Dr Marc Collinson
Honorary Research Fellow; Tiwtor
Cynorthwywr Cyffredinol (Gwasanaethau Masnachol: Arlwyo)
- PGCertHE (part 1 & 2)
Post-doctoral teaching experience
Academic year 2019-20
Marc developed, convened, and taught on a number of modules. This included:
- Working with Dr Hefin Gwilym to develop, convene, and deliver sessions on the all-school, cross-disciplinary skills module 'Essential Skills for Academic Success'. This is composed of full-module lectures on generic skills, discipline specific seminar strands, and a single cross-school assessments.
- Delivered sessions on Political History and the History of Ideas on the MA core module 'Themes and Issues in History'.
Academic year 2018-19
Marc developed and taught on a number of modules. He:
- Modified, convened and delivered lectures on the 'Past Unwrapped' [the compulsory history and archaeology skills module], co-ordinating a team of postgraduate tutors
- Convened and led the seminars for 'Global Wales'
- Led seminars for 'Debating History' [compulsory history and archaeology historiography module]
- Taught first year seminars on 'Modern Politics in Action'
Postgraduate teaching experience
For four years during his PhD, Marc was a Postgraduate Tutor within the then School of History and Archaeology teaching on a series of undergraduate modules. These included:
- Delivering lectures and seminars on part 2 modules Post-war Europe (AY 2016-17) and Postwar Britain (AY 2015-16; 2017-18).
- Delivering Seminars on: 'Shaping the Twentieth Century (AY 2013-14,2014-15); 'The Past Unwrapped [the skills module]' (AY 2015-16,2016-17,2017-18); War, Society and the Media (AY 2015-16).
Building on PhD research that examined Labour party policymaking and post-war commonwealth immigration, Marc's research interests centre on three main themes:
The first focuses on understanding the role of political parties within the policymaking process within their historical contexts. This examines how the policymaking process developed within political parties, the relationship between parties and government through the agency of party leaders, ministers, and policy networks, and the role of ideas and their champions within a dissaggregated party structure. His PhD examined this process with regard to post war Commonwealth Immigration. Further development of this work is in the early stages.
The second examines the role of policymaking as a process of how political actors and their supporting institutions, constructed and articulated political appeals and how, through a a process that Peter Clarke and Duncan Tanner have termed the 'social purchase of ideas', they appealed to the interests and values of voters. The major output from this project will be a monograph (in preparation) re-examining the 1964 election contest at Smethwick within its various global, national, regional, and local contexts, reinterpreting the wider electoral context of the poll as a political history study. Alongside this, an article in preparation for Contemporary British History will demonstrate how this was undertaken by the National Front in northern England.
The third analyses the relationship between the election process, political parties, and the construction of 'public opinion' through the prism of popular politics. Building on the work of Jon Lawrence and other scholars, it seeks to understand how British politics since 1931 has been analysed by British scholars and authors throughout the post-war period. A 'historiographical review' article is in preparation as the first output of this early-stage project.