The Future of History at Aston and LSBU

The Social History Society is dismayed at the news that undergraduate History programmes are under threat at Aston University and London South Bank University. These are the latest in a series of cuts and threats to Humanities teaching in the English HE sector, mostly among post-92 institutions. Alongside the personal distress these cuts cause to … Continued

COVID-19 and the future of our discipline

The Social History Society has released an official statement on the impact of Covid-19 on the working lives of historians, and the implications for the future of our discipline. Click here to read more.

RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Report

The SHS wishes to draw attention to this important report by the Royal Historical Society on race, ethnicity and equality within our discipline. We encourage all our members to read it and to share it through their own networks. Our chair, Prof Pamela Cox, attended the launch of the report and will look forward to … Continued

SHS Statement on the USS Pensions Dispute

The Social History Society has released an official statement on the UCU industrial action, in which many of our members are currently participating.

The statement emphasises our belief ‘that¬†universities should work to maintain the conditions of employment under which academics were originally employed, including pensions’. It also notes the degree of precarity often faced at the beginning of academic careers and that the proposed changes to the USS pension will significantly add to precarity at the end of academic careers as well.

Click the link above to read the full statement.

Jonathan Saha explains why so many SHS members are on strike

We are now five days into a strike called by the University and College Union (UCU), with another nine days of walkouts scheduled over the next two weeks. The strike has been called to defend the University Superannuation Scheme (USS), the pension scheme that staff in most pre-1992 UK universities are part of. Jonathan Saha explains why so many members of the Social History Society have felt compelled to take part in this industrial action, and why the dispute is particularly worrying given recent changes to patterns of employment in UK university History departments.