Offre d’emploi – Late Medieval English Society in Transition: the Tinsley Court Rolls in Context

Applications are invited for a PhD project studentship commencing on 1 October 2017. This opportunity arises from University of Sheffield funding dedicated to developing its research resources, in this case the Sheffield Archives.

Application deadline: 12pm, Friday 17 March 2017
Interviews: interviews will take place week commencing 27 March 2017


Project description

Supervisory team: Dr Charles West and Dr Eliza Hartrich

The archives in Sheffield hold a remarkable and well-preserved run of documents relating to the South Yorkshire manor of Tinsley, starting in the late thirteenth century and continuing through into the sixteenth century. The student on this three-year PhD project will focus on these neglected records to intervene in a number of current historiographical debates in late medieval English history, and will also work with local partners to introduce their research to the residents of modern-day Tinsley.

Project aims:

  1. To shed light on life in medieval Tinsley and South Yorkshire more generally, with particular attention to migration and to gender roles in a rural context;
  2. To prepare publicly accessible translations and databases of the Latin documents;
  3. To bring the archival material to bear on current debates in late medieval English historiography. The successful applicant will have the freedom to determine the exact focus of the project, but potential topics to be addressed include the survival and functioning of seigneurial and village institutions after the Black Death, popular agency in medieval village life, migration patterns, officeholding and gender roles, and the role of border regions along the ‘North-South’ divide;
  4. To collaborate with key partners including Sheffield City Archives and ‘Tinsley Time and Travel’, a Heritage Lottery funded-project run by Heeley City Farm, to explore the relevance of these documents in contemporary Tinsley.

Award Details

The three-year studentship will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate
  • An annual maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,553 in 2017-18)
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,000 per year for expenses related to their research, such as travel, conferences, books, consumables and equipment.

The studentship will commence on 1 October 2017.


To apply for the studentship, applicants need to apply directly to the University of Sheffield for entrance into the doctoral programme in History.

The general eligibility requirements are:

  • Applicants should normally have studied in a relevant field to a very good standard at MA level or equivalent experience.
  • Applicants should also have a 2.1 in a BA degree, or equivalent qualification, in a related discipline.
  • The studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Please note that international students will need to fund the difference between the UK/EU and international fees.

How to apply

  • Complete an application for admission to the standard history PhD programme here.
  • Applications should include a research proposal; CV; academic writing sample; transcripts and two references.
  • The successful candidate will produce a thesis that responds to these issues in relation to the archive in a manner they devise. Your plan for this should be outlined in a research proposal of up to 1000 words, along with details of your interest, expertise and experience in a related field.
  • Supporting documents can either be uploaded to your application or sent by email or post to Miss Abby Brown, Department of History, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S3 7RA.

If you have any academic enquiries about the project please contact Dr Charles West ( For application queries please contact Beky Hasnip (

Source : University of Sheffield

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