First World War Research Group

The First World War Research Group is a new area of research for the University, launched in time to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Meet the directors

Name and contact detailsInterests

Professor Stephen Badsey
Tel: 01902 323458

Professor of Conflict Studies – modern military history, contemporary conflicts, propaganda and warfare.

Professor Gary Sheffield
Tel: 01902 321628

Professor of War Studies - Britain in the era of total war, 1900-1945; military history since 1792

Events & Notices

First World War Study Days

One of the aims of the research group is to hold a study day, held on a Saturday, each term. Find out about the latest study day.

University of Wolverhampton First World War Lecture Series in conjunction with the Western Front Association

'Achieving the Impossible?: Aylmer Hunter-Weston at Gallipoli

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 5.30pm – 7.00pm : Open Public Lecture - Speaker: Professor Elaine McFarland (Glasgow Caledonian University).

Find out more about this event.

‘Gas Warfare in the First World War’

Professor Edward M. Spiers (University of Leeds)

Wed 25 March 2015, 5.30-7.00pm

MC401, MC Building

Professor Spiers  is a leading authority on chemical warfare. His many publications include  A History of Chemical and Biological Weapons (London: Reaktion Press, 2010) and, as co-editor,  A Military History of Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

All are welcome to this  lecture,  which is generously supported by a grant from the WFA. It is the fourth lecture in a series that  is open to the public, and will run until 2018. Admission is free; however you are encouraged to register your details in advance ( . You will then be notified of forthcoming events in the series.’


Tank Museum Armoured Warfare Article Prize

The Tank Museum, in association with the University of Wolverhampton, is to award a £1,000 Prize for the best article on Armoured Warfare in the First World War. The Prize is funded by the Arts Council.

Entries are invited from Undergraduate or Postgraduate students at any UK university. Articles submitted for consideration must be a piece of original research concerning an aspect of armoured warfare in the First World War. They should not exceed 7,000 words in length. Entrants are encouraged to make use of the archival holdings of the Tank Museum at Bovington.

Entries will be judged by a panel that includes two academics and two representatives of the Tank Museum. Articles submitted to the competition may be published in an abbreviated form in Tracklink, the magazine of the Tank Museum, and the winner will be published in full in the British Journal of Military Studies. The Prize will be awarded at the Tank Museum’s Tankfest Chairman’s lunch, held in July.

Entries should be e-mailed, in a Word document, to

The closing date is Thursday 30th April 2015.

Tank Museum Student Travel Bursaries.

The Tank Museum, in association with the University of Wolverhampton, is to award Travel Bursaries to enable students to make use of the archives at Bovington. The Bursaries are funded by the Arts Council. Generally, a maximum of £200 per student will be awarded. The scheme is open to Undergraduate or Postgraduate Students at any UK university, although applications from Undergraduates are particularly welcome. There is no form but applicants should email stating their case, attaching a CV, and providing two references. The closing date is Thursday 30 April 2015.