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Qatar Tourism Authority extends association with UCL Qatar

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UCL Qatar’s Short Courses team has been working with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) since November 2016 to develop and pilot QTA staff orientation courses in Tourism Practices and Management. The courses have been developed to address the wider, technical, aspects of tourism that are especially important for the development of the emerging industry in Qatar. With Qatar becoming a more popular destination within the GCC and wider region, and with the global draw of the 2022 World Cup focusing the world’s attention on Qatar, it is timely that the Cultural Heritage sector is preparing itself, and its staff, to deliver world-class experiential and immersive attractions, supported by qualified personnel who are knowledgeable of both the industry and of Qatar’s historic past.

HE Sheikha Hind awards UCL Qatar student scholarships

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HE Sheikha Hind and Dr Sam Evans

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind, co-chair and CEO of the Qatar Foundation, has attended the UCL Qatar campus to acknowledge the academic achievements of three of our students.

The Kingdom of Kush and the Royal City of Meroe

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At the opening ceremony of the UCL Qatar Information point

UCL Qatar’s Sudan archaeology team, headed by Dr Jane Humphris, has just completed field work for the 2016 – 2017 academic year following 12 weeks working at the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kush, the Royal City of Meroe. This season was the most ambitious to date and saw many exciting archaeological results and activities, including community meetings and the opening ceremony of the UCL Qatar Iron and Kush information point.

UCL Qatar announces Dr Sam Evans CBE as new Director

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Dr Sam Evans CBE

UCL Qatar, a leading global centre of excellence for the study of cultural heritage, today announced the appointment of Dr Sam Evans CBE as its new Director. 

UCL Qatar’s staff and students showcase research at the 41st International Symposium on Archaeometry

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Dr Tom Birch ISA Conference 2016

UCL Qatar and UCL Institute of Archaeology staff and research students recently attended the 41st International Symposium on Archaeometry to showcase their research.  The symposium was attended by 600 delegates from 15-21 May 2016 and was hosted by the Laboratory of Archaeometry at the University of the Peloponnese in Kalamata, Greece.

Shifting Sands Exhibition Success

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Shifting Sands MA Students

On 6 April 2016 the student led exhibition ‘Shifting Sands; A Journey of Qatar and its People’ was opened by Sheikh Turki Bin Faisal Al Thani, on behalf of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani. Organised by UCL Qatar’s MA Museum and Gallery Practice students in collaboration with the Museum, the exhibition aims to highlight the rapid changes of Qatar’s cultural and physical landscapes, particularly over the last forty-fifty years.

Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit Attracts Leading International Scholars

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Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit

Leading library scholars from the UK, US and Australia visited Education City recently to present at the ‘Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit’. The event, which was sponsored through the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) aimed to foster a culture of research based practice in libraries in Qatar and the region. The event, organised by UCL Qatar in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), was attended by over 60 library professions from Qatar, as well as several of their colleagues from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 

UCL Qatar Celebrates Second Graduation Ceremony

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UCL Qatar has celebrated the achievements of its 43 graduating students in a spectacular ceremony at the Education City campus in Doha. The traditional ceremony, comprising a formal procession of faculty, dignitaries, and students was presided by Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice Provost (Education & Student Affairs), and Professor Thilo Rehren, Director of UCL Qatar, in front of 250 family members, friends, faculty and VIP guests.The occasion marks the second graduation ceremony for UCL Qatar, which conferred Master’s Degrees in Library and Information Studies, Museum Studies, Archaeology and Conservation, as well as a Diploma in Academic Research and Methods.

Winning Team of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize includes Student and Researcher from UCL Qatar

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Unlimited Doha Design Prize 2016 winning team

Omer Can Aksoy, PhD student at UCL Qatar, and Gizem Kahraman, a researcher on UCL Qatar’s Origins of Doha Project, were part of the UK-Qatar winning team of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize 2016, for their project the ‘City of Play’.

UCL Qatar Congratulates Student's Success at ARC’16

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Jonathan Ouellett with ARC 16 Award

UCL Qatar would like to congratulate all of its students and staff that took part in the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC) 2016. A special congratulations goes to MA Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World student, Jonathan Ouellet, who won third place in the student category ‘Best Poster in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Pillar’. Jonathan’s poster titled, ‘The Imitation Game: Georgian-Sasanian Coins and Their Meaning in Numismatics’, received a high level of interest and many positive comments from the judges.

Photo Call for UCL Qurates Exhibition ‘Shifting Sands – A Journey of Qatar and its People’

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UCL Qurates photo call poster

The annual exhibition organised by UCL Qatar’s MA Museum and Gallery Practice students is requesting photos of ‘Old Doha and Qatar’ to become part of the exhibition. This year the exhibition titled ‘Shifting Sands – A Journey of Qatar and its People’, to be displayed in the temporary exhibition space at the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Museum, is looking to actively engage the community by providing a platform to share old photographs.

Dr Jane Humphris Wins Provost's Award for Public Engagement in Sudan Research

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Dr Jane Humphris with Provost's Award

UCL Qatar are pleased to announce that Dr Jane Humphris, Head of Research in Sudan, has been awarded a Provost’s Public Engagement Award.

Milestones reached in UCL Qatar's Sudan Research Project

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Earlier building underneath the iron prodution remains at Meroe

Earlier building underneath the iron production remains at Meroe

The UCL Qatar Sudan project team have just returned from seven weeks in the field working at the Royal City of Meroe. This season the multinational, interdisciplinary team achieved a number of milestones in the project’s overall research aims. Through a combination of excavation, geological and experimental approaches, as well as aerial photography and 3D modelling, the team confirmed the location and extent of the ancient iron mines of Meroe, much further away from Meroe than previously assumed. Using iron ore collected from these areas in combination with the lessons learnt during the iron smelting festival of February 2015, the smelting team carried out four experimental iron smelts, finally producing both a good amount of iron bloom as well as iron slag that looks very similar in appearance to what can be seen at the Royal City. The team also completed the first comprehensive new map of the Royal City to have been produced for decades.

H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Inaugurates 'Recovered Treasures' Exhibition

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Recovered Tresures Opening

On the 5 November 2015 H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani opened the 'Recovered Treasures from the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum Collection' Exhibition to an audience of 150 diplomatic and VIP guests.  The exhibition, developed in partnership with UCL Qatar and the Sheikh Faisal Museum, aims to raise awareness of the importance of conservation of cultural heritage in Qatar through showcasing the conservation work undertaken by UCL Qatar's MSc Conservation Studies students on artefacts from Sheikh Faisal’s collection.

Libraries: Global Reach - Local Touch

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Barbara Ford

UCL Qatar welcomed Barbara J. Ford, Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library in the USA and past president of the American Library Association, to host a seminar in Doha, titled ‘Libraries: Global Reach – Local Touch’.

UCL Qatar launches Doha Online Historical Atlas (DOHA), the first of its kind in the Middle East

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The Corniche in the 1950's

The Corniche in the 1950's

The Doha Online Historical Atlas (DOHA) has been launched as part of the output of UCL Qatar’s Origins of Doha and Qatar Project, a QRNF-funded interdisciplinary programme that explores the story of the town and its people through a combination of archaeological excavation, historical research, architectural studies, GIS analysis and ethnographic techniques (particularly oral histories).

Launching ‘Research in Translation’: communicating scholarly research to a wider audience

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Research in Translation Exhibition Launch

UCL Qatar is pleased to announce the launch of the short film ‘Research in Translation’. The film is one of the outcomes of the project Research in Translation: Public Engagement through Exhibition Displays, which Dr Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology and Coordinator of the MA in Museum and Gallery Practice UCL Qatar, has worked on since September 2014. The project was collaboratively led alongside Dr Ceri Jones, Research Associate at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

UCL research showcased at the IV Archaeometallurgy in Europe conference

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Archaeometallurgy Conference 2015 logo

Researchers from the Institute of Archaeology and UCL Qatar showcased a wealth of archaeometallurgical research at the IV Archaeometallurgy in Europe conference recently in Madrid.

Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science

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Journal of Archaeological Science

Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren & Robin Torrence have guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science with papers in honour of Richard Klein.

A palace underneath the wheat? Qantir-Piramesse project prepares upcoming excavation season

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Last week Dr Henning Franzmeier, Field Director for UCL Qatar’s archaeological project in Egypt’s north-eastern Nile Delta, travelled to the country in order to prepare planned fieldwork for the autumn season.

UCL Qatar Master's students start internships at renowned local and international museums

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Archaeology Internship Otrar Kazakhstan

UCL Qatar’s 2015 class of Museum Studies, Conservation and Archaeology students are currently embarking on four week work placements at leading local, regional and international museums, art galleries and archaeological sites.

Highlights from the UCL Qatar Graduation Ceremony 2015

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Take a look back at some of our favourite memories from our UCL Qatar Graduation Ceremony 2015.

UCL honours 59 students at first Qatar graduation ceremony

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UCL Qatar Graduation 2

UCL Qatar has celebrated the achievements of its first 59 graduating students in a spectacular ceremony at the Education City campus in Doha. Graduating students shared the occasion in front of an audience of 300 guests that included family, friends, faculty and VIP guests from Qatar and the United Kingdom. The students are the very first to receive a Master’s degree from a British university based in Qatar. 

Dispatches from Umm Al-Ma’a: The Crowded Depression

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Dr Laura Morabito, Researcher in Archaeology, and Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez, Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology, share the latest update from The Crowded Desert.

UCL Qatar partners Hashemite University for Conservation Conference

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Jordan Conference audience

UCL Qatar has partnered with Hashemite University’s Queen Rania Faculty of Tourism and Heritage to host a unique one day conference in Amman entitled Conservation in Jordan: What has been done and what is needed?

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