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Introductions - Meet the team

Meet the team!

You may wish to follow the members of the team so that you can easily see their comments - click on their name, and then click the pink ‘Follow’ button at the bottom of their profile. By following the educators and mentors you will be more easily able to find advice they have given in response to queries.

Professor Ian Haynes: Lead Educator (Professor of Archaeology, Newcastle University)
Ian is the Lead Educator on this course, and will guide you through the next six weeks. Ian received his doctorate in Roman archaeology at Oxford University in 1994, and lectured at both Oxford and London universities before being appointed Chair of Archaeology at Newcastle in 2007.

Dr Rob Collins: Educator
Rob will occasionally appear in videos during the course. He is particularly interested in the later Roman period and artefacts. Rob is a Post-Doctoral Researcher on Newcastle University’s Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative.

Skylar Arbuthnot: Mentor
Newcastle University student and former U.S. Army Captain, Sky completed a Master’s dissertation on extra-mural settlements along Hadrian’s Wall and is currently engaged in doctoral research on Roman defensive artillery at Newcastle University.

Emma Gooch: Mentor
Emma is an MA in Archaeology student at Newcastle. Emma also completed her undergraduate degree at Newcastle.


There will be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course and we have been really interested to read introductions that many of you posted in the welcome area before the course started.

If you haven’t introduced yourself already please add to the comments below answering the following questions:

  • What do you hope to get out of this course?
  • Where is the nearest Roman monument to where you live? If you don’t have a Roman monument nearby, don’t worry - do you have a favourite Roman monument?

Click the pink speech bubble icon and the comments will be revealed. Read what others have said - you might find someone nearby, or with similar hopes to you.

This course is open to anyone and is part of FutureLearn Choices - a collection of courses to bridge the gap between school and higher education, and help young adults choose the right degree or career.

If you haven’t done so already please fill out our pre-course survey.

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Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier

Newcastle University

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