Thesis title: The politics of culture, identity and constitutional change in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, c. 1966 - 1999.
After growing up in the Shetland Isles, Mathew moved to Edinburgh to complete his undegraduate degree. Falling in love with the city, he remained for his MScR and PhD degrees, funded by a HCA Gray Scholarship and a Carnegie PhD Scholarship respectively. His thesis examines the politics of culture, identity and constitutional change in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles from 1969 to 1999.
MScR Scottish History, University of Edinburgh (2017-18). Dissertation title: 'Building an anti-apartheid coalition in Scotland, 1979 - 1994'.
MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh (2013 - 17). Dissertation title: 'Account for the success of the Liberal Party in Shetland between 1950 and 1979 in the context of a national decline in Scotland.'
Responsibilities & affiliations
Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History - affiliated student and steering group member
Scottish History Network - committee member
EuropeElects - co-editor and team member
Tutor, The History of Edinburgh: From Din Eidyn to Festival City