History & Policy Network – Connecting Historians, Policymakers & the Media

History & Policy seeks a Consultant Historian  for Trade Union Project

Role: History & Policy is seeking a historian to research and devise a fellowship programme for historians to contribute to trade union educational provision in the UK.

Aim: The consultant will prepare the ground for the fellowship programme, which will enable historian fellows to create environments in which the content of trade unions’ education about their own historycan be actively reviewed and debated. Each fellow will work closely with a selected organisation to produce carefully tailored recommendations based on the most up-to-date professional research and taking into account both the perspectives of the participating unions and the logistics of their educational provision. Ultimately, this process should not only enhance members’ understanding of their movement’s past, but help both members and officials better to address the policy challenges they face in the twenty-first century.

The Project:   The consultant will make an initial survey, approach selected trade unions to secure their cooperationand then interview relevant national and regional officials to establish their needs and how such a fellowship programme can meet them. S/he will produce a report outlining the existing educational provision and the additional resources available in the participating organisations, along with the logistics of the fellowships (in terms of schedules, office space).

Logistics: The consultancy, enabled by King’s College London and managed by History & Policy, will comprise approximately 20 days, the exact schedule of work to be agreed by the historian and the trade unions concerned.

The consultancy fee is £4000, with a modest budget for travel expenses, to be paid in two tranches.  The deadline for applications is 28 April 2011, interviews will be on 19 May and the consultancy is expected to commence in June and be completed within 4-5 months.

Deliverables • Report describing how the fellowship programme would work.• Framework outlining how the logistics – schedules and location – would operate. • Key partners individuals and organisations with whom connections have been cemented and through which the fellowship would operate.

Person specification (Essential/Desirable)


  • A BA with a significant component of British labour history (E)
  • An MA or PhD with a significant component of British labour history (D)


  • Good knowledge of the machinery and ethos of British trade unions (E)
  • Awareness of the current political environment (E)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (E)
  • Excellent ability to network and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders (E)
  • Strong organisation and project management skills (E)
  • Good IT skills (in particular Microsoft Office suite)
  • (E) Experience   Historical consultancy/research experience outside academia (D)
  • Experience of effectively managing a project from start to end (E)
  • Experience of report writing for non-academic audiences (E)

Application process: Please send a CV (no more than 3 pages) and covering letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining how you meet the needs of this consultancy and why it interests you.

Please send to: fiona.holland@kcl.ac.uk by 28 April 2011.

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