Graduate receives prestigious Fulbright Award

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Fulbright Award winner Francesca Dunn

An Oxford Brookes University alumna has received a Fulbright Award for one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Through the initiative, Francesca Dunn has been selected to complete her PhD in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF).

The education and support I received at Oxford Brookes has much to do with my academic success since my graduation in 2015. The Department of Social Sciences is filled to the brim with people who are passionate about their area of speciality and it permeated my experience as a student.

Oxford Brookes Graduate Francesca Dunn

Francesca will be working specifically on a new method of age estimation of the living that will utilise multiple regions of the body simultaneously to further increase the precision and accuracy of this practice. 

The forensic age estimation of a living person may be requested by a court so that persons whose chronological age is unknown do not experience an unfair disadvantage during legal processing.

As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme, the Awards provide the only scholarships available to students, academics and other professionals to study, lecture and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university. 

The Awards form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Francesca began her studies for a BSc in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes in 2012 and graduated in 2015.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Francesca said: “As a Fulbright Scholar, I will be working alongside some of the best in the field of Forensic Anthropology. I hope that, through my time in the US, I will become a productive member of the world-wide community of Forensic Anthropologists that work to serve those they study.”

“The education and support I received at Oxford Brookes has much to do with my academic success since my graduation in 2015. The Department of Social Sciences is filled to the brim with people who are passionate about their area of speciality and it permeated my experience as a student.

“I was engaged in discussion with field experts on new and emerging ideas within anthropology, the result being that I graduated with all the skills I needed to enter into an advanced Master’s degree programme and excel. I remember my time there as one of the best of my life and am grateful to the Faculty and the University for making my experience so enriching.”

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “This cohort of Fulbright grantees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in another culture, work collaboratively and develop lasting transatlantic relationships. In so doing, they will build upon the work of the more than 23,000 alumni of the US-UK Fulbright Programme that have come before them, helping move us closer towards Senator Fulbright’s vision of a peaceful, more prosperous world.”

Further information on courses available at Oxford Brookes within the Department of Social Sciences can be found on the University’s website.