James Clark
Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer

Welcome from Professor James Clark

I’m delighted to welcome you to the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter.

As Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer, I have overall strategic responsibility for the College Graduate School and its research students. The College is a vibrant centre for new ideas, driven by ambitious and inspirational scholars. It has a world-class reputation for teaching and research across ten disciplines, plus a number of active and highly-respected research centres. Our disciplines include: Archaeology, Art History, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film Studies, History, Modern Languages, Theology and Religion, and Visual Culture. We host a range of interdisciplinary projects and activities, e.g. digital humanities and medical humanities. Penryn Humanities, located on our Cornwall campus, is a centre of research and teaching excellence in English and History. There are more than 300 research students in the College from over 25 countries around the world.

Postgraduate activity is central to our mission. We are fully committed to careful selection processes, strong standards of supervision and support, and to ensuring the timely completion of high-quality work by our students. Timely completion will help all our students move more quickly into the kind of challenging careers that are most appropriate for them.

We are also committed to doing our best to enable all our students to enjoy their time as a postgraduate. We hope that you will gain from the experience intellectually, and produce important theses, but also that you will benefit from  the professional development that we offer our postgraduates to enhance your career prospects. We are also determined that our programmes appeal to students from across the world, and that the programmes should enable our students to shine on an international stage. We have recently created links with institutions in India, China and the USA; the benefits of these links should impact not only on the students directly involved, but also on the College’s wider research community as we share ideas and methods, and extend areas of research.

We work hard to provide the framework for an active postgraduate community that values intellectual endeavour and that contributes to a dynamic research culture in each discipline, and in the College and the University. Ultimately, the success of this depends on you and how much you contribute to and develop this community. For your benefit as well as that of other postgraduates, the academics and the College generally, we strongly encourage you to take every opportunity open to you during your studies.

On behalf of the College, I wish you well in your work, and that you enjoy and make the most of your time as a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter.

Best wishes,

Professor James Clark
Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer

If you have any queries about the PGR College Handbook, please contact the Graduate Office in the Queen's Building at humanities-gradschool@exeter.ac.uk