This masterclass is ideal for secondary school teachers to help develop their knowledge and learn from specialist academics Dr Kevin Yuill and Dr Alex Lockwood on areas that may need improving due to the new teaching curriculum for GCSE.
During this masterclass participants will cover the Cold War Reagan/Gorbachev era and the historical context of the USSR's response to Chernobyl and the response from the US.
Dr Kevin Yuill is Associate Professor in American History. His session will cover the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Explaining how Gorbachev and Reagan met in Switzerland in 1985 but their summit in Reykjavik the following year is now seen as the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
Dr Alex Lockwood is Senior Lecturer in Journalism, and is an award-winning creative writer. Alex has recently published the novel: ‘The Chernobyl Privileges’, and his session will look at the historical context of the USSR's response to Chernobyl and the US's response. Alex will explain his innovative approach to history, and how he carried out research for his novel.