Graduation Reception 2015

Congratulations to all our students that graduated this year! We were delighted to be able to celebrate with some of them at our Graduation Reception on Friday 17th July.

Some of our academic staff were delighted to celebrate with this year's graduates

School of History academic staff were delighted to celebrate with this year’s graduates

A number of students were also awarded with School of History prizes:

Best First
Marina-Chevonne Spiteri

Best History Dissertation (split)
Marina-Chevonne Spiteri
Jody Williams

Best War Studies Dissertation
David Thorup

Most Improved Performance
Hayley Kirk

Copley Prize (split)
Sean Spencer
Lynne Roberts

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Megan Brett

Best Imperial/non-Western History Dissertation (split)
Jessica Houghton
Oliver Harrison

Special Prize – Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience
The History Society Committee:
Kate Morgan – President
Stuart Austin – Vice-President
Laura Jewitt – Secretary

Rotary Prize
Joseph Clements
Marina-Chevonne Spiteri

Student Ambassadors
Kate Morgan
Laura Jewitt
Louise Jarrold

School launches new ‘Secret Science: A Century of Posion Warfare and Human Experiments’ book

The School of History hosted a launch party on Thursday 9 July, to celebrate the release of Professor Ulf Schmidt’s latest book Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments.

The book, which has been used to inform an episode of BBC World Service’s Witness radio series on the chemical tests at Porton Down, provides a comprehensive history of chemical and biological weapons research in Britain and North America. It incorporates previously top secret military, scientific, and government archival material with interviews with servicemen and scientists whilst recognising developments in global debates on medical ethics.

A number of Porton Down veterans attended the launch, which took place at Canterbury’s Cathedral Lodge, as well as academics and staff from the School.

Secret Science: A Century of Posion Warfare and Human Experiments

Ulf Schmidt Secret Science CoverProfessor Ulf Schmidt’s latest book Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments has been used to inform an episode of BBC World Service’s Witness radio series.

Since acting as a principle expert witness on informed consent in the 2004 Inquest looking into the death of Ronald Maddison, a twenty-year-old Royal Air Force engineer who died after being exposed to a nerve agent at Porton Down in 1953, Professor Schmidt has researched and written about the history of medical ethics and national security in post-war British and European societies.

His latest work, Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments, provides a comprehensive history of chemical and biological weapons research in Britain and North America by incorporating previously top secret military, scientific, and government archival material with interviews with servicemen and scientists whilst recognising developments in global debates on medical ethics.

Professor Schmidt’s research has also been used to inform an episode of BBC World Service’s Witness on Chemical Weapons Tests at Porton Down.

Update 09/07/2015:

Professor Schmidt’s research has appeared as a major news item on the University of Kent website and in The Independent newspaper.

Secret Science is published by Oxford University Press and more information can be found on the publisher’s catalogue.