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Nathan

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?

I came to the University of Exeter to work with Professor Timothy Insoll, one of world’s leading Islamic archaeologists and Africanists. Researching at Exeter also gave me the opportunity to be at the new Centre for Islamic Archaeology in the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Describe your typical day at Exeter

I typically research according to a 9-5 schedule during the week, with half days on Saturday with Sundays off. My research involves the creation of maps from remote sensing and aerial data, examining site reports for locales contemporary to my case islands, planning survey routes for my field work in Mozambique, Arabic and Portuguese primary source translation, and thesis writing. 

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

Extremely active. The campus is always abuzz with activity, and there is always something happening. 

What particular skills did you gain from this experience, will this help you in your choice of career?

I came into the university from a professional background, having been employed in my field for 6 years prior to beginning my PhD, I feel that my research so far has been an excellent application of my skill set. I look forward to expanding my professional network at conferences and abroad. 

How have you dealt with any challenges/difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter?  

I can honestly say that I have yet to encounter any significant difficulties since moving to Exeter. However, when I do have a concern, the PGR office has been helpful.

What's the best things about living in Exeter?

The best thing about living in Exeter is the green space. 

Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you?  

I was not aware, before coming to Exeter, how many activities the university had going on at any one time. So much happens that it is hard to keep up.

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