Research Policy

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Mary Vincent, Chair of Research Policy Committee

One of the key objectives of the RHS is to represent historical research and scholarship within Higher Education and other research institutions. Our Research Policy Committee monitors all issues that affect historians’ research in the UK and maintains regular contacts with the research councils, the funding councils and government. READ MORE


Treelogo GR Home pageRHS Response to the Stern Review of the REF

Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) issued a call for evidence in January 2016 (read the full call here). The review will have important implications for the scholarly community and for history as a discipline, dealing with the mechanisms for allocating QR (quality-related research funding) and the shape of future REF exercises.  The Royal Historical Society has provided a robust and thoughtful response to Stern’s call, challenging the notion that metrics can be used to measure research quality in the arts and humanities and pointing to the consequences of the present system for our discipline, whilst reflecting on the positive changes to research culture engendered by the REF. Read the Society’s full response here.

 Interviews with Women Historians

To mark International Women’s Day the RHS is launching a new series of interviews with role models, beginning with three inspirational female historians – Margot Finn, Roberta ‘Bobby’ Anderson and Anindita Ghosh (pictured). READ MORE

RHS Response to AHRC consultation on the future of Doctoral Training Partnerships

AHRC logo GRIn October 2015 the Arts and Humanities Research Council issued a consultation document on the future of its Doctoral Training Partnerships scheme after the current agreements expire. This is obviously a matter of vital importance to the future support of postgraduate research in History as in all Arts and Humanities disciplines. You can read the Royal Historical Society’s submission to the consultation, which ended on 30 November 2015 here.

Freedom of InformationRHS Response on Freedom of Information

The RHS has conducted a brief consultation among academic historians and historical researchers in response to the Call for Evidence by the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. Mary Vincent has submitted this response from the Royal Historical Society

Gender bias ‘rife’ in University history departments

Gender imbalance scalesThe Times Higher Education highlights the findings of the RHS report on Gender Equality and Historians in UK Higher Education:  “Conditions for female academics in some university history departments “smack still of the 1970s”, according to a new report.”  Read the article.

Publication of RHS Gender Equality Report

Gender survey - graduation crop2We are very pleased to announce the publication of the RHS Report: Gender Equality and Historians in UK Higher EducationThe report analyses the results, both quantitative and qualitative, of the survey many of you completed last year.  Many thanks to everyone who replied and/or attended one of the workshops we held to discuss the findings. We were delighted to receive over 700 replies, 42% from men, with a good distribution across age, career stage and area of the UK. READ MORE.

History REF panel report

Read the History REF panel report on the nature and quality of submissions here. (Panel D report, pp 50-57)

22 Mar 2017RHS Submission to REF 2021 Consultation
15 Mar 2017Analysis of REF2014 Research Environments
04 Jan 2017Analysis of REF2014 Impact Case Studies
13 Apr 2016Response to Stern Review of the REF
08 Mar 2016Interviews with Women Historians for International Women’s Day
16 Dec 2015Review of the REF (Research Excellence Framework)
04 Dec 2015RHS Response to Independent Commission on Freedom of Information
19 Mar 2015All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History
03 Feb 2015RHS Report on Gender Equality and Historians in Higher Education
30 Jan 2015History REF Panel Report 2014