Institute welcomes 2012/13 student cohort

2 October 2012

New Institute students 2012/13

The Institute of Archaeology welcomed its new student cohort for 2012/13 in a series of introductory events in the first week of the new academic session.   

The Institute, which has been celebrating 75 years of leading global archaeology in 2012, is truly international in its outlook and membership. The diversity of the student body ensures a rewarding, stimulating and varied environment for all. It is recognised for the excellence of its teaching and student experience as reflected in its high position in numerous university league tables and National Student Survey results, including 100% for student satisfaction.

268 Masters (MA/MSc) students and 21 new research (MPhil/PhD) students join the Institute community this year from as far afield as America, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Thailand and Taiwan, in addition to 'closer to home' UK and EU students.

A new Institute undergraduate at PrimTech 2012

Of these 5 MPhil/PhD students have received AHRC doctoral studentships while support is also being received from the ESRC, UCL-Qatar and national funding bodies in Brazil, Portugal and Taiwan.

New Masters students were also successful in obtaining funding with 5 students being awarded AHRC Professional Preparation or Research Preparation Masters Studentships while Robert Kaleta, MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, is to be congratulated on receiving the ACE Foundation's Scholarship for 2012/13. The ACE Foundation has a long standing relationship with the Institute and has sponsored an annual award for postgraduate students since 1968. The ACE Foundation funds overseas students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to study in such privileged conditions.

62 new first year undergraduate students also begin their studies at the Institute this year, hailing largely from the UK/EU but with some overseas presence, including students from America, Canada China and Russia. They have just returned from the compulsory Experimental Archaeology course ('PrimTech') which takes place in the first week of term.

Activities run by staff, research students, undergraduates and friends this year included flint knapping, deer butchery, hide processing, pottery making and firing, copper smelting, bronze casting, spear making, crop processing, landscape walk, basketry and fish traps, faience production, hunting traps, bone-working, phenomenology, making a sauna, erecting a yurt, and the wattle and daubing of last year's bent wood structure. 

Society for Archaeological Students (SAS) at PrimTech 2012

Each of these activities introduced the students to a wide range of important ancient technologies and to issues such as resource procurement, inter-dependence between crafts and the information that can be recovered from archaeological analysis of the material remains.

Any enquiries about graduate degree programmes and MPhil/PhD opportunities offered by the Institute should be directed to Lisa Daniel while information about the undergraduate degree programmes offered by the Institute is available from Charlotte Frearson.