Heritage skills programme shortlisted for UK Times Higher Award

A training programme which boosts the skills of postgraduates and early career researchers in the field of heritage has been shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in the Times Higher Education Awards.

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The Heritage Skills Programme includes skills workshops, master classes and lectures delivered by distinguished heritage professionals. It also offers a range of work placement opportunities with national and international heritage organisations, 

Heritage skills image 1The aim of the programme is to offer postgraduate students and early career researchers opportunities to gain new skills, knowledge and experience to boost their employability.   Led by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, the programme forms part of the Graduate Centre Postgraduate Skills and Training Workshops.

Pictures:  students on placements in Egypt

‌Placement opportunities are based with distinguished national and international heritage organisations:

  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
  • National Coal Museum, Big Pit
  • National Waterfront Museum
  • Gwent Glamorgan Archaeological Trust
  • Richard Burton Archives
  • South Wales Miners Library
  • West Glamorgan Archives Service
  • Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy
  • South Asasif Conservation Project, Luxor, Egypt

Heritage skills image 2The Heritage Skills Programme has been shortlisted for the award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Hundreds of nominations for outstanding institutions, departments and individuals were submitted across 18 categories covering the full range of university activity.  

Swansea University has also been shortlisted in the THE Awards for:

•    University of the Year, with its entry detailing record applications, the new Bay campus, work with businesses, and sports initiatives such as the recent IPC Games, and joint work with Swansea City FC on new facilities

•    Employer Engagement: leadership development with small businesses, and training programmes run in collaboration with a variety of industries to meet business needs.

•    UK Research Project of the Year: for Prof David Turner's work on disability history, which includes a BBC Radio 4 series

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Swansea University Pro Vice Chancellor, said:

“These accolades are a recognisable measure of our performance and reputation. They show that as an ambitious, research-led institution with top quality teaching, Swansea is an excellent place to study for UK, EU and international students.”

The winners will be announced on Thursday 27 November 2014

Research Institute for Arts and Humanities