The Ashmolean Museum is deeply committed to providing access to its world class collections and expertise for teaching and research. Our collections are an exceptional resource to enrich teaching across academic disciplines, and our curators provide scholarly research and displays which act as a bridge between the University’s academic community and a broad public.
Ashmolean curators teach in core and option courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Last year Ashmolean curatorial staff taught a range of seminars, lectures, classes and tutorials, with an overwhelming emphasis on object engagement and study. Twenty curatorial staff have taught undergraduate courses in subjects which reflect their expertise: Archaeology and Anthropology; Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, Prehistory, Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies; Ancient and Modern History; Classics; History of Art; Fine Art; and Islamic, Indian, Chinese and Japanese Art and Archaeology. In addition, Ashmolean Curators and UEP members have collaborated with the faculties in developing and contributing to courses and papers in the wider curriculum. The majority of Ashmolean curators are also members of Faculties, not only teaching but offering tutoring and thesis supervision to DPhil and MPhil/MSc students.
In addition curatorial staff have supervised 25 DPhil and 23 MPhil/MSc students.