Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Lampeter students chosen to have their work displayed at Posters in Parliament event


Two students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter were selected to have their posters shown at the Posters in Parliament event that took place in Westminster yesterday (10.02.15).

This event was part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of undergraduate research which brings together a selection of some of the best undergraduate research from across the UK.

Forty-seven students from twenty-four universities across the UK had been chosen to display posters of their undergraduate research work at the Houses of Parliament where they had the opportunity to present their findings.

UWTSD Lampeter students, Robert Edwards and Sophie Millward, were two of the students chosen to have their work displayed – both of whom are studying for their BA in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East within the school of Archaeology and Ancient History at UWTSD.  The only students chosen to take part in the event from Wales, Robert and Sophie were very excited to have the opportunity to discuss their research with MPs, Peers etc at such a high profile event.

“I’ve really enjoyed the research element of my studies,” says Robert, a final year student originally from Kent. “I’ve focused on Warfare in the Levant between 2000 and 1000 BC looking at the political and economic reasons that people went to war.”

Sophie, also in her third year has been looking at the roles of women in pre-historic Cyprus.  “This is an area of my studies that I find really interesting – it’s been fascinating discovering how Cyprus in 9000BC wasn’t a gendered community.  Life was about survival.  Women did whatever they needed to like hunt and carry animals in order to survive.

“This is definitely something I’d like to stick with,” continues Sophie who’s originally from Birmingham.  “I’ve been lucky enough to go on an excavation to Cyprus and now I’m looking into continuing with my studies at a post-graduate level.”

The posters that the students displayed are linked to their BA dissertations, which are both supervised by Dr Louise Steel from UWTSD Lampeter.

Dr Katharina Zinn, Programme Director for the BA Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East is very proud of her students and is very pleased that they were selected to showcase their work.

“I’m delighted that Robert and Sophie have been selected to discuss their work at the Houses of Parliament.  We have a strong tradition at UWTSD Lampeter for promoting undergraduate research in its own right.  We publish our own journal of undergraduate research – The Student Researcher -  which showcases the achievements of all undergraduates across all levels and disciplines across the University.  Robert and Sophie are the only Welsh students to have been selected and it’s great that they both happen to be on the same degree scheme.”

BA Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East is a new course and Sophie Millward and Robert Edwards will be among the first to graduate from the programme in the Summer.  For more information about the course and about studying at UWTSD Lampeter, go to 


Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014

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