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Institute alumna appointed UK Ambassador to Portugal

12 December 2014

Kirsty Hayes presenting her credentials to President Cavaco Silva in a ceremony held in September 2014

Institute alumna Kirsty Hayes (née Paton) was posted as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugual earlier this year.

Kirsty undertook her BA in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology from 1995-98 and after a year of working at the Institute joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on its Fast Stream entry programme.

Kirsty, writing in Archaeology International (Issue 13/14), said:

  • "I remember my time at the Institute with great fondness, and feel that it gave me huge advantages in preparing both for the Foreign Office entry competition and, more importantly, in helping me in my work. I would particularly highlight the opportunity to work overseas, and learn about and understand different cultures (ancient and modern), the chance to learn transferable skills whilst on fieldwork – e.g. teamwork, project management, delivery - and the spirit of intellectual debate, challenge and innovation that pervades the corridors of the Institute".

Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers.

Any enquiries about student admissions should be directed to Charlotte Frearson (Undergraduate Programmes) and Lisa Daniel (Graduate Programmes).