17th May 2019
Former York College A Level student, Rebekah Hodginkson, has been successful in being offered a prestigious AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership studentship starting in October 2019. The programme is a partnership between The Open University, Oxford University and Cambridge University working in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the National Trust and British Telecom.
Having studied Modern History, Fine Art and Philosophy at York College, Rebekah progressed to study History and Politics at the University of Manchester where she achieved a First Class Honours degree. Currently completing a Masters degree in Modern History at Warwick University, the AHRC scholarship will allow Rebekah to develop her research skills in a subject area that fits well with her previous studies. Working on a project that is a collaboration between Oxford University and the National Trust, Rebekah will be researching the photographic collection of a stately home with a focus on The Empire in the 19th and 20th century. Rebekah says: “I enjoy the subject matter and am looking forward to dedicating time to researching it. I am also looking forward to working with the National Trust and experiencing working with them.” At the end of the programme Rebekah will publish her thesis and will have a greater understanding of the roles available in both academia and the Heritage sector.
Returning to York College Rebekah spoke to current A Level History students about the route she had followed and studying the subject further. Remembering her time at College she said: “I chose to study here because I wanted more independence and I really enjoyed it. My favourite thing that I remember most was how friendly and supportive my tutors were. Being on first name terms with them and being able to go to them about anything was great and I’ve kept in touch with several of them.”