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Dr Alistair Beecher

Member of Common Room

Departmental Lecturer, Graduate School

Department for Continuing Education

DPhil, MSc (Oxon), BSc (Southampton)

Alistair Beecher is a part-time Departmental Lecturer in the Graduate School at the Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) and a Common Room member at Kellogg College. After retiring from a 30 year career as a chartered accountant, Alistair was a student in the OUDCE from 2010 to 2017 studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies, an MSc in English Local History (Kellogg) and a DPhil in English Local History (Harris Manchester). Following completion he joined the part-time tutor panel and became a Departmental Lecturer in November 2019. His role is primarily now focused on the Graduate School and the design and delivery of a broad skills and development training programme for all the department’s postgraduate students, but he also teaches history and convenes various seminar programmes. Alistair’s undergraduate degree was in Accounting & Statistics from the University of Southampton and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.


Alistair contributes to a broad range of history programmes offered by the OUDCE including weekly classes, day schools, open days, the Foundation Certificate in History, the Diploma in Local and Social History and the Postgraduate Certificate and MSt in Historical Studies. He also convenes the Doctoral Research Seminars each term at the department.

Research Interests

Alistair’s research interests are in religious and social history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.