My London history students’ knowledge of Ireland is, at times, shocking

At school they have learned little of Irish history – and not much more of their own

Joan Redmond: ‘I fear for British academia and its further provincialisation with Brexit’

Joan Redmond: ‘I fear for British academia and its further provincialisation with Brexit’

I am an Irish academic working in the UK, in the fields of Irish and British history. My perspectives on Brexit, Britain and Ireland are centred around universities and education, but I think many of my experiences would be similar to other Irish people in the UK.

I moved to the UK in 2011 to pursue a Master’s degree in history at the University of Cambridge. After completing it, I stayed on there to do a PhD in history. I had the option of returning to Ireland to study for the PhD, which was tempting.

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