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Postgraduate Research

The CNCS Postgraduate community is a vital part of the centre. Balancing the academic and social side of being an international research centre, the postgraduates in CNCS meet socially as well as organising conferences, study groups, and discussing our research in our Facebook group. Our postgraduate representatives also sit on the Advisory Group to represent the interests of the postgraduate community.

We are always keen on welcoming new members and ideas from any university; our only requirement is an interest in the long 19th century.

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Doctoral Research

CNCS gives postgraduates the access and opportunity to contribute to a vibrant research culture and world-class research. The centre has world-leading academics across multiple disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences. In addition, CNCS also has excellent links with our neighbouring universities at Newcastle and Northumbria.

Postgraduates working with CNCS will benefit from a rich research environment where postgraduates are fully immersed in CNCS activities and research. As a research centre, CNCS offers a place for interdisciplinary enquiry and the development of research projects across disciplines. We have a thriving postgraduate community who organise regular study groups and research conversations. CNCS also supports postgraduates by giving access to career development and training from academic publishing to careers in and outside academia.

CNCS plays an important role in the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Scheme. As a flourishing research centre, CNCS gives students the opportunity to develop their research, organise research events and work with exceptional research staff and strategic partners.

More information about the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership is available online.

Postgraduate Publications

Miss Carrie Long

‘Yours humbly, sincerely, and obediently’? The Social Agency of Petitioning, c1789 -1860. (AHRC funded, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership project). in the Department of History

My PhD is a collaborative project with Durham University, The National Archives and The National Maritime Museum, but alongside my PhD research I worked with The National Archives' Learning and Engagement Team. I used my archival research to write a lesson plan on criminal petitions to highlight what they can tell us about the nineteenth-century judicial system. This type of lesson plan is suitable for a Key Stage 4 and 5 audience and it was particularly  rewarding in a year when remote learning became the norm to help home-learners, children and parents by sharing my research in an online resource. Although aimed primarily at children, these are fascinating hand-written petitioning letters by a diverse range of ordinary people and I hope sharing their stories is of wider

The link to the resource is here: