in relation to TEF). 
Paddy McNulty Associates are undertaking the review and would like to have your feedback and comments through this survey: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HUKTNA/
 
The survey has been designed to:
  1. Identify the reach and depth of collaborations between archive services and the Higher Education sector.
  2. Identify the challenges and opportunities which arise when developing and sustaining collaborations. 
Also, for those who have used the 2015 collaboration guidance, there is an opportunity within the survey to comment on that guidance.
 
We are very keen to gather as wide a range of responses as possible, so that a thorough picture of archive sector and Higher Education sector collaborative practice can be developed.  The survey responses will help to update the collaborative guidance, and provide The National Archives and History UK with a greater understanding of the relationship between the archive and the Higher Education sectors. 
 
We would be very grateful if colleagues who use archives (both in their research and in teaching) would complete this survey, as well as circulating it more widely via social media and other channels.
 
The survey is open until the 19th March and should take around 20 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions please contact either Heather Shore or Jamie Wood.
 
Heather Shore (History UK Co-Convenor, h.shore@leedsbeckett.ac.uk)
Jamie Wood (History UK Media Officer, jwood@lincoln.ac.uk)
 
NOTE: the survey is hosted via Smart Survey, which uses UK based servers.

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