Dr Alistair Beecher
Alistair Beecher is a part-time Departmental Lecturer and joint Director of the Graduate School. After retiring from a 30 year career as a chartered accountant, Alistair was a student in the department from 2010 to 2017 studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies, an MSc in English Local History and a DPhil in English Local History. Following completion he joined the part-time tutor panel and became a Departmental Lecturer in November 2019. His role is primarily now focused on the Graduate School and the design and delivery of a broad skills and development training programme for all the department’s postgraduate students, but he also teaches history and convenes various seminar programmes. Alistair’s undergraduate degree was in Accounting & Statistics from the University of Southampton and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Alistair contributes to a broad range of history programmes offered by the department including weekly classes, day schools, open days, the Foundation Certificate in History, the Diploma in Local and Social History and the Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies. He also convenes the Arts & Humanities seminar series and the Doctoral Research Seminars, and leads development and skills sessions for doctoral students on the termly DPhil training weeks.
Alistair’s research interests are in religious and social history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.