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University's Forensic Archaeology team short-listed in Prospects Postgraduate Awards 2013

28 October 13

The University of Bradford has been short-listed for a Prospects Postgraduate Award, recognising and rewarding excellence and innovation in postgraduate education.

More than 150 students, universities and businesses from across the UK entered the Awards in eight categories. The University of Bradford will compete against three institutions for the title of Best Teaching Team (Science, Technology and Engineering).

The nominated team, made up of: Bobby Friel, John McIlwaine, Rob Janaway and Dr Andrew Wilson, were nominated by MSc Forensic Archaeology & Crime Scene Investigation student, Sarah Ashbridge, who graduates in December.

Sarah explains why the team were nominated: “The FACSI team have supported us all, not only through our education at the University, but also outside of teaching hours to ensure that we are employable. Their dedication does not end at 5pm Friday and for this reason they are truly deserving of recognition.  An award couldn't possibly give such an incredible team the acknowledgement that they deserve, but it would be a wonderful place to start.”

John McIlwaine, Divisional Field Officer and part of the teaching team put forward, was humbled to be nominated by a student: “We are committed to delivering the best possible experience for our students on the MSc in Forensic Archaeology & Crime Scene Investigation.  The course blends our internationally acclaimed research with our extensive investigative experience.  It takes a lot of time and effort, but we know it works and that the students appreciate it.”

The awards, launched for the first time this year, are the only annual event solely dedicated to celebrating best practice and the most exciting developments in UK postgraduate education.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on 19 November 2013 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester with a gala lunch and networking opportunities.

The awards are run by Graduate Prospects, the UK’s leading postgraduate education publisher, which also operates and the official postgraduate course database.

Mike Hill, chief executive of Graduate Prospects said: “It’s fantastic to see such a positive response to our first awards in the postgraduate arena. The standard of entries was high across the board, reflecting the calibre of postgraduate education in the UK. I wish the University of Bradford the best of luck.”

The judges include representatives from Universities UK, AGCAS, NUS, UK Council for International Student Affairs, Higher Education Academy, Association of Graduate Recruiters, British Council, Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme, Million+, Thirtythree, Higher Education Academy and the UK Council for Graduate Education

For more information or tickets for the awards ceremony visit: You can follow The Prospects Postgraduate Awards: @postgradawards

28 October 13

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