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Department of Anthropology


Durham Anthropologist Wins Award

The Durham Students' Union Annual Awards 2015 took place on 17 June, where Durham Anthropology Teaching Fellow, Dr Trudi Buck was winner of the Outstanding Academic (Social Sciences) award. 


The winners were nominated and voted for by Durham University Students. Well done Trudi!!

(29 Jul 2015)

The University Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision

The University Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision promote, recognise and reward excellence in doctoral supervision. Jo was nominated by her completed PhD students and academic colleagues with a knowledge and understanding of her contribution to doctoral supervision in the department. The award will be presented at the Winter Graduation Ceremonies and includes £3,000 which Jo has chosen to use to support academic activities.

(29 Jul 2015)

Prof Michael Carrithers elected Fellow of the British Academy

Durham Anthropologist, Prof Michael Carrithers has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, in recognition of his outstanding research. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication.

The British Academy has elected 42 highly distinguished UK academics from 18 universities as Fellows, taking the total number of living Fellows to over one thousand for the first time. At its Annual General Meeting (16 July 2015), the Academy welcomed the new Fellows whose research areas span the full range of the subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to anthropology.

The Anthropology Department congratulates Michael on this outstanding achievement.

(21 Jul 2015)

Copying varies cross-culturally: People from China rely more on other people’s solutions to complex tasks than people from the UK

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Durham University recognised for advancing gender equality

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Durham anthropologist Dr Kate Nowak warns about private hunting companies' impact on elephants

Durham anthropologist Dr Kate Nowak has written on the National Geographic's website about the dangers that private hunting companies pose for elephant populations.

She writes that while governments are making increasing efforts to protect elephants and their ecosystems, this effort is threatened by companies that allow trophy hunting and the shooting of wild game for sport.

She recommends that governments impose top-down bans on trophy hunting, lest previous efforts to curb elephant hunting be undone.

Read more on the National Geographic website.

(1 Sep 2014)

Durham MAnth graduate is awarded PhD studentship at Cardiff University

Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, a recent graduate of Durham's MAnth Medical Anthropology degree, has been awarded a fully-funded PhD studentship at Cardiff University sponsored by The Healing Foundation, and based in the School of Medicine and the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health.

The MAnth programmes are four-year integrated masters programmes which combine three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year of masters-level study.

Harriet's MAnth thesis was conducted within the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab and supervised by Prof Helen Ball. She examined paternal-infant nighttime interactions and how the ideology of the 'new-father' shapes current paternal personal experiences, understanding and knowledge of infant sleep. Harriet says "Although I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate years and masters research at Durham University I am happy to have a change of direction and combine my academic studies with my personal interest in the teaching of first aid."

The Healing Foundation is a national charity championing those living with disfigurement through the funding of holistic research for physical and psychological healing treatments and rehabilitation techniques, alongside raising awareness and preventative measures. Harriet's PhD studentship, titled 'A school based intervention for childhood burns and scalds', will work towards raising awareness and preventative measures. She will be designing and testing a program of teaching for primary school aged children on the topic of burns, scalds and first aid. Childhood burns and scalds are a significant problem and have the potential for life long scarring and psycosocial consequences. While preschool children predominate, there is another peak prevalence in older children as they become involved in food preparation,domestic chores, and high risk behaviours outside the home. Most prevention programs address parents, thus effective prevention and first aid knowledge is limited amongst this age group. Thus there is a perfect gap for a school based intervention to reduce avoidable burns and increase effective first aid. Hopefully the message, if successful, will help to inform the next generation of parents.

Read more about the range of degrees offered by the Department of Anthropology at Durham, and the work of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab.

(1 Sep 2014)

Durham anthropology teaching rated highly in the National Student Survey (NSS)

Durham anthropology undergraduate students have reported high levels of satisfaction with teaching on their course, according to this year’s National Student Survey (NSS).

From a sample of 96 third-year Durham anthropology undergraduates, 94% agreed with the statement “Staff are good at explaining things”, 93% agreed that “Staff have made the subject interesting”, 96% agreed that “Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching”, and 95% agreed that “The course is intellectually stimulating”.

Overall, 91% of Durham anthropology respondents agreed that “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course”. This is higher than the average of 87% for all UK anthropology departments.

Durham University as a whole achieved a top ten position among Higher Education Institutions, maintaining its position as one of the highest ranked mainstream UK universities for student satisfaction.

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an independent annual survey that evaluates how satisfied students are with the overall quality of their higher education experience. University-level data can be found on the NSS website, while subject-level data will be published in September on the Unistats website.

Read more about Durham’s success in the 2014 National Student Survey.

(12 Aug 2014)

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