Department of History

Our students

A history degree can open doors to a huge variety of skills and careers. Some of our past and current students share their stories below. 

Current students

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Emily Oxbury – Third-year History and Politics BA

Both subjects require a lot of analysis, gathering sources, gathering evidence. That’s translated great into my work at the University Radio Nottingham (URN). There’s a lot of skills that I’ve already seen translate into work scenarios.
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Matt McGinn – PhD History

My PhD is an oral history of football and national identity in Galicia. It struck me that this is an area where there hasn't been a great deal of research.
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Our graduates


Emma Sharman – Graduate Quantity Surveyor 

BA History graduate, 2020 

In history, I was told from the word go, ‘you’ve got to be able to present your case, present your argument’. You’ve got to be able to negotiate. Now, I am negotiating with sub-contractors over price!
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Emma Pluck – Principal at Capgemini Invent

BA History graduate, 2009  

I absolutely loved my time at Nottingham. With history, it’s a lot of digesting different arguments and trying to come up with a solution or helping to answer a question around a problem statement.
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Rachel Ashdown – Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, BBC 

BA History graduate, 1993 

I loved finding out about things that had gone before and the course at Nottingham was very broad. You just literally did a bit of everything and that was what appealed.
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Department of History

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