Diana Spencer introduces the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, a full 50% of all research by Birmingham’s academic staff was rated as either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' - the highest ranking possible.
Graduate students meet weekly at research seminars is small, intimate groups of their peers and faculty. If you can’t make it to campus on a fulltime basis, distance learning and part time schooling is available, including Birmingham’s Heritage Management Suite.
Students in attendance are maximizing the many resources available to them including the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, research library with special collections, and university museums.
“The Special Collections and Archives of the University of Birmingham consist of approximately 120,000 pre-1850 books dating from 1471 and some 3 million manuscripts. Special Collections is responsible for directly supporting the University’s research, learning and teaching agenda by collecting and making fully accessible all collections and seeking to acquire material which ties into this agenda.”
Prospective graduate students can provide research ideas to experts, having the full ability to exercise their scholarly attributes, in a setting that emphasizes advancement in the field.