Dr Catherine Sloan is the co-ordinator of academic skills support for undergraduate students, as well as a Career Development Fellow in History. She is qualified to instruct English as a Foreign Language, and has taught in Glasgow, Poland, Latvia, and Italy, including working with international students transitioning into UK higher education. She has a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, and previously studied at the University of Glasgow and Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on young people’s influence on the development of nineteenth-century print culture, and she is interested in histories of periodicals, education, youth, and childhood. She is the social media officer for the Children’s History Society, and the Peter Gosden Fellow for the History of Education Society.
Dr Sloan’s research is in the social and cultural history of modern Britain. Her particular field is in the history of childhood, youth, and education. Her current project is on ‘The School Magazine in Victorian England’. Although young people are often described as too innocent, vulnerable and obedient to have shaped the society around them, they nonetheless had lively social and cultural practices of their own. School magazines exhibited their sophisticated knowledge of contemporary literature and showcased their cultural activities at school, and the magazines are a rich source on a group often missing from studies of social and cultural change.
Sloan, Catherine. ‘Family, Community, and Sociability’ in A Cultural History of Education in the Age of Empire (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
Sloan, Catherine. ‘“Periodicals of an objectionable character”: Peers and Periodicals at Croydon Friends’ School, 1826–1875’, Victorian Periodicals Review 50.4 (2017): 769-786.