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19 June 2014

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The academic year 2013/14 has been hugely busy for staff and students alike. Staff put the finishing touches to the Research Excellence Framework submitted in November and began to discuss the directions which research and teaching will take in the Department over the next seven years.

We are excited to announce the awards of 2 new ERC consolidator grants for Rebecca Empson and Martin Holbraad and congratulate them for their achievement. Their five year grants will bring a number of new research staff to the department over the coming years, in addition to two teaching staff, Dr Kimberly Chong and Dr Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, who will join us for a period of 3 years. We have also been successful in being awarded a Leverhulme three year Early Career Fellowship, to be held by Dr Christopher (Kit) Opie. Kit will be joining Dr Alice Elliot who was awarded the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship last year, in 2013.

This academic year has seen a consolidation of all of our activities in the Department, with a now fully-staffed office. We have received acclaim from students and staff alike for the new 2nd year compulsory module Being Human taught in an Oxbridge-style tutorial system, enabling our students to discuss readings with staff in small groups. This innovation in teaching has been praised as a model to be followed by other departments within the Faculty.

Given the success of our first year field-camp at the EarthSpirit centre in Somerset held annually in February, we have introduced a 2nd year Active Insight field trip. Coinciding with reading week in February, we have taken the whole year group out of London, away from their studies to discover themselves in a new light through interactive exercises and group reflection facilitated by professional personal development coaches. The trip was a huge success and is now firmly on our yearly calendar. Our third year students have not been left out as we have organised a special leavers party. This has taken the form of a wonderful forest camp in a beautiful private estate, with feasting on locally hunted, gathered food, and partying among the trees.

Fun, intellectual rigour and collective aspiration are the trademarks of our department and it was lovely to see students and staff turn out in full to support Rebecca Empson who was chosen as this year’s Malinowski Memorial Lecturer at the LSE, speaking on The Economy of Temporary Possession.

I wish you all a very happy and productive summer. 

Professor Susanne Kuechler
Head of Department

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