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Department of Social Anthropology


Professor James Laidlaw,                                                                          

Head of Department, 

“The Department of Social Anthropology is committed to supporting colleagues, staff, and students during this challenging time. I am pleased that we have been able to move our teaching and examining, and a good deal of our Departmental activity, online for this Easter Term 2020. Of course, it is sad that we are not seeing each other in person at lectures, seminars, talks by invited speakers, or socially, but on the whole we are making the best of a difficult situation. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has worked very hard in extremely difficult circumstances - many beyond all reasonable expectation - to contribute to this happening so smoothly. 

Below you will find links to information about health advice, and also links to information on teaching arrangements and contact details respectively for undergraduates, MPhil students, and research students, as well as information on remote events and talks organised by CUSAS. Please all stay well, and in good spirits”

Teaching and Learning

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance,  we have had to make some changes to the teaching programmes in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give students the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. Teaching may be delivered in-person or online, depending on evolving distancing guidelines and room availability with provision made for students needing to shield or self isolate. Large lectures will be online; seminars and smaller-group teaching may be in person if circumstances allow. This will be adjusted as the situation develops during the year.

Please see the teaching and exams information in the FAQs below.

For Part II and MPhil students due to take exams in 2020, please see FAQs relating to the alternative assessments in 2020

HSPS Part II COVID-19 FAQs (for undergraduates) 



Individual Questions

Individual questions can be addressed to:

Undergraduate students, Dr Mody, Director of undergraduate education ( or Claudia Luna (  
MPhil students, Dr Lazar ( or  Dave Clark (
MRes and PhD students, Dr Stasch ( or Dave Clark (


Student Representatives

Student representatives will be elected at the start of the academic year 2020 - 2021.  They are there to represent your views at committee meetings.  Once the representatives are known we will communicate their contact details to you by email and on this and other web pages.

Part IIA: 
Part IIB: 

PhD Pre-field: 
PhD writing-up: 



The Haddon Library is also closed until further notice, but like all University libraries remains open online: click the link to find all the information you need about loans, online resources, remote assistance and more. Ebooks are available for almost all titles on the SAN reading lists through iDiscover, and if you spot one that you think should be there, you can contact the Haddon library team, to investigate availability.



Any wellbeing concerns can be addressed to our wellbeing officer, Dr Perveez Mody .  

Please note that the wealth of advice for students and staff from the University here.  

We also urge students and staff to follow official advice from the Government, NHS and Public Health England regarding personal hygiene and social distancing.”


CUSAS events

CUSAS have a number of interesting online events this term.  More details here


Further Information

For further information please see University Coronavirus information -