Moving on up

Roehampton campus

I’m delighted to announce some big and exciting news.

As from 1 September 2017, I will join the University of Roehampton as a Reader in Early Modern History. For those unfamiliar with the British system, there are four rungs of the academic ladder in the UK – Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor – so Reader is roughly equivalent to the higher end of Associate Professor in the US.

This means that I’m leaving New College of the Humanities, where I was one of the founding members of faculty, the first Head of the Faculty of History, and had the privilege of overseeing the design of two new degrees in History, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I’m proud to have seen so many of our students graduate with flying colours – in the three years to graduate to date, all History students amazingly came away with a first-class or upper-second-class degree. It is sad to say goodbye to so many wonderful colleagues, but, after six years, the time is right to move on, and I am really excited to be joining Roehampton.

Roehampton is a thriving, modern university, that grew out of four nineteenth-century colleges. It is based on a beautiful, tree-lined campus in South-West London, next to Richmond Park – there’s a kind of serenity to the grounds – but there’s also a feel of urgency and excitement, because Roehampton is really going places. It has one of the strongest research profiles of modern UK universities – and growing: I’m one of seven new academic appointments in History alone this year – but it’s also totally committed to teaching and fostering an excellent student experience. It is this combination that attracts me. So I’m looking forward to teaching there and continuing to write and broadcast: Roehampton are fully invested in public engagement in history.

I’ll also, rather thrillingly, be able to supervise PhD students, so if you’re thinking of a PhD in sixteenth-century history, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

46 thoughts on “Moving on up

  1. Congratulations on your move. I have a degree and teach but am looking at Masters study, in History of course! Actually, I’d love Museum StudiesI’ll be fifty by then, but watching and reading your work has inspired me to keep going, even when workload and my long commute tells me not to do it. Thank you and all the best for your start and work at Roehampton x

  2. You had me worried for a minute then, thought that was going to be America. Very best of luck to you in your new adventure.

  3. Congratulations and very best wishes in your new role. I hope last week’s public lecture was a success. Keep bringing the 16th century to life with new and exciting perspectives on a period that is so well “gone over” but so rarely is received wisdom challenged.

  4. Congratulations!
    As a member of the public who enjoys your television work,it is nice to see that academ appreciate you also.

  5. Congratulations to you, All that hard work has paid off, I hope all goes well in your new role at the university. It,s been great hearing that you are getting a dream job. All the best.

  6. Congratulations, Susannah! I wish you every happiness and success in your new role. The University of Roehampton looks like an incredible place to work, full of its very own history. All the very best to you.!

  7. Congratulations, how exciting for you, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours/adventures.

  8. Congratulations Suzannah.
    I’m a fan of your television programmes, admiring your grasp and delivery of history, all for the benefit of the inquisitive masses.
    Mikey Bradshaw

  9. Fantastic. My daughter is starting there in September reading Classics and Ancient History. She does love the Early Modern, especially Margaret Beaufort although the Romans and Greeks just edged it for studying at Uni.

  10. Sincere congratulations Suzannah. Roehampton have pulled off a major coup in landing someone of your calibre. I wish you much happiness and success in your new post.

    1. Congratulations! Im very happy for you! As an American Historian of Tudor Times, I soent many Hours in library studying Tudors. Iour Institution of Education in US We earn a BA first-4 yrs then on to PHD which for some can take 8 yrs or more . When one earns a PHD here We try for a Dr of History to teach at a university. I earn a BA at Carlow University in 1993-& been working off & on for a phd these many yrs. but I am glad to hear your news and your tv specials are great! Congrats!

  11. Congratulations Suzannah.. Let’s hope you still have time to present your brilliant history programmes – always so interesting and enjoyable

  12. That’s great news, Suzannah! I hope to catch up with you at future conferences.
    All good wishes,

  13. Congratulations well deserved have always enjoyed your tv programs hope your not to busy to make loads more, well done.

  14. Congrats on the first day as a reader, Suzannah! I’m currently squealing with delight making my way through ‘The Six Queens of Henry VIII’ (thank you for this!!). I know know important it is to have an excellent history teacher- my high school teacher instilled in me my love of history & I continued this into my university studies in Australia. When I finally got to visit The Motherland (ie. England) 10 years ago I cried with excitement visiting Hampton Court Palace for the first time & drove all the staff there potty!

  15. Many congratulations on your appointment. All the very best for your new exciting move.
    With best wishes,
    p.s. I have just moved to MCS, where I’m now Head of History

  16. Many congratulations on your appointment. All the very best for your new exciting move.
    With best wishes,

  17. Many congratulations from me on behalf of The Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge to whom you have been a wonderful supporter and speaker. Not sure whether David Templeman will see this, but he would undoubtedly add his good wishes to this message if seen. Good Luck for a wonderful and rewarding future (which it is destined to be). x

  18. All the very best to you Suzannah, both in your academic and broadcasting careers. Just to let you know that even at the very edge of western Canada, you have devoted followers and avid watchers of your wonderful programs!!

    Roehampton is obviously very luck to have you join them.

    Wishing you every continued success!!

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