Department of Social Anthropology

Scottish Training in Anthropological Research

Founded in 2006 the Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) consortium brings together social anthropologists from the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow to support innovation in research and teaching.

In addition to co-hosting international conferences and workshops the consortium runs residential training courses in anthropology for postgraduate students and early career researchers, with support from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.


Each year STAR runs two week long residential courses. The first course targets students at the pre-fieldwork level and the second is aimed at those are at a fairly advanced stage of writing up.

The pre-fieldwork course runs over four days and involves 6 half-day sessions, each combining a plenary workshop with smaller break-out groups. One distinguished UK anthropologist will be invited to attend the entire course, and will open the programme with a formal lecture, on a subject of his/her choice. Workshop topics include: writing fieldnotes; politics and ethics; working in a second language; visual methodologies; archival research; and material methodologies including issues of property and ownership.

This will run in 2016 between Monday 25th April and Friday 29th April. You can download the programme for the pre-fieldwork course here.

The advanced (post-fieldwork) course includes plenary workshops, with break-out groups to address key topics in the building of research careers, both within and outside the academy and a series of parallel master-classes lead by distinguished international guests, allowing students to present their work and receive feedback from some of the most exciting innovators in world anthropology. Each day will close with a plenary lecture from one of the international visitors, drawing on their current research-in-progress.

This advanced course will run in 2016 between Monday 16th May and Thursday 19th May.

The workshops cover the following areas: anthropological publishing; grants and research careers; researching for policy and practice; and innovation ethnography.