PhD Induction Day, Cambo House

Photo credit Lukas Bagin.

Photo credit Lukas Bagin.

The School of History recently welcomed its new cohort of postgraduate research students with an Induction Day at Cambo House, organised by Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Aileen Fyfe.

The day was distinctly autumnal as the group assembled for the short trip to the Cambo Estate at Kingsbarns, and the 1880s house loomed through the fog as we approached up the long drive; but there was a blazing fire awaiting us in the grand drawing room.

The morning started with a lively discussion of what a PhD actually involves, followed by a consideration of the skills that might be useful (or essential!) and how to get them. The incoming students particularly appreciated the chance to talk with existing PhD students. Although John Condren, Claire Hawes, and Jason Varner denied that there was anything significant that they wished they had been told when they were starting out, the senior students still came up with a remarkable range of tips (see John’s recent blog along these lines).

There were plenty of opportunities to get to know each other over coffee, as well as investigating the fabulous array of Victorian and Edwardian objects scattered through the rooms (hats, a portable typewriter, grape scissors and an explosive detonator hiding under the sideboard).

Photo credit Lukas Bagin.

Photo credit Lukas Bagin.

Lunch was served in the dining room, where the new postgraduates were formally welcomed by Deputy Head of school, Dr Bridget Heal.

After lunch, we strolled through the (still foggy) woods to the sea; and walked a short section of the coast path, which inspired some plans for a future Crail to St Andrews walk. On the way back to the house, we encountered some extremely friendly Skyrian foals. Hot tea was much appreciated!

The School of History welcomes all its new research students and wishes them the best of luck in the coming years!

Potential applicants can find information on our webpage and apply online. Those intending to apply for funding via the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities should be aware that they will need to be in possession of a PhD offer from St Andrews by early January 2015. There is also a  Facebook group for prospective postgraduate students.

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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