PhD: History of Education (2016)
MA: Modern History (2012)
PGCE Secondary History (2006)
BA (Hons.): History (2004)
I worked as a secondary history teacher for six years, first in Brighton and then in North Wales. I also undertook the role of Head of Department during some of that time, and for the last few years I have taught modern history to under graduate students at Bangor University.
I teach the history elements of the foundation subjects on the BA Primary course in Manchester.
I teach the history elements of the Foundaion Curriculum Unit on the PGCE Primary course in Manchester. I am also Subject Coordinator, tutor and lecturer on the PGCE History Secondary course.
My PhD thesis focused on early pioneers of comprehensive schooling (particularly Anglesey as the first fully comprehensivised LEA in 1953). My research interests and expertise include the history and politics of comprehensive schooling, policy-making in education and the roles of local and central government, and the Labour Party and comprehesive schooling.
I have also conducted reserach on representations of women and gender in history textboooks, and Cold War narratives in school magazines during the 1950s and 1960s.
K. Olsson Rost (2019). The significance of the Welsh dimension: Pioneering of comprehensive education in Anglesey, circa 1930-1953. The Welsh History Review. 29(3), pp.436-460.
KAS. Olsson Rost (2016). Hester Vaizey, Born in the GDR Living in the Shadow of the Wall, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. £20.00, 978-0-19-871873-4 (Hardback),pp. ixii + 217. Women's History. 2(5), pp.37-38.
KAS. Olsson Rost (2016). Britain is watching this school experiment, Anglesey leads the way’. A forgotten pioneer? Anglesey’s comprehensive system, circa 1953-1970. Transactions: Anglesey Antiquarian Society Journal. pp.27-45.
KAS. Olsson Rost (2015). The Cold War Home Front, an Age of Anxiety? The Cold War narrative in school magazines from Holyhead Comprehensive School during the 1950s and 1960s. Llafur -Aberystwyth-.
KAS. Olsson Rost ‘If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to destroy every f***ing grammar school…’ The grammar school debate and its unexpected consequences for the educational rhetoric of the Labour Party during the 1950s and 1960s’. Bangor University,
KAS. Olsson Rost ‘Efficiency and economy? The complex path to comprehensivisation on Anglesey, 1935- 1953’. Reading University, 30/5/2014.
‘Documents and Interviews: Using written and oral testimonies collaboratively’
Paper for the Histories of Education Summer School Conference for Postgraduate Students, Hamburg, Germany (2013)
‘Efficiency and economy’? The complex path to comprehensivisation on Anglesey, 1935-1953.
Paper for the Political History Network, Reading, United Kingdom (2014)
'The grammar school debate and its unexpected consequences on the educational rhetoric of the Labour Party during the 1950s and 1960s.'
Paper for the Shaping the Labour Party Conference, Bangor, United Kingdom (2015)
My PhD project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.