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The Emerging Scholars Programme was launched in 2022 and brought together a dynamic team of History MA students to advance collective understanding of how profits from the transatlantic slavery economy funded  the cultural and educational development of the University of Manchester and the wider city region. In the process, we hoped this research would serve as a resource for a more sustained, uninterrupted dialogue about how this history and its far-reaching and destructive legacies should be addressed.

*The deadline for applications for the Summer 2024 Emerging Scholars Programme has now passed.*


The Emerging Scholars Programme 'Class of 2023' featured Nancy Adams, Faiza Azam, Jaden Haynes, Katie Haynes, Courtney Jones and Jeevan Kaur Sanghera. 

You can learn more about their research online and at the Founders & Funders: Slavery and the building of the University exhibition which will be on at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester until 23 March 2024.

This Programme seeks to address what has been described as the "broken pipeline" from postgraduate study to careers in the academic and heritage sectors, by providing paid research-mentored opportunities to a team of historians including a plurality of Global Majority students. We are concerned with addressing the well-documented structural inequalities in the discipline of History in the UK, which have created barriers to access and participation for racially minoritised students, particularly those of African and African Caribbean heritage. As outlined in the Royal Historical Society's Race, Ethnicity and Equality Report (2018), these racial inequalities have powerfully shaped what histories are told and who is involved in the telling. 

The Emerging Scholars Programme is funded by the University of Manchester's Social Responsibility Team and has received generous support from a broader network of staff based at the University of Manchester as well as the University of Liverpool's Centre for the Study of International Slavery and UCL's Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery.

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