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Reader in History praises University’s relationship with America

A ‘SPECIAL’ partnership between the University of Chichester and a leading institution in America aimed at offering students a chance to study abroad has been praised by a Reader in Modern History.

The scheme, which has been running for three years, is part of a joint relationship between the University and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pictured below. It was produced by Dr Andrew Chandler, Director of the George Bell Institute and Reader in Modern History at Chichester, as well as Head of History at Franklin & Marshall Dr Maria Mitchell.

Dr Chandler said: “For three years we have enjoyed a special relationship with the history department at Franklin & Marshall. The purpose of the link is to make it possible for undergraduate history students at Chichester to research their dissertations in the field of America at a leading institution in the United States itself.”

Earlier this year University of Chichester students Charlie Petrie and Sophie O'Reilly spent a fortnight in Lancaster, USA, working on their BA dissertations - the former researching the origins of America’s War of Independence, while the latter on Louis Armstrong and segregation. Meanwhile, for the first time, Chichester welcomed Franklin & Marshall student Danny Pellegrino: a second year undergraduate pursuing an interest in the origins of the English Civil War.

The history student’s fortnight gave him a taste of research in a succession of different contexts, introducing him to the University and Cathedral libraries, as well as the British Library in London, which he attended during an extended weekend in the capital. He also met Andrew Chandler and a number of other lecturers from the department, and was able to visit the Pallant House Gallery as well as the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

Dr Chandler, pictured, added: “Danny had not visited the United Kingdom before, but it is surely an indication of the success of this exchange that he would certainly wish to return. We hope that what is now an established relationship between the two departments will continue to prosper.”

To find out more about the study scheme within the University’s History Department visit www.chi.ac.uk/history. Alternatively for more about the Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania go to www.fandm.edu.