Postgraduate Study Space

The School of History aspires to provide all research postgraduates with access to desks, though the growing number of PhD candidates and pressures upon University space is making this increasingly difficult, and it is in particular unlikely that first year PGRstudents will have a desk space. Priority at the moment is given to students who are at the writing up stage of their thesis. Working space is allocated by the Director of Postgraduate Studies; students should initially make contact with Mrs Elsie Johnstone in the School Office, St Katharine’s Lodge (tel 462907; e-mail

If you are lucky enough to be allocated study space, please adhere to the following rules:

  • If you have been allocated study space, please ensure you lock up when you leave.
  • Rooms should be kept tidy at all times and specifically there should be no alcohol consumed in the room.  Also no personal cooking equipment or electrical items which have not been electronically tested and approved by the University should be brought in. 
  • Please remember this is a study space and not a common room.
  • Working space is at such a premium that, if you are allocated somewhere to work, it is essential that you use it regularly; if you do not, your desk will be re-allocated to another postgraduate.
  • Once your thesis has been submitted you are no longer entitled to study space and you should return your keys and remove all your belongings.