Student Experience at Swansea University, 1920 - 1990


SUPERVISOR(S) - Professor Louise Miskell and Dr Tomas Irish

RESEARCH DEGREE (PhD/M.Phil/MA by Research) - PhD

THESIS TITLE : Student experience at Swansea University, 1920-1990


The purpose of my thesis is to narrate and capture student life at Swansea University between the years 1920 and 1990, with particular attention placed on how students have reflected wider cultural trends. Its research focuses on numerous themes which include student experiences and attitudes towards the university, war, protest, gender, fashion, relationships, and the surrounding community. The finished article will aim to provide a true, comprehensive and cohesive account of student life at the institution through the uses of an oral history project, questionnaires and student based archival material.


My paper, Youth Culture and the 1950s Campus, was given at the Social History Conference (April 2017) and the Writing Modern Youth Conference (May 2017). I have been accepted to give papers at:

The symposium Universities, Communities and Spaces in Manchester (13 September 2017)

At this conference I will be giving a paper on A period of redefinition: Expansion at Swansea University.

Celebration, Commemoration and Collaboration – milestones in the history of education: History of Education Society 50th Anniversary Conference in Winchester (10-12 November 2017)

At this conference I will be giving a paper on Representing student experience within a university centenary: A case study of Swansea University.

The Welsh Women’s Archive 20th ANNUAL CONFERENCE in Aberystwyth (7-8 October 2017)

At this conference I will be giving a paper on Bob Baker’s Bird of the Week: Perceptions of femininity at Swansea University during the 1960s.


Internal article for Gorffennol (History department journal)


Fully funded scholarship from Swansea University