Job Opportunity: Researcher and Designer for our History Matters Blog

Researcher and Designer for History Matters Blog

This post is open to current students and employees of the University of Sheffield only.


The Department of History wishes to recruit a promising candidate to help develop its well-established History Matters blog into a major public-history resource. Having been active since 2012, History Matters needs not only cosmetic and technical refreshing, but has also accumulated a significant archive of articles which need cataloguing and reorganising into a new more user-friendly interface.

The successful candidate will play a key role in designing and developing History Matters into an outstanding public-facing resource, targeted at schools, interested general readers, and other students and scholars. Building on the blog’s strong reputation for relevant and original historical comment, the appointed blog assistant will help to redesign History Matters to create a reference section alongside the topical content. The blog redesign constitutes a key aspect of the Department’s recruitment and public-engagement strategies. The two principal aims of the project are:

– to redesign the blog to create an accessible interface and increase the accessibility of our rich archive of public-history content;

– and to categorise the content in a way which targets current A-level topics and appeals directly to History students.

The blog assistant will work in close collaboration with other colleagues, especially the editors of the blog, and so the precise structure of the project will be tailored to the specific strengths and interests of the candidate. In general terms, however, it is anticipated that the appointment will cover three key areas:

  • training on the blog and researching the archive of available material;
  • researching A-level modules and relating them to the structure and content of the blog;
  • and redesigning the blog’s structure and interface.

The successful candidate will receive any necessary training in the use of WordPress and associated technologies for blogging, including plug-ins and the operation of Content Management Systems. As well as working with the blog editors, the designer will also receive support from the History Department’s IT & Learning Technology Manager, James Pearson, who is the blog’s technical advisor.

This post is for five hours per week (though there may be some flexibility from week to week), with an immediate start date and an end date of 30 September 2016.

This role is paid at grade 6.1 on the University of Sheffield salary scales (£13.71 per hour, plus holiday pay).


Essential qualities:

  • Excellent English-language communication, spoken and written
  • Confident user of IT and digital/social media
  • An interest in communicating historical research to wider audiences
  • Clear organisational skills
  • An ability to categorise and organise qualitative data

Desirable qualities:

  • Experience with blogging
  • An interest in History teaching and in current A-level content
  • Experience in communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Experience in using, designing and/or building digital/web resources
  • Experience in online research
  • Experience in use of WordPress

How to apply

A brief statement (one side of A4 maximum) explaining your suitability for the role, along with your CV, should be sent to Caroline Dodds Pennock at by Friday 15th April 2016.

Informal enquiries about this post should be directed towards Caroline Dodds Pennock:, 0114 222 2579.