CV and Career History

Dr Simon Harold Walker



PhD in Medical Military History

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow     October 2014 – March 2018                                                                                      

Thesis Title – ‘‘A Different Existence Altogether” Creating, Conditioning and Controlling the British Soldier in the First World War.  


My PhD was a research-based program within nineteenth and twentieth-century military history that required comprehensive knowledge of military, political and international relations focused history, the ability to grasp new concepts quickly and the development of investigation and analytical skills. It required me to consistently develop my research profile through articles and academic and public engagement programs.  This role also required a high standard of research ability, communication, and written presentation.


Key Projects:


  1. Co-organiser of the Beyond Epilepsy: History in Context Art Exhibition. This role helped to develop team working, project management and public engagement skills.  Researching, writing and presenting reports for funding purposes was also essential.
  2. Additional public engagement includes: several presentations for Glasgow Heritage on nineteenth century Scottish health, Contributions on military food for the Glasgow Fringe (2016), research and contribution the Darker Side of the First World War conference as part of the Gateways to the First World War project (ongoing), and the digging in First World War recreation project



MSc in Health History (Merit) – Dissertation Focused on Military History and Inoculation

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow                                  October 2013 – September 2014

BA Honours in History (1st Class) –     Dissertation Focused on Military Weaponry and Superiority

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow                                     October 2009 – September 2013


  • Awarded a PhD Studentship by the Economic and Social Research Council    June 2014
  • Awarded the Thomas Telford Prize for best Honours performance in History.                                          June 2013
  • Awarded a Masters studentship by the Wellcome Trust.                                   June 2013

Teaching and Research Experience

Researcher – The Scottish Parliament                                              January 2019  – Current

Researcher for a number of exhibitions and events to be held within the Parliament.


Lecture / Tutor – France and War / Cold War Europe / Modern Europe / Medicine and War / Introduction to History/ Disease and Society / Empire and India/ Madness and Society/ Sex and Society/ Dangerous Drugs /

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow                                                 October 2015 – Current

Teaching a wide array of complex historical themes including politics, international relations, military history, disease and health, gender, power, and class.


Teacher / Coordinator / Editor – History of Health and Healthcare School Engagement Project    May 2015 – Current

Deliver a program of historically based lessons in local Glasgow schools, which focus on source analysis and standard level historiography.   I also research and publish articles and, manage the website for the project

Researcher – University of Strathclyde Careers Service            May 2013 – August 2013

Researcher – Glasgow Museums                                           October 2012 – December 2012

Researcher – National Library of Scotland                                     July 2012 – August 2012

Additional Professional Employment

Focus On Futures Advisor– Focus West                                                   May 2018 – Current

Mentoring widening access pupils in a variety of Scottish schools to assist with their attempts to access Higher Education.

Careers Guidance Consultant – SCE Consultants                             August 2018 – Current

Professional Development AdviserUniversity of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow                                                                                                November 2017 – July 2018

CV / Applications Adviser (Temporary Position) – Careers Service, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow                                                                      September 2014 – May 2018

Events Coordinators for the Festival of Politics (Internship) – The Scottish Parliament (Temp – Part Time)                                                      April 2017 – October 2017

Various Recruitment Roles

Recruitment Consultant Hays Banking plc., Glasgow                                              November 2007- July 2008
Senior Recruitment Coordinator               C J Garlands                                             May 2006- November 2007
Account Resourcer          Northern Recruitment Group                                                       May-2005- May 2006


Various Customer Service Roles

Senior Sales Advisor / Team Leader – Vodafone PLC           July 2008 – September 2013

Customer Service Representative – My Travel UK                        June 2004 – March 2005

Customer Service Advisor – Littlewoods Retail Ltd.                          June 2002- June 2004

 Additional Skills and Interest

  • Proficient in all office-based programs, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Also experienced with CSS, HTML and audio/visual media production.
  • Volunteered for several third sector organisations including Epilepsy Scotland and Scottish Huntingtons.
  • Leisure activities include snowboarding, playing several instruments and developing language skills


shw academic cv 2018Publications


  • ‘Vaccination’ and ‘A Short history of Smallpox’ Medical History of British India NLS, (August, 2012)
  • Walker, S. ‘Saving Bodies and Souls – To what extent were Army Chaplains an Important part of Medical Care in the First World War?’, Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, 3 (2016): pp 24-38.
  • ‘Book Review’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Volume 36 Issue 1, (April, 2016), pp 108-110.
  • Medicinal Food: Feeding Under Fire, The Recipe Project, (October, 2017)
  • (Translation Editor) Monnier, Limpalaër, Robin & Roux, A Taxonomic Iconography of living Conidae (Paris: Association française de conchyliologie – Xenophora ; Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2018)
  • Walker, S. ‘No Chance of Getting Home Again’ Suicidal British Soldiers in the First World War.’ Hecatombs of War, (Stern: Peter Lang, 2019) – Upcoming Publication.
  • Walker S. ‘The Greater Good: Agency and Inoculation in the British Army 1914-1918’ Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (2018) – Upcoming Publication


Conference Presentations


  • ‘Health in Context’ University of Strathclyde (March, 2018)
  • War and Health – Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon (June, 2017)
  • University of Glasgow – Historical Perspectives, Glasgow (June, 2017)
  • The Recipe Project Conference – Virtual Conversation, hosted online (June, 2017)
  • British Society for the History of Science, Florence (April, 2017)
  • Rethinking Gender, Institut für Geschichte, Vienna (September, 2016)
  • Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities Conference, University of Glasgow, (July, 2016)
  • Masculinity, Health and Medicine, c.1750-present workshop – University of Strathclyde (April 2016)
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) Postgraduate Career Development Workshop and Conference (August 2015)
  • Modern British History Network – University of Strathclyde – (June 2015)
  • CSHHH@10 Conference – University of Strathclyde (June 2015)


Public Engagement Profile

  • Contributor and Guest Speaker at Deveron Project: Pacifists of Peace Event 2017.

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