About the UEP

The Ashmolean University Engagement Programme

The Ashmolean Museumís University Engagement Programme (UEP) was established in 2012 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further the partnership between the Ashmolean and the Universityís faculties, and to enhance the impact of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning through objects. Building on the rich tradition of collections teaching in traditional subjects such as Archaeology and History of Art, the programmeís Teaching Curators foster innovative course collaborations across a wide range of departments, teaching with objects from the Museumís world-class collections and offering valuable material perspectives to both students and faculty on topics as diverse as Anglo-Saxon Literature, Geography, Plant Sciences, and Cardiology.

The UEP has achieved an unprecedented number of faculty collaborations since its launch and is now well-established as part of many course offerings. Since launch in 2012, the UEP has welcomed than 4,000 visits, from over 25 departments, and from all four academic Divisions.

Beyond the classroom, the University Engagement Programme is developing creative collaborations through projects such as cross-disciplinary symposia, postgraduate workshops, student-led gallery displays, and independent research projects, many of which are listed on our Latest News page. The range of projects reflects the UEPís mission to promote object-based learning, both formal and informal, as an integral part of the pedagogical environment at Oxford, and to stress the value of the Museumís collections as an academic resource.