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Dr Annie Tindley

 Name: Dr Annie Tindley


Age range: 30-35


Research institution: Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism; Glasgow Caledonian University


Research career length: 7 years


Research Council:
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (funded my PhD)
The Wellcome Trust (current research funding)
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (funded my MSc Research)


Location: Glasgow, Scotland


Salary: £40-49k


Brief summary of research: Modern Scottish history, particularly the Scottish Highlands, landed elites and nineteenth Century imperial history


School qualifications:
9 GCSEs
A-levels: History, English Literature, Design and Technology


Qualifications post-school:
MA (Hons) in Scottish Historical Studies
MSc by Research in Modern Scottish history
PhD in Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh


Career path:
Temporary lecturer at University of Aberdeen
Lecturer/senior lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University

The rich and powerful have always shaped society, but they are also shaped by it. Annie Tindley is a historian who researches how key individuals contributed to changes taking place in Scotland from the early 1800s until the middle of the last century.

When people ask me what I find fulfilling about my research, I simply say that it’s just interesting. My work involves examining the role of ‘social elites’ in nineteenth and early twentieth century society, by exploring how power operates, and how this changed over time. Since my research really boils down to finding out about important personalities from the past, a natural ‘nosiness’ is important, as is an interest in other people’s fine academic writing and argument. I also enjoy the fact that, to a large extent, as an academic you can decide what you wish to research and follow what interests you personally.

In addition to research, I lecture and supervise students, have an administrative role as Deputy Programme Leader for the Social Sciences degree course for 900 students and also work on widening access programmes. I attend conferences, but mostly in the UK, since my research is on Scottish history. Research as a historian is a solitary activity, but working in a busy academic department and teaching are anything but solitary - so to some degree they provide a balance in my professional life.

“Research is personally valuable, since it is fulfilling and stimulating. It is essentially a creative venture, and really the best job in the world.”

I am currently Principal Investigator for three research collaborations with other institutions. This means that I am the lead researcher and have overall responsibility for coordinating the work, budgetary matters and publishing of papers and articles.

I have worked on diverse historical projects with researchers in a range of disciplines, including scientists, water engineers, practicing doctors and design specialists and broadcasters - notably as consultant on the BBC programmes, Who Do you Think You Are? and Past Lives.

After being awarded my PhD in 2006, I worked at Aberdeen University on a 6-month teaching contract. In August 2006 I started as a temporary Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), and after five years of rolling temporary contracts I was made permanent in 2011 and promoted to senior lecturer in January 2012. I feel that I have been lucky to have carried out my research in only two institutions. I am also fortunate to have been supported by GCU over the last six years. My main ambition was to obtain a lecturing post, and I have achieved that with the backing of my colleagues here.

Since I have the job I wanted, my only ambitions right now are to publish my second book and progress my research career.

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