Funding Success for Project on Ex-Service Students

One of the projects supported via an World War One Engagement Centre grant has secured funding for follow-up research! Back in 2018, a team of academic researchers (Daniel Laqua, Georgina Brewis, Sarah Hellawell) worked with community partners (National Union of Students, Workers’ Educational Association) to shed light on students who had undertaken wartime service, placing particular emphasis on their involvement in university life and their efforts for international cooperation. Their project ‘British ex-service students and the rebuilding of Europe, 1919–1926’ resulted in a series of public events, blog posts, newsletter content as well as a 16-page pamphlets. Moreover, archival research in Edinburgh, Durham, Newcastle and London helped the team to identify a number of fresh research angles, which will now be pursued thanks to a 2020 Anniversary Grant from the Society for Educational Studies (SES). The new project – involving the same group of researchers – is entitled ‘University access and student life in the aftermath of the Great War: local, national and transnational dimensions of the Scheme for the Higher Education of Ex-Service Students (1918)’. Laqua, Brewis and Hellawell will investigate a transformative moment in the history of British higher education, focusing on funding provisions for ex-service students. As with its forerunner, work with community partners will generate a series of public engagement activities.

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