For the Scotland and Northern Ireland Part-time Researcher Conference

Plenary Session - From Achmore to Syria - A forensic anthropologist's tale - by Sue Black

Sue Black is Director of the award winning Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee and Deputy Principal for public engagement.  Her undergraduate degree was in Anatomy as was her PhD, both at the University of Aberdeen.  Her first lecturing post was at St.Thomas' Hospital in London and she then took a career break of 10 years to work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a consultant forensic anthropologist.  For her work in Kosovo she was awarded an OBE.  Sue is a great believer that all academics need to experience the 'real' world and is proof that such a break need not be a hindrance to a career but can be a real asset.

Closing Session - Making the Ends Meet: balancing the must-dos, the should-dos, and the would-like-to-dos in PhD study - by Eddie Small
Eddie Small is in the dying days of a History PhD on the Culture of Death in Scotland at the University of Dundee. His subject area has resulted in him being invited on to a government-supported steering group on death, and on to separate groups with the NHS in Fife and in Tayside.
In the past three years he has delivered Creative Writing tuition for Writing Practice and Study modules, and Performing Writing in the MLitt in Theatre Studies
He co-authored a book in 2012, entitled In Memoriam, which was part of a project which won him the Stephen Fry Award for 2013. He used the proceeds to run a conference in March 2014 in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, again entitled In Memoriam, which was substantially funded by a grant he secured from Wellcome Trust. In 2012 he was commissioned by Dundee University Press to write a book on Mary Lily Walker, social-reformer and one of this University’s first ever students, which was published in June 2013 at a Dundee Council civic launch, and which informed the Graduation Ceremony speeches made by Principal Pete Downes in the same month.