Dr Hannah Dawson to join New College of the Humanities

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Appointment of new Senior Lecturer to History faculty at independent London college.

Dr Hannah Dawson

I am tremendously excited that Hannah is joining the team. She is a brilliant intellectual historian with a stellar pedigree, and she's full of dynamism and verve. I know the students will love her, and we are very lucky to have her.

New College of the Humanities has appointed Dr Hannah Dawson to join its growing team as a Senior Lecturer in the History faculty. Dr Dawson will join from the University of Edinburgh, where she holds a senior lectureship in the history of ideas.

Dr Dawson joins Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and visiting professors, Sir David Cannadine, an expert and commentator on British society and monarchy, and Niall Ferguson, whose specialisms include Economic and Imperial History.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, course convenor for History at NCH, said: “I am tremendously excited that Hannah is joining the team. She is a brilliant intellectual historian with a stellar pedigree, and she's full of dynamism and verve. I know the students will love her, and we are very lucky to have her.”

The History degree at NCH will give students the chance to focus on a diverse range of topics, including early medieval western Christendom, international economic history, the Crusades, the history of political ideas, the English civil war, and modern American history.

Professor AC Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Dr Dawson to the History faculty. She is a truly multi-faceted academic, with expertise and experience in teaching History, Philosophy and more besides.

“Our students will be expected to show curiosity and understanding beyond just one subject area, and Dr Dawson will be a great inspiration and support for them in her role as Senior Lecturer.”

Hannah was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a double first in history, went on to take the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and received her PhD for her thesis on John Locke and the problem of language in seventeenth-century philosophy. She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, from where she was appointed to a lectureship, and then a senior lectureship, in the history of ideas at the University of Edinburgh.

The announcement of Dr Dawson’s appointment comes as the Bloomsbury-based College prepares to make offers to its first intake of students, who will start their courses this September. Almost 30 per cent of the year group will benefit from either full Scholarships (nil fees) or generous Exhibitions which reduce fees to £7,200, significantly lower than those charged by many UK universities.

About New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities (NCH) is a first-class independent university college based in central London, offering a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students will have one of the best staff-student ratios in UK higher education and will benefit from a high number of contact hours as well as engaging and challenging weekly one to one tutorials.

Our Professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their passion and proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH will welcome its first intake of students in September 2012 and will prepare students for undergraduate degrees in: Law LLB, Economics BSc, History BA, Philosophy BA and English BA. In addition to their degree, all NCH students will also study towards the NCH Diploma, covering four modules from one of the other degree subjects or Politics as a contextual course, plus core courses in Applied Ethics, Logic and Critical Thinking, Science Literacy as well as a Professional Skills course.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district, and students will have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

NCH will make offers of full scholarships, or generous exhibitions worth 60% of the fees, to over a fifth of applicants. The deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for the first tranche of exhibitions is Sunday 11 March 2012.

The applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.

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