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Fellowship Research

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Guidelines for Research

  1. Fellowship of the Society may be obtained by the candidate submitting their own research for examination. This submission may take the form of:

    (a) a single piece of approximately 5,000 words (excluding footnotes); or

    (b) a series of shorter pieces on related themes.

    The submission may include work previously published by the candidate. Work published on the internet will be accepted if it fulfills the criteria. However, the Society will require paper copies of all work submitted. Joint work cannot form part of a fellowship submission.

  2. A successful submission must demonstrate sound scholarship and the ability to use information in a critical manner. Work submitted should be fully referenced and should include a bibliography of sources and a description of the methodology used.

    The standard required is equivalent to about one quarter of the final year of a bachelor's degree. While original research of outstanding significance is welcome, it is not a necessary part of a successful submission.

  3. The areas of study are deliberately wide, and include 'design, history or practice'. These areas are not mutually exclusive, and a good topic will encompass more than one of them. Candidates are reminded that, in all cases, the main topic must centre upon academical dress. Each submission will be considered on its own merits, but the following guidelines are offered:

    (a) History covers the development of robes, either generally, or with reference to a specific institution or institutions. Acceptable topics under this heading would include: the history and development of robes in a particular institution; the historical development of a particular article of dress (e.g. the square cap); or the development of dress in a particular region.

    (b) Design covers the way the shape of robes have changed; or how and why different schemes have been drawn up. Merely designing or revising a scheme will not normally be acceptable projects, although it may provide the context and motivation for one.

    (c) Practice covers such things as an examination of how and why an institution's practice has changed; or the comparative analysis of the practices of different institutions.

  4. Members wishing to undertake a submission should contact the Dean of Studies in the first instance, to discuss their proposals. The Dean can usually assist those who have no readily identifiable topic of their own. The proposal will then be formally registered. It is expected that the registration of a specific topic will normally lapse after two calenday years. The Dean will keep in touch with candidates from time to time.

  5. Successful candidates will be encouraged to read themselves in at one of the Society's meetings, and to prepare any previously unpublished work into a form suitable for one of the Society's publications, or for publication in another journal of equivalent standing.

The present Dean of Studies is:

Dr Jonathan C. Cooper, BSc PhD FRGS FBS

He can be contacted by e-mail at: