Is postgraduate study for you? It was for Rachel Newton, here’s what she has to say…

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Full Name: Rachel Newton

Undergraduate Course: History

What type of postgraduate study did you do/are you doing? Master’s

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Why did you decide to undertake postgraduate study:

I wanted to continue with the research I had undertaken at undergraduate level on Nancy Astor. Also, I had the opportunity to be part of the Astor100 engagement project alongside my studies.

Why did you choose to do postgraduate study at Reading?

The History department at Reading is fantastic and it was a no brainer. The support, research-led teaching, and variety of specialities is so brilliant at Reading, so I chose to apply here. Also, the Special Collections Archive at the University is such a great source for primary research, especially for Nancy Astor.

What has been the best thing about doing postgraduate study?

The in-depth research opportunity was really great, to be able to pursue your own historical interests. Also, the opportunities in public history and engagement projects within the department were a great experience and were really fun.

What tips would you give to someone considering applying for postgraduate study?

There are so many great extra-curricular opportunities available outside the course, in the department, RUSU and the Uni more generally, make the most of these as well as your course!

How did your UROP experience influence your decision to go on to postgraduate study?

The research opportunity was such a great insight into the process of in-depth research and presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity that led to my involvement in the wider ASTOR100 project as an impact assistant, through my final undergraduate year and into MA. UROP was a fantastic opportunity and my experience definitely encouraged me to apply for an MA.