The Department of History is a dynamic and active research department with wide-ranging strengths and interests, particularly in the early modern and modern periods. The work of historians at Strathclyde is grouped within three broad research clusters:
1. Scottish and British History
2. International History
3. Science, Technology and Medicine
Although these groups have clear identities within the Department, there are considerable crossover interests and interactions between them. Oral history research, another departmental strength, is conducted within all of these areas.
Members of the Department are actively involved in a number of learned societies and professional organisations (including serving on executive and steering committees) and regularly organise and host high profile international conferences across all three areas of research activity. The Department also runs its own highly successful research centres and seminars that underline its commitment to supporting internationally-recognised high quality research. The Scottish Oral History Centre, for example, is established as the leading research and teaching centre of its type in the country and as well as taking a leading role in training and research has recently secured funding for a pioneering collaboration with Glasgow Museums which stands as a model of knowledge transfer activity (underpinned by an AHRC KT fellowship). The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare runs a number of conferences, seminars and postgraduate programmes in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University. The Modern British History Network was established in 2006-07 as a joint venture of the Universities of Strathclyde and Stirling and is also supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Further details of the activities of research centres and networks based in the Department can be found by following the links on this page.
The Department has a strong record in attracting research funding from the major research councils, notably the AHRC, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust, and the British Academy. Several members of the Department serve as assessors for peer review colleges/panels.
The Department has a large and expanding postgraduate community conducting research within each of the Department’s research areas. The Department places particular emphasis on developing postgraduate research and is pleased to support a number of seminars and conferences organised by students within the Department. Strathclyde’s PhD students have a good record of moving into permanent academic posts after graduation. The Department also supports postgraduate research in Czechoslovak history through its partnership in the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies.