Department of History

Our students

A history degree can open doors to a huge variety of careers. Some of our alumni share their stories below. 


Rachel Ashdown – Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at the BBC 

BA History graduate, 1993 

I think I chose history because I really enjoyed it. 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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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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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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Matt McGinn - Student

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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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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