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Martin Ruhs wins book award, for 'The Price of Rights'
Martin Ruhs' book, 'The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labour Migration', has won the 2014 Best Book Award by the American Political Science Association's Migration and Citizenship Section.
Rare Runic Stone Discovery
A newly uncovered runic stone-carving was brought to light by Jane Harrison (Senior Associate Tutor working in our Archaeology programmes) working as part of a project team for the intriguing 'Languages, Myths and Finds' programme.
Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment
In 2014-15 the Department is launching a new programme of courses and workshops in the Historic Environment to replace the programme of Professional Training in the Historic Environment.
'That Essay - By A Very Old Student'
An anonymous author revisits our summer school in 1930 - we've mined our archives and found this wonderful, evocative memoir.
Online courses: A comparison of free vs fee
Online education is nothing new, but in recent years the form has evolved to produce a new species known as the MOOC, or 'massive open online course'.
Our Website is 'Responsive'
In April 2014, over 25% of people who visited the Continuing Education website did so using a smartphone or a tablet device.
OxTALENT: in support of professional development
Dr Sharon Mickan, Director of Studies for our MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare, and her team have won an OxTALENT award in the category 'Using WebLearn to Support Continuing Professional Development'.
OUSU Teaching Awards
History received a thumbs-up from students last term, as Jonathan Healey and Janet Dickenson both won Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards.
Funding award to address critical skills gap in the environmental sciences
The Department has once again been awarded funding by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to deliver and build upon training in the environmental sciences and management, following the success of last year's NERC-funded workshops.
Scholarships and Funding Awarded to Students Studying Urban Sustainability
Scholarships and funding have been awarded to three outstanding candidates to undertake the Department's Master's in Sustainable Urban Development this October: Ms Irina Mott, Ms Joanne Hall and Ms Divindy Grant.
News from the Poets' Workshop 2014
A weekly class, Poets' Workshop, run by tutor Olivia Byard, has a bumper crop of successes to report.
Funding Award: Master's in International Human Rights Law
Ten scholarships have been funded for students from Africa and South Asia.
Department Tutor Honoured with Prestigious Industry Award
Dr Keith Kirby has been awarded the prestigious Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Medal 2014 for his 'outstanding, lifelong contribution to the advancement of ecology, forestry and woodland management.'
University's Swift Project takes wing
Stand in Wellington Square on a summer's evening and you can see and hear packs of swifts (Apus apus) screaming and flying low.
Author James Benmore speaks at two 'Artful Dodger' literary events in July
Join Creative Writing Master's alumnus James Benmore, author of the highly acclaimed novel 'Dodger' for two events in July, as part of the launch of his new book 'Dodger of the Dials'.
Free Panel Discussion: "What has philosophy offered Evidence-Based Healthcare?"
This free panel discussion is part of The History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care course. This event is free and there is no need to book.
Gero Thomas Medal Recipient
Dr Bob Lambourne, Director of Studies for Physical Sciences, has been awarded the 2014 Gero Thomas Medal by the European Physical Society (EPS), in recognition of his contributions to physics education within the Society.
Training for Myanmar university officials
In March, responding to a request from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Nick Rawlins, the Department's Leadership and Public Policy (LaPP) programmes team, led by Annette Lord and Hui Liu, ran an intensive leadership programme for Pro-Rectors, Department Heads and the Chief Librarian from the University of Yangon (in Myanmar) under the auspices of the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Trust.
Welcome Dr Mashail Ali
Dr Mashail Ali joins the Department as our new Director of Studies for Languages and Cultural Studies.
Oxford Teaching Award to Develop Mapping Tool
The Department's 2014 Oxford Teaching Award was awarded to Dr Martin Ruhs, University Lecturer in Political Economy. Dr Ruhs used the award of £5,000 to work with the Department's Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) team to develop a new online tool that allows students to use a map interface to share information they have attached to a geographical location, thus collectively creating a shared map resource for their course.
Oxford Teaching Award for Archaeology
The Department's Archaeology team, Dr David Griffiths and Dr Alison MacDonald, have won a teaching award of £5,000 which will be used to modify and re-launch the Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology in October 2016.
Creative Writing Students' Successes
Students on both the Diploma and Master's in Creative Writing have had recent successes in both publishing and competitions.
Report Published on Excavations at Alfred's Castle
Between the years of 1994 and 2011 the Department, together with the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, carried out important excavations within Oxfordshire. Many students enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place and were also involved in revealing its long and complex history that spanned several thousand years from the early Bronze Age to the late Saxon periods.
Free Lecture: "Is it ok to prank call GPs in the name of research?"
Dr James Sheppard will give a free lecture as part of the Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods course. All are welcome, and there is no need to book.
British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship Awarded to Dr David Griffiths
Dr David Griffiths, Director of Studies in Archaeology, has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the British Academy in conjunction with the Leverhulme Trust.
Oxford Book Launch: 'Land Where I Flee', by Prajwal Parajuly
Join us in celebrating MSt in Creative Writing alumnus Prajwal Parajuly at the Oxford launch of his newest book, 'Land Where I Flee'.
MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care Fellowships
The application process has opened for the first Fellowships in Evidence-Based Health Care. The fellowships, funded through Health Education Thames Valley, are open to all medics, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists working in the Oxford AHSN region.
Hands-on sustainability studies - at the Olympics
Winter 2014, and all eyes are on Sochi, Russia - host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Students, new medical technology in hands-on teaching 'first'
Students on our Surgical Science and Practice Master's programme were treated to world-first: a hands-on introduction to a ground-breaking new medical device which allows an organ to be maintained 'alive' in a functioning state outside the body for a prolonged period.
Open Evenings 2014: Oxford Award Programmes
Open evenings offer an opportunity for all who are considering studying for an Oxford qualification to meet course directors and administrators, and have questions answered. All events listed below are held at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, in Oxford.
Alumna is champion of childrens' rights
The rights of children worldwide stand to be vastly improved as a result of efforts by Sara Austin, alumna of our Master's in International Human Rights Law. Sara was instrumental in creating new United Nations legislation, ratified on 14 January 2014, which gives children the power to appeal directly to the United Nations when their rights are violated.
Poetry prize for alumna Maya Popa
The prestigious Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize has been won by Maya Popa, alumna of our Master's in Creative Writing, for her poem 'Hummingbird'.
Inspiring student Tricia Marsh
Archaeology student Tricia Marsh is featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine as part of an article on 'Inspiring Women'.
Funding award to address skills gap in environmental sciences
Funding in the amount of £116,000 has been awarded to the Department by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for the provision of critical skills training in the environmental sciences and management.
Exploring the 'Great War'
2014 marks the anniversary of the 'Great War', and the Department is pleased to offer a range of courses in History, History of Art, Literature and Archaeology for those who wish to explore one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century through study.
Oxford Continuing Education Highlights 2013
2013 was an excellent year for the Department, with the appointment of new University Lecturers, the creation of new scholarships, and the celebration of significant anniversaries. Please join me in an illustrated review of the past twelve months with our Highlights of 2013 slideshow.
Moira Barrie Award
The new Moira Barrie Award has been funded by Mr James and Mrs Moira Smith to support a student from the Department's Master's in Sustainable Urban Development.
Meet Urban Anthropologist Dr Idalina Baptista
Dr Idalina Baptista is our newest member of academic staff, joining us as a University Lecturer in Urban Anthropology (a joint appointment with the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography). She brings to the Department an impressive diversity of international teaching and research experience.
Pasby Prize awarded
The first-ever Pasby Prize was awarded to MSt student Susan Campbell at an award ceremony in September at Rewley House.
Alan Hudson wins Magnolia Gold Award
Alan Hudson, director of our Leadership Programmes for China, has won a prestigious Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award for outstanding contributions to the city of Shanghai.
Weekly class yields unexpected result
Professor Gary Lock got a bonus when he ran a 2010 weekly class in archaeology.
Students showcase excavations' 'finds'
Artifacts found as a result of East Oxford Archeology Project (Archeox) excavations at Bartlemas Leper Hospital and Minchery Priory were put on display at Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum in mid October. The one-day exhibition was the result of a collaboration between Archeox and year-one students from Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, who designed the exhibit displays.
Unfair treatment of faith groups 'persists', finds study
Ten years after England and Wales' first law against religious discrimination, a project reveals institutions are making progress but that reports of unfair treatment from people of different religions or beliefs continue.
Graduate Humanities Open Day
Join us 8 November to learn about Oxford University's part-time graduate programmes in the Humanities offered here at the Department for Continuing Education. Architectural History, Creative Writing, English Local History, Historical Studies, History of Design, Literature and Arts are the subject areas on offer for the event.
Prehistoric pits yield rare finds
A two week Archeology excavation in East Oxford in October brought forth Neolithic, Bronze Age, and maybe even Mesolithic artefacts.
New Scholarship for International Human Rights Law Master's
One student per year from eligible ASEAN countries will benefit from a new scholarship for our prestigious International Human Rights Law Master's programme.
Free lectures in Evidence-Based Health Care
The public is invited to attend two free talks, 9th and 12th September, on Teaching Evidence-Based Practice, as part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. Both talks are free and will take place at Rewley House in Wellington Square in Oxford. There is no need to book.
Barometer Measures Student Satisfaction
The comprehensive 'Student Barometer' survey measures satisfaction across the whole range of student experience at the University of Oxford: learning, teaching, accommodation and student support services.
New University Lecturer in Human Geography
Dr Johanna Waters has recently joined the Department for Continuing Education as a University Lecturer in Human Geography.
Archaeology Field School in the Basque Country
Roman activity, medieval burials along an ancient byway in northern Spain: archaeologists Drs David Griffiths and Olaf Bayer have been busy lately.
Vice-Chancellor's Civic Award
Abi Sriharan, student on our DPhil in Evidence Based Health Care programme, has won a prestigious Vice-Chancellor's Civic Award.
Two-Book publishing deal for Creative Writing Diploma alumna
Elisabeth Gifford, an alumna of our Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing, has landed a two-book publishing deal with Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books.
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