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AHRC sends talented archaeologist to BU

6 August 2010

Archaeologist Mark McCorry

The School of Applied Sciences is celebrating the news that the AHRC will pay for talented student Mark McCorry to study at Bournemouth University.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will fund the course fees and additional living expenses when Mark starts his MSc in Forensic Archaeology: Crime Scene and International Investigations in September.

Mark said: “I am delighted that I am financially independent and have been presented with the opportunity to do what I wanted to do. I cannot wait to get started.  I am free of financial concerns, am free of my barista duties at Starbucks and can focus on my course and studying.”

The AHRC issues grants to exceptional students. BU academics were impressed by Mark’s work during his BSc (Hons) in Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queens University in Belfast, in which he received a First. BU staff submitted departmental statements to accompany Mark’s application and references.
Mark said: “I am extremely grateful to Bournemouth University. It all started with a telephone call from Louise Pearson, who suggested that the University put my name forward for the grant.  I was helped by Dr Kate Welham and Ian Hanson who gave up their time writing departmental statements and editing my application.  Obviously I am indebted to all three of them and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.”

The Arts and Humanities Research Council support world-class research to further knowledge of human culture and creativity. They help fund a wide variety of projects, ranging from ancient history and heritage science to dance and digital research.

More information on the AHRC and funding opportunities can be found by visiting To find out more about applying for AHRC funding for masters and doctoral research contact the School of Applied Sciences

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