The University has signed its first joint PhD agreement with the University of British Columbia.
Canadian PhD student Kelsey Wrightson will be jointly supervised by academics in the Centre of Canadian Studies at Edinburgh and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Kelsey will spend alternate years of her PhD programme at Edinburgh and UBC.
Ms Wrightson’s PhD project is entitled “Parade of Nations: national and international displays of Indigenous art.”
It focuses on displays of Canadian Indigenous art in UK and Canadian museums and in the cultural Olympiads at the Vancouver and London Olympic Games.
The joint degree is taking place through the Universitas 21 network.
Universitas 21 is an international network of leading research-intensive universities, which was established in 1997. Collectively, its members enrol over 650,000 students, employ over 130,000 staff and have over 2 million alumni.
It creates opportunities for member universities that institutions would be unable to achieve individually.
The University of Edinburgh was a founder member of Universitas 21 and participates in a number of its activities, such as joint degree programs.
This new agreement between the University of Edinburgh and the University of British Columbia enables scholars in globally recognised universities to reinforce their research connections through a dynamic programme of international PhD supervision.
Dr Annis May Timpson
Director, Centre of Canadian Studies
The Centre of Canadian Studies at Edinburgh is internationally recognised as the leading centre for studying Canada in the UK.
Located in the University’s School of Social and Political Science, the Centre’s graduate programmes provide opportunities to develop research projects that focus directly on Canada or situate Canada in relation to broader research.
Its expertise includes indigenous studies, nationalism and diaspora studies.
This article was published on May 6, 2011