What course are you currently studying?
I am currently studying a postgraduate degree in Archives and Records Management.
Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?
I completed my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Liverpool and continued to live in Liverpool after graduating in 2017. Liverpool was therefore a natural choice for postgraduate study as I already knew the city and the university well. The postgraduate course in Archives and Records Management at the University of Liverpool is also accredited by the Archives and Records Association meaning it is a recognised qualification in becoming an archivist or records manager.
What’s the best thing about studying in your department?
The Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS) frequently runs events and workshops that students on the course are encouraged to attend. These are great opportunities both to extend knowledge outside of the parameters of the course but also a chance to network with professionals in the region.
How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?
The library facilities at the University are really great, and the department specific Librarians in particular are extremely helpful in providing support. The department also has a specific Palaeography library which contains resources and an extra study space for Archives and Records Management students.
What kind of support do you get from tutors?
The tutors on my course are all very approachable and more than willing to help. They also encourage students to join professional Archives and Records Management organisations and provide useful resources for when students are employed in professional roles.
What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?
I enjoy being surrounded by like-minded students committed to pursuing careers in archives and records management. There is also lots of opportunities to get involved in additional projects and groups related to the course. For example, alongside one of my tutors I co-ordinate an archival theory reading group that meets fortnightly, this is a great opportunity to discuss issues and theories relating to archives and records management in a relaxed format, as well as a way of getting to know my course mates better.
How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?
In order to pursue a career in Archives and Records Management an accredited post-graduate qualification is normally an essential requirement. As a result, the employment rate for graduates of this masters is high. As part of the course you have the opportunity to complete a cataloguing placement in an archive service of your choice which also gives you practical experience in a professional environment.
What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?
I would recommend gaining a range of experience in the Archives and Records Management sector before considering applying for the course at Liverpool. Gaining as much experience as possible before applying allows you to understand what a career in archives and records management entails and really helps with the theoretical aspects of the course.