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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 collaboration.
  • Ensure that open and transferable technical platforms are in place for access to resources, virtual research environments, academic interchanges and publications.
  • 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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