Dr Caroline Garaway, Anthropology
Caroline came to UCL in 2004 having worked as a social scientist at Imperial College Consultancy Unit. From the start, she threw herself enthusiastically into teaching while at the same time maintaining her own specialist research work. Her developments and innovations over the last seven years are, quite simply, legion. She developed an inspired marking scheme which managed simultaneously to cut significantly the marking load of colleagues, while also making clear and explicit the marking scheme and scales, thereby dramatically increasing consistency from the markers.
In her specialist course on fishing societies, she has merged study of ethnographies with work on resource use management, collective action and conservation theories to create a highly innovative programme. She uses a variety of techniques, e.g. role play based on her previous consultancy work for DfID. This has an outstanding impact on students taking the course. She also uses computer game approaches, trialling, selecting, modifying and applying new software for such purposes. Indeed, students frequently say that this course has changed their view of anthropology, both as a discipline and as a profession.
When Caroline took over responsibility for the Master's in Anthropology, Environment and Development, she reorganised everything effectively and sensitively, introducing innovative elements such as a take-home exam which requires students to develop a practical proposal addressing real-life applied research problems in a developing country, or the regular development of research funding applications as part of a degree course. She also co-organises the PGR students’ research methods of training. She and her co-organiser Jerome Lewis have forged this innovative training course into a nationally outstanding programme that won special mention in the recent ESRC report awarding a doctoral training centre to UCL.
Caroline recently took on the role of departmental Careers Advisor and has already developed initiatives including an anthropology PG careers and funding opportunities site, with information on placements, internships, job opportunities, talks by and mentoring from anthropologists in industry, government, etc.