Staff from the College of Humanities and the International Office travelled to NIAS earlier this year.

From archaeometallurgy in Telangana to flashmobs in Delhi: Exeter-NIAS postgraduate programme continues to thrive.

Earlier this year staff from the College of Humanities and the International Office travelled to the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore to participate in a review of student’s progression as part of an annual series of meetings to discuss the ongoing development of the Exeter-NIAS split-site postgraduate degree programme.

The programme originated out of the UKIERI Pioneering Metallurgy Archaeometallurgical Survey, a joint venture in 2009-11 between the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter and NIAS. This provided a supportive platform for advancement of the research initiated under the sponsorship of the UKIERI project, and brought experts and the students from UK and India together to achieve a world-class research output.

Talking about the visit, Rachel King (Assistant Director – Partnerships) of the International Office commented, “I have been involved with this programme since the very beginning in June 2011, when we applied with NIAS for UKIERI funding. Our colleagues at NIAS, as always, made us feel like part of the family, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to Exeter in September.

The programme now has two cohorts of students pursuing their doctoral research, with a third cohort ready to start in September. The first cohort have successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD, and it is wonderful to see the progress of this group of talented young scholars and to learn a little about the work they are doing into a fascinating range of topics, from archaeometallurgy in Telangana to flashmobs in Delhi”.

The College of Humanities was awarded the two UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) grants to develop split-site PhDs, in Archaeology and Drama, in December 2011. The grants enable exchanges with staff and researchers over a period of three years.

Students study and undertake fieldwork between the Exeter and NIAS campuses. The alliance has enabled students at both institutions to access the professional expertise, experience and multi-disciplinary approach to research at NIAS, as well as the academic excellence of researchers, research culture, and academic facilities at the University of Exeter.

Date: 30 June 2014

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