Summary: Dr. Rob Hosfield
University of Reading
School of Humanities
Associated with the University of Southampton for 13 years, Rob's
career is a story of perseverance, good timing, and the importance of the
right connections at the right times.
It all started when Rob was still an undergraduate Archaeology student. I
was really inspired by Clive Gamble's Palaeolithic teaching at 2nd year
and 3rd year UG, plus also by introductory Palaeolithic teaching during
my 1st year (by Chris Gosden, who was covering for Clive that year), and
by modules at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) he says. He became
keen on the idea of further study during his third year and spent part of
that year looking into possible funding opportunities. That year was the
first time he applied for PhD funding, unsuccessfully as it turned out.
Instead, he enrolled on an MSc course in Archaeological Computing at
Southampton, which attracted him as it offered a wide range of valuable
transferable skills in IT, including statistics and databases together with
GIS and CAD.
Second time lucky? Not really, as during his MSc year Rob applied again