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There is no doubt that Cambridge courses offer a very tough challenge, but our students relish this. We demand a lot but we have a good deal to offer...

There is no doubt that Cambridge courses offer a very tough challenge, but our students relish this. We demand a lot but we have a good deal to offer...

96% of Homerton students are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating – higher than any Russell Group university, including the University of Cambridge as a whole.

We are the University’s newest college, though we’ve been in Cambridge for 120 years, and in London for over 125 years before that.

96% of Homerton students are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating – higher than any Russell Group university, including the University of Cambridge as a whole.

We have a huge, leafy site in gorgeous gardens

There is no doubt that Cambridge courses offer a very tough challenge, but our students relish this. We demand a lot but we have a good deal to offer...

We have a huge, leafy site in gorgeous gardens

All our undergraduates can live on site throughout their course if they wish

Our undergraduates study 35 different subjects from Anglo-Saxon to Zoology

There is no doubt that Cambridge courses offer a very tough challenge, but our students relish this. We demand a lot but we have a good deal to offer...

We have 600 undergraduates – 50% men, 50% women - and 800 graduate students in our community

There is no doubt that Cambridge courses offer a very tough challenge, but our students relish this. We demand a lot but we have a good deal to offer...

Each academic year we spend over half a million pounds on outstanding welfare provision for our community

We have a huge, leafy site in gorgeous gardens

We have more en-suite rooms than any other Cambridge College, and our rents are the lowest in Cambridge

Melanie Keene

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Job Title/Role within the College/University: 
Fellow, Graduate Tutor, Graduate Admissions Tutor and Director of Studies for History and Philosophy of Science
Contact number: 
(+44)1223 747302
Contact email address: 
mjk32@cam.ac.uk
Year Joined Homerton: 
2009
Research Interests (Academic): 

I work on the history of science for children from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in the history of what I have termed ‘familiar science’, exploring the literary style of the familiar introduction, the family context for science, and how familiarity was deployed to explain, instruct, and entertain. Topics of ongoing interest include the histories of everyday artefacts and activities, genre and analogy, fairy-tales and folklore, board games, puns and toys, and collecting science songs.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

I am Director of Studies for History and Philosophy of Science, and supervise on the IB course. I also lecture and supervise on Part I and Part II of the Education Tripos, on history of education topics.

From 2009-2014 I was the editor of Viewpoint, the magazine of the British Society for the History of Science, and from 2006-2015 part of their Outreach and Education Committee. Work with this committee has included developing projects on Georgian astronomy, Amazonian travels, and object autobiography, judging the Dingle Prize 2009, 2011, and 14, the Great Exhibitions Prize 2010, 2012, and 2014, and performing in role-play dramas about seventeenth-century plague, body-snatching in Liverpool, and the Victorian séance (with the BSHS Strolling Players). I am also on the History of Science section of the British Science Association.

I am currently the Treasurer of the History of Education Society.

Publications: 

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Articles and book chapters

Journalism

Book Reviews

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