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Former research assistant Hannah Plug appointed at Liverpool University

Until September 2016, Hannah Plug was Research Assistant for the Consolidating Empire Research Project under the direction of Dr. Bleda Düring. Now, she has just begun her new appointment at Liverpool University, UK. Here she tells all about it.

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

“I was very fortunate to be awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Liverpool in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. This means that I am working as a fully-funded PhD student while being trained, and gaining experience, in academic teaching.

My research focusses on investigating change and continuity within the burial record of Late Neolithic cemeteries of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, to achieve a better understanding of cultural change observed both locally and in the wider region."

Developing myself as a researcher 

"My time at Leiden University provided me ample opportunity to develop myself as a researcher. Not only in terms of being taught, but especially through archaeological fieldwork and museum projects.

I held various assistantships at Leiden: KNAW Academy Assistant, Student Assistant, and later Research Assistant. These positions have prepared me for further academic work, by familiarising me with scientific research and subsequent presentation and publication."

The tools and the confidence

"I am extremely grateful for all the support given to me by various members of staff, in particular within the Near Eastern department, during my time at Leiden University. Their mentoring and encouragement has given me the tools and the confidence to pursue an academic career.

Liverpool has been treating me well: I've met many nice people, visited some interesting places, love the department here, and even the weather hasn't been too bad yet!"

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