The East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning (EMC) was founded in 2015. It brings together historians from the nine subscribing institutions in the EMC (Bishop Grosseteste, De Montfort, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Loughborough, Northampton, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent) to develop, share, promote and investigate excellence in history teaching in higher education. The EMC’s goals are:

  • To improve history teaching and learning in universities
  • To advocate for history education, its value and relevance, and enhance student recruitment
  • To create a networking and knowledge exchange hub for history educators in the East Midlands
  • To develop impact case studies, public engagement and funding applications
  • To develop research and publications in history teaching and learning
  • To become a beacon for history pedagogy building national/international contacts and networks
  • To engage pre-HE history educators to create a long-term and holistic approach to history pedagogy


  • Annual event for East Midlands historians and student representatives
  • Specific workshops, including a biannual teaching practice seminar
  • Hosting of national and international experts and partners
  • Training/mentoring programme for those new to teaching
  • A website including online resource hub and social media presence
  • Forging active links to major journals in the field of history/humanities pedagogy
  • Providing seed-corn funding for projects
  • Initiating and supporting collaborative inquiry projects on issues such as e-learning, employability, assessment and feedback, mentoring, transition, student engagement
  • Enabling collaborations with schools, employers and wider publics on impact case studies


  • The Centre is run by a Steering Committee consisting of at least one representative from each participating institution and at least one student representatives
  • The Steering Committee will meet 3 times per annum focusing on strategic planning, goals and activities
  • The Centre will be hosted by one of the nine institutions, which will rotate between institutions on a biennial basis
  • The University of Northampton will host the Centre from 2022-24. Previously the Centre was hosted by Loughborough University (2015-2017), the University of Derby (2017-19) and the University of Nottingham (2019-22 – extended due to emergency of Covid-19 pandemic).
  • Support is provided through employment of PG student(s) as administrator

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