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I have successfully supervised 39 PhD students, 3 Phils and 4 MAs by Research. I have externally examined 21 PhD students , 6. MPhils and an MA by Research student. I have acted as internal examiner to 16 PhD students.I have also been Independent Chair in 5 recent PhDs.

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Last updated 6th February 2024


Diamond Jubilee Professor Emeritus of the University of Huddersfield since April 2012

Professor of History  September 1991- April 2012

Senior Lecturer in History 1975-1991

Assisant Lecturer, 2,1 and Lecturer in History 1971-1975

PhD University of Lancaster 1972

MA (Distinction) on Social History 1969

PGCE of the University of Manchester 1968

B.Sc in Social Sciences University of Bradford 1967

Research Expertise and Interests

I study and research into nineteenth century and twentieth century British history, focussing upon British Labour history, the history of the Communist Party, the Independent Labour Party, the Labour Party and other similar organisations. I have also researched and written on the hiistroy of policing in Britain, gambling, lesiure and sports. Much of my research deals with the years 1900 to 1950. I have published about 50 books and about 100 articles and chapters on this subject as well. I am willing to supervise students on any of these topics and have successfuly supervised 40 PhD students and externally examined 22 PhD students and many MA and M. Phil students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British History focusing upon British labour history, socialism, politics, policing, gambling, greyhounds racing and philanthropy.
  • British Labour History
  • Policing of Social Movements
  • Gambling
  • Women's History
  • Sport history
  • Football pools


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