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The National Union of Students (NUS) and its Internationalisms, 1922–2022 (Advert Reference: NBC020/LAQUA)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

AHRC-funded through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Consortium

This PhD project will explore the history of British student activism by examining the transnational bonds and international commitments of the National Union of Students (NUS). From an early stage, the NUS promoted international contacts and exchanges, working with international organisations and national students’ unions from other countries. The PhD candidate will investigate a variety of such ventures, with a particular focus on the political dimensions of internationalism, as exemplified by solidarity campaigns and peace movements. The project will result in a doctoral thesis that reassesses the history of the NUS and that, at the same time, offers wider insights into the history of social and political activism in and beyond Britain.

We are seeking a candidate with a background in History and/or the study of social movements. Supervision will involve guidance from experts in the history of student activism and international causes. Moreover, the candidate will be able to work with people who are involved in the NUS’s present-day policy work, its campaigning activities and the preservation of its documentary heritage. Joint activities with the NUS, including preparations for the forthcoming centenary of the organisation, will offer manifold opportunities for sharing research findings beyond academia.

Expressions of interest should be received by the principal supervisor no later than January 6th 2020. Email Dr Daniel Laqua:

The deadline for applications through the Northumbria online portal is January 13th 2020. We expect to interview shortlisted candidates in February. The studentship will be awarded to the successful applicant subject to ratification by the Northern Bridge studentship committee.

More information about this studentship and about the application process including eligibility criteria, can be found at:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/studentships/nbc-dtp/

Please note: Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. NBC020/LAQUA) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

Each studentship consists of payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £15,009) funded for a nominal 42 months of study. The package also includes:
• access to a research support training fund to cover the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
• financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which focuses on career development and employability;
• financial support for placements

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