Our undergaduates have been writing blogs for Professor Ray Laurence’s unit: The City of Rome. They can choose any topic to research and develop. Hayden Bayne had become a volunteer rural firefighter and asked Ray, if he could use his knowledge from his volunteering to develop his blog and provide a new perspective on the Great Fire of the emperor Nero’s reign. Ray was delighted that Hayden was drawing into his degree his volunteering that had become an essential part of his identity. Read the blog post on the Great Fire!
Reading the blog – we learn about how fire works and spreads and an understanding of some of the conditions that led to the destruction of two-thirds of the city of Rome in AD 64. Yet, there is more. If you read onto the end of the blog, Hayden talks about his double degree a BSc and a BA and explains how he used his knowledge of STEM in a number of his Ancient History units. This shows that students today are not content to respect the traditional boundaries of academia. Ray Laurence commented: “There is much talk and theoretical discussion of the student experience, both here in Australia and in the UK, but seldom do we find a student articulating how science and an arts subject are not separate; whilst at the same time drawing in his experiences from beyond the campus into his degree”.