Professor Henry French, Head of History
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In top 150 worldwide rankings for subject (QS World University Rankings 2012-3)
- 95% of research was rated as of international quality with 20% being classified as ‘world leading’
- Over £2 million external research funding awarded in 2011/12, with a further £1 million already awarded in 2012/13
- 21 fully funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
- Top 10 for History in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 and The Complete University Guide 2014
- Ranked 3rd amongst Russell Group universities for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012)1
Message from the Head of History, Professor Henry French
With almost 50 staff on two campuses, Streatham and Cornwall, History at Exeter is one of the largest departments in the discipline within the UK. History at Exeter offers a tremendous range of subjects, stretching from early Medieval England, through histories of religion, class, power, race, war and empire, into the late twentieth century. Our varied research culture will allow you to study everything from the Crusades to Nazi Germany, or witchcraft to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our programmes offer an exciting mix of subjects, approaches, time periods, and you will gain from the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of my colleagues. By experiencing new types of history, new ways of historical thinking, you will develop new perspectives both on the past and the present by the end of your time at Exeter.
At Exeter you will work with active researchers and we also encourage students to find out more about ongoing research, particularly through History's research seminar series. In addition to the departmental research seminar series, the Centres for Medieval Studies, Medical History, Maritime Historical Studies, Early Modern Studies and War, State and Society, each have their own vibrant research seminars during term-time. These provide opportunities to hear about the latest research undertaken by subject specialists in a range of disciplines at Exeter and elsewhere, and they contribute to a lively research culture.
In 2012 the Exeter University Students’ Guild praised History for its ‘excellent lecturers, new and innovative teaching, consistently placing students first and an overall desire to strive for the very best’. This desire to excel in teaching has been recognised by consistently high scores in the National Student Survey, with History being placed third within the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in 2012.
Professor Henry French
Head of History
1 based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities