Merger of History and Politics creates new School

Posted by er134 at Aug 22, 2016 05:00 PM |
New School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR) announced

The University is committed to remaining a leading teaching and research-intensive university.  Over the last several months, we have begun putting into action a range of initiatives that will help us achieve the kind of university envisioned in the Strategic Plan that we launched last year: a university which is more focused, agile, innovative and sustainable, and able to achieve significant innovations in education, research and enterprise.

As part of our transformation programme to help deliver our strategic plan, the University has restructured a number of academic units within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities into new Schools from 1 August.

We have already announced our new School of Business. Now our School of History and Department of Politics and International Relations have also become a single School, headed by Dr George Lewis.

Through this merger, and as part of the review of the institution as a whole, we hope to increase student recruitment and conversion where there is scope to do so; generate imaginative ideas for growth through the design of new teaching programmes; and stimulate more efficient and imaginative collaborations in research and learning. Part of the institutional plan is also to generate efficiencies in our administrative systems and processes, and rethink how we deliver some of our support functions.

Dr Lewis said: “The School of History and Department of Politics and International Relations have already been working closely together for a number of years, including in the delivery of joint degrees such as History and Politics, International Relations and History, and on the Contemporary History degree. Colleagues also have a long history of jointly supervising PhD students. This merger will enable closer co-operation over curriculum design and delivery of high-quality teaching, greater harmonisation of student-facing processes, and facilitate the development of fresh interdisciplinary research projects.”

Professor Julie Coleman, Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, added: “The complementary strengths of these two units will enable them to develop their excellent research and teaching cultures further still. Students studying across what were once two separate units will begin to see some immediate benefits in a more joined-up student experience. We cannot attribute it to the restructuring, but I’m also delighted that the new School has recruited exceptionally well for the coming academic year.”

The proposal to merge the departments into a new School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR) was approved by Senate in June.

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