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92% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

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We’re very proud to have received a 92% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2014.

94% of our students say our staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about what they’re teaching.

91% of our students also say that our staff made their subject interesting and that the courses are well organised and run smoothly. 93% are happy with the teaching on their course.

If that’s not all The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK for the third year running!

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More about our Students’ Union and the national student survey ranking.

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Stories of Activism, a city-wide project run by the Department of History which works with activists to collect and record their stories, is holding another City Activist Walk on 2 July at 5.30pm from the Fargate entrance of Orchard Square and invites you to come along.

The project has been working with poet River Wolton to devise and perform the walk, in and around Sheffield city centre using the collected stories to traces the city’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The first walk, held as part of the recent In The City festival was a sell-out and Sheffield filmmaker Gemma Thorpe was commissioned to record it on film. The film can be seen here http://vimeo.com/97475159

If you’d like to come along, tickets are free, but please register at https://storiesofactivismwalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Two new publications for Benjamin Ziemann

Benjamin Ziemann - Encounters with Modernity book cover.In the past four weeks, Professor Benjamin Ziemann has published two monographs. His award-winning book on the “szientization” of the Catholic Church in the postwar period – described by one expert reviewer of the German edition as ‘one of the most important studies in contemporary history published in recent years’ – has been published as Encounters with Modernity. The Catholic Church in West Germany, 1945-1975 (New York: Berghahn, 2014).

 

Benjamin Ziemann - Veteranen der Republic book cover.A few weeks earlier, his book on the Contested Commemorations of the Great War in Weimar Germany, originally published with CUP in 2013, has now been released in German translation as Veteranen der Republik. Kriegserinnerung und demokratische Politik 1918–1933 (Bonn: J.H.W. Dietz, 2014). One recent review of the English version concluded: ‘Without doubt, this superb monograph will become compulsory reading for scholars working in the fields of World War I studies and modern European history alike.’

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Greek and Roman Cities

The Greco-Roman world was one of cities, many of which still shape the landscape of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East today. Yet the ancient city was not only a distinct architectural form, but also the centre of ancient people’s lives. Greek and Roman cities were arenas for politics and displays of power and status, venues for culture and entertainment and the backdrop for daily life, worship and death. Ancient ideas and politics, such as monarchy or democracy, developed in and for cities. Studying the ancient city, through its art, architecture and literature that survives today, means understanding the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman world and its heritage to modernity.

The Departments of Archaeology and History at the University of Sheffield are holding a free study afternoon for GCSE Students from local schools and colleges.  You will be introduced to ancient Greek and Roman cities and given a taste of what studying History or Archaeology at University is all about. You will have the opportunity to investigate two themes from the table below in small seminar groups, taught by final-year History and Archaeology students, with Dr Julia Hillner, Dr Jane Rempel and Prof Maureen Carroll offering concluding comments.

Seminar Topics may include:

  • Women in the city
  • Houses and households
  • Sacred spaces
  • Politics in the city
  • City and countryside
  • Cities and Slavery
  • End of the ancient city

For more information or to book places please contact:

Linda Billam, Schools’ Outreach Support Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield, email: l.billam@sheffield.ac.uk

History Teachers Conference

Teacher Conference – Teaching History at A Level

The Department of History warmly invites you to a conference for teachers of History at A Level. This unique opportunity will give you the chance to meet professors and lecturers from the University of Sheffield, to refresh your subject knowledge and to learn how we’ve developed our teaching in recent years. We are pleased to welcome the AQA Chair for A-Level History who will be speaking on the subject of ‘The New A Level History’.

You will receive a certificate of attendance to recognise the contribution this activity makes towards your continuing professional development.

The conference is free to attend and lunch and refreshments are also provided.

This year, for the first time, we are also running a ‘Teaching Archaeology and Classical Civilisation at A level‘ teacher conference, taking place on the same day. History attendees have the option to select sessions from both conference schedules, creating a bespoke programme to fit your particular areas of interest. (You will be presented with the options from both programmes at the point of completing the online registration form).

Find out more and register on our website.

New Histories: Final Issue of the Academic Year – Out Now

Our final issue of the academic year has just been published and you can access it here: http://newhistories.group.shef.ac.uk/wordpress/wordpress/category/issue-5-5-open-theme/

This is the current chief editing team’s last issue so as Sam and Kathryn move on, we’d like to thank you for your contributions and support over the last year!

Brad Bosson, Sam Ellis and Kathryn Robinson

Editors-in-Chief of New Histories

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Sheffield has a rich and vibrant history of activism. Over the past few years, the Stories of Activism in Sheffield, 1960-present project has been conducting interviews with activists from around the city. The city centre and its immediate surrounding areas are an important part of their stories. Join poet River Wolton and others as we trace the City’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The stories we tell will bring to life again—and update—the famous ‘Radical History Walk’. All participants are invited to add their stories as we walk, and contribute to the project’s growing collection stored at Sheffield Archives.

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Sheffield has a rich and vibrant history of activism. Over the past few years, the Stories of Activism in Sheffield, 1960-present project has been conducting interviews with activists from around the city. The city centre and its immediate surrounding areas are an important part of their stories. Join poet River Wolton and others as we trace the City’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The stories we tell will bring to life again—and update—the famous ‘Radical History Walk’. All participants are invited to add their stories as we walk, and contribute to the project’s growing collection stored at Sheffield Archives.