Virtual Research Environments
VRE in Political Discourse 1500-1800
University of East Anglia (School of History)
University of Hull
The project aims to develop a virtual research environment, capable
of expansion and of facilitating multiple participation, in the rapidly
evolving field of the history of political discourse 1500-1800. Over the
three years of funding, the project will:
Set up and pilot postgraduate research, research skills and MA teaching
programme, enhancing the value of on-line resources and maximising the potential
both of dispersed academic expertise and student demand.
Explore the potential of the ‘Access Grid’, as a potential platform for
Ensure that open and transferable technical platforms are in place for
access to resources, virtual research environments, academic interchanges
Deliver a set of software tools where required, guidelines and support
tools to the community on an open source basis.
Deliver a series of virtual and actual seminars, symposia and conferences
led by both academics and research students.
Roll out the programme to a number of other HE institutions in the UK by
the end of the programme.
Produce reports analysing the technical and pedagogic outcomes and their
implications for other VRE projects especially in the humanities.
The lead institution is the University of East Anglia (School of History),
working closely with its project partner, the University of Hull (Dept. of History).
Other institutions will be brought into the scheme over the lifetime of the project.
The project offers an opportunity to bring into being an exemplar for the humanities
approximating to the more advanced collaboration models available in the sciences.
Mark Knights (Project Director)
Simon Hodson (Project Manager)
School of History
University of East Anglia
Norfolk, NR4 7TJ
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