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Student Placement Reports

Durham ARCTIC is committed to providing its award-holders with the widest range of opportunities to:

  • Gain new skills and competencies that complement their postgraduate research and training;
  • Apply their knowledge, skills and research in academic and non-academic environments, beyond the limits of Durham University, to contribute to understanding of the Arctic and empowerment of its peoples and institutions.

To help achieve these objectives, Durham ARCTIC runs its own Placement Scheme. Our Placement Scheme is responsive and supports our award-holders to design their own placements, which are tailored to their specific research, training and career development needs.

The following principles underpin our placement scheme:

  • It is student-led: Our award-holders are empowered to develop their own placements, working in partnership with their supervisory team.
  • It is compulsory to the programme:It must be taken by all students within their 3 year programme.

At the end of the placement, award-holders are required to complete and submit a report detailing the skills and experiences that they gained, together with details of the work they conducted and any resulting impact generated from the placement.


Placement Completion reports


Giuseppe Amatulli (Cohort 1) - Department of Anthropology

Placement Host Organisation: Land Department of the Doig River First Nation (British Columbia)

Ilona Kater (Cohort 1) - Department of Biosciences.

Placement Host Organisation: Umeå University, Department of Ecology

Jan Mikael Lundmark (Cohort 1) - Durham Law School 

Placement Host Organisation: Sámiid Riikkasearvi

Laura Seddon (Cohort 1) - Department of Geography

Placement Host Organisation: Norwegian Meteorological Institute



Eric Boyd (Cohort 2) - Department of Anthropology

Placement Host Organisation: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University (SGS)

Romain Chuffart (Cohort 2) - Durham Law School 

Placement Host Organisation: Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Christian Drury (Cohort 2) - Department of History

Placement Host Organisation: National Library of Scotland 

Greta Ferloni (Cohort 2) - Department of Geography

Placement Host Organisation: International Arctic Research Center – University of Alaska Fairbanks

Katy Ivison (Cohort 2) - Department of Biosciences 

Placement Host Organisation: Herbarium in NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Natural History Museum


Ellie Ward (Cohort 3) - Department of Biosciences

Placement Host Organisation: Akvaplan-NIVA, Tromsø,