OSCAR winners!


The Art and Heritage Team are delighted to have been awarded an OSCAR at last night’s award ceremony. The OSCARS – Outstanding Service Contribution and Achievement Recognition Awards – are an annual prize-giving ceremony for staff at DMU.


We won ‘Team of the Year’ for our work on the Heritage Centre, described as “an attraction to be proud of at DMU”.


From L-R: Elizabeth Wheelband, Heritage Centre Co-ordinator; Katharine Short, Archivist; Alan Brine, Head of Archives and Resource Management; and Nicola Harding, Interior Design lecturer with specialism in museum design.



About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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