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Rebecca Oakes is Lecturer in Late Medieval English History. She gained her first degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an MA in Late Medieval Studies (Interdisciplinary), University of York. She studied for a PhD at Winchester, titled Mortality and life expectancy at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, 1393 c. 1540, which was awarded in 2009.

Rebeccas post-doctoral research continued on from the thesis, investigating new evidence for mortality and life expectancy for college populations to cross the gap between Late medieval and Early Modern English datasets. This was achieved through postdoctoral research appointments as Economic History Eileen Power Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research (Oct. 2009 Sept. 2010) and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (Oct. 2010 Sept. 2013). She joined the History Department at Winchester in May 2014.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

  • English History 1300 1500
  • Medieval Economic and Social History
  • Demographic History of England
  • English Local History


  • R.H.A. Oakes, Mobility and mortality: how place of origin affected the life chances of late medieval scholars at Winchester College and New College Oxford in C. D. Briggs, P. M. Kitson, and S. J. Thompson (eds), Population, welfare and economic change in Britain, c.1270 c.1834: historical studies (2014).
  • R.H.A. Oakes, Adolescent Mortality at Winchester College 1393-1540: new evidence for medieval mortality and methodological considerations for historical demography, Local Population Studies, 88 (2012), 12-32
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