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Research facilities

The Department of Social Anthropology is located in two buildings in the beautiful St Salvator’s Quadrangle – one of the oldest parts of the University and located right in the centre of town. Here all academic staff have their offices along with the departmental secretarial office which holds an extensive collection of ethnographic films available for loan to staff and students. The buildings also host:

  • a common room and kitchen
  • a dedicated postgraduate resource room incorporating:
    • the Ladislav Holy and Steven Rubenstein library collections
    • the Centre for Amerindian Studies library
  • postgraduate offices and seminar rooms.

The University also has several longstanding ethnographic collections. It includes valuable and unique ethnographic artefacts from the 18th century and the Ladislav Holy archive containing his fieldnotes, ethnographic material, photographic collection and correspondence, as well as various regional collections. These collections offer students the opportunity to analyse, handle and curate material artefacts.

The Museum of the University of St Andrews Learning Loft, located a few minutes away, provides an ideal space for practical sessions with the Department's collection objects. The Byre Theatre is often used for film showings and creative productions.

The main University Library across the quad has an impressive collection in Social Anthropology and a constantly updated and ever-growing range in electronic resources.