“What I’m really interested in is what was being used as money before coins came into common use in England. Being part-time I have limited time at the university, but the events that I’ve attended, and more especially the people that I’ve met, have more than made up for the limited opportunities to talk and socialise. The conferences, occasional lectures and presentations and the field trips that I’ve attended have helped me to view my own research differently, suggesting new avenues of research and reinforcement of what I’ve been doing. That the approach has been cross-disciplinary has been very useful, as it’s far too easy to compartmentalise when involved in a specialist field. When I started out, what I really required was some mental stimulation, and this I’ve found in the company of people who also really enjoy learning and who are friendly, constructive and open-minded about their subjects.”
[Mark Errington (part-time), who is researching money and money-equivalents in seventh- and eighth-century England.]
“I chose Birmingham and this course for two reasons. First and foremost there was the option to study part-time, which was essential for me with my family commitments and not being resident in Birmingham. Secondly, once I began making enquiries it became apparent that the staff members I was dealing with were interested in my background as a mature student, and seemed willing to tailor their input to suit my needs. This has continued to be the case: I came to Birmingham with clear ideas about what I wanted to research, and although they have been modified as I’ve learnt more about the medieval period, I’ve never felt that I was being pushed into a mould. In my experience the programme is about learning how to do your own research, in an encouraging and stimulating environment. Everyone I’ve met, both staff and fellow postgraduates, has been willing to share expertise - as often over coffee in the Common Room as in the weekly Research Seminars.”
[Katherine Lack (part-time), who is researching the life of Duke Robert Curthose and the impact of 'political propaganda' in the eleventh-century Anglo-Norman succession disputes.]
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