Angela Turner


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My teaching and research interests lie in the fields of health and social history. I have keen interest in the history of disability in relation to topics such as industrial injury and rehabilitation, modern warfare, sport and oral history. I teach a number of undergraduate courses relating to my research interests and am an active member of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare and the Scottish Oral History Centre.


Year 1            History 1B

Year 2            Disease and Society

                      War and Society in the Twentieth Century

Year 3/4        Disability in Modern Britain

                      Bombers and Mash: Britain and the Home Front 1939-1945

                      Oral History Theory and Practice

Supervision I supervise large numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in topics relating to my teaching and research interests in areas such as histories of disability, industrial health and culture, medicine, modern warfare, special education and oral history. I have also served as reviewer and internal examiner for a number of postgraduate students in areas including health and disability history. 

Leadership and Citizenship Roles I am 3rd year Undergraduate History Coordinator, History Exams Officer and Disability Advisor. I sit on the Faculty WAM working group and carried out the EIA for the new model. I was  a member of the Athena Swan Committee who were sucessfully awarded a Bronze Award for Humanities in 2020. 

External Examining I have served as external PhD examiner for the University of Kent and the University of Michigan. I am keen to further develop my external examining roles for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the future. 

Research and Scholarship I am active in research relating to both my historical and teaching interests. I provide peer review for relevant academic journals (including Social History of Medicine and Social History) and am on the editorial team for the h-disability monthly newsletter including  key publications, reviews and disability history events. I am currently re-developing the project  'Polio and Orthotic Rehabilitation - Capturing Narratives' with partners in the Engineering Faculty. I am also one of the organisers of the forthcoming Teaching and Scholarship Seminar Series for the School of Humanities.

My previous research projects have included the Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948 (Wellcome Trust Programme Award)

External Training and Consultacy - I have worked with a number of external disability charities and organisation and provided project support, tailored oral history training and project evaluation for community led oral history projects. Key partner organisations have included Down's Syndrome Scotland, ENABLE Scotland, Special Olympics, British and Scottish Gymnastics and the Scottish Council on Deafness 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Editor - H-Disability List, H-Net

31 Dec 2001 → …

Chair, Paralympic Working Group, International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)

30 Apr 2001 → …

Chair, Disability Gymnastics Panel, British Gymnastics

31 Jan 2001 → …


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