Looking to go into postgraduate study?

RyanAustinWe spoke to MSc Forensic Anthropology student Ryan Austin who was awarded a Joseph Banks Scholarship to continue his studies here at University of Lincoln.

Ryan boasts the positives, saying: “The Forensic Anthropology course and the lecturers are brilliant; it’s a very hands-on course and the lecturers experience is fundamental.

“We’ve got experts in Forensic Anthropology and Disaster Victim Identification. We can develop the course and make sure it’s for the students and made for them rather than it being stale and the same every year.”

PhDs can be heavily research-based, but Ryan says not to let it put you off, adding: “It’s brilliant and really interesting, but hard work.”

For anyone looking into postgraduate courses, he advised: “Look at the universities interests and see what they’re doing, see what the lecturers are doing and their skills set and what their current research topics are. You can then see if any of your ideas fit in with their current research interests.”

There are a range of scholarships on offer to help fund your postgraduate degree here at Lincoln.

“I did mine through the Joseph Banks Scholarship, which was a very short application where you outline your method and research interests and go through the interview process, and then you find out if you’re accepted.”

Ryan is hoping to get the university interested in his research topics when it comes to the REF 2020 and wants to one day become a lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

See more information on postgraduate scholarships here.

Take the next step with a postgraduate masterclass

The University of Lincoln is offering a series of free masterclasses in more than 20 different subject areas, giving visitors the chance to get a flavour of postgraduate study.

If you have ever considered undertaking a Master’s level qualification to enhance your skills, build your knowledge or to boost your career, the event on Saturday, 8th March is an excellent opportunity to find out more.

The series of free taster workshops and seminars will span subjects across the arts, sciences and social sciences.

Claire Mann, University of Lincoln Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for people to come and see what the University of Lincoln offers in terms of postgraduate study, and how it could progress their career. Postgraduate learning is the next step in education and is open to anyone whatever their age.”

The full list of workshops and seminars cover the following subject areas: Architecture, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Design, Graphic Design, Historical Studies, Journalism, Medieval Studies, Photography, Playwriting, Business, Child Psychology, Finance, Forensic Psychology, Global Human Rights, Social Research, Social Work, Sport Science, Animal Behaviour, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science.

The masterclass run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 8th March at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

For more information go to www.lincoln.ac.uk/pgevents

To book your place, call 01522 886644 or email pgevents@lincoln.ac.uk with your name, mobile telephone number and which subject session you would like to attend.

Forensic Anthropology students to aid investigations of war crimes

A new postgraduate programme will be the first in the UK to offer students an overseas field module where they will contribute to investigations of war crimes.

As part of the new MSc in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Lincoln, UK, students will have the opportunity to participate in exhumations and see first-hand the work of forensic anthropologists in Guatemala.

Forensic Anthropology involves the analysis and identification of human remains.  People with these skills are becoming increasingly valued during mass grave investigations and disaster recovery.

Specialists Gillian Fowler and Dr Lucy Easthope from Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences will train students in techniques required for effective fieldwork. The course will place particular emphasis on the role of the expert witness and presentation of evidence. The programme also focuses on human rights and the value of forensic anthropology in international criminal investigations.

Gillian is a Forensic Anthropologist with extensive experience working in post-conflict mass grave exhumations, initially in Guatemala and more recently in Afghanistan.

She spent six years with the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala. While there she was involved in the exhumation of mass graves containing victims of the country’s uprising against the military dictatorship in the 1980s.

More recently, Gillian contributed to a special report by the group Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) outlining steps Afghanistan can take to help identify the victims of the country’s 35-year conflict.

Gillian said: “The skills that forensic anthropologists possess are becoming increasingly valued in international criminal and mass fatality investigations. This MSc is responding to the need to train a new generation of anthropologists who can make an important contribution to future investigations of this nature.”

As an expert in mass fatality disasters Dr Easthope has advised governments, corporations and relief agencies in the aftermath of major incidents, including the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand, as well as developing contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of international organisations.

She specialises in mass fatalities planning, disaster victim identification (DVI), community recovery and the care of survivors, the bereaved and the deceased after disaster.

This programme consists of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory sessions with hands-on experience of working with the University’s extensive skeletal collection. Simulated crime scene investigations (including a large mass grave exercise) and ‘mooting’ (simulated court proceedings) also feature. Students will have exclusive use of a dedicated bone laboratory where they can work independently on the University’s extensive skeletal collection to enhance their osteology knowledge, which underpins the work of a forensic anthropologist.

The course makes use of state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratories of the College of Science, including the new multi-million pound Joseph Banks Laboratories which will open in summer 2014.

For more information go to https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/frsathms/ or contact Gillian Fowler on 01522 886648 or e-mail gfowler@lincoln.ac.uk