John takes history to US

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An Arbroath college lecturer is to travel to the US to lecture staff and students on a newly established Scottish history programme.

John Hayes, a former pupil of Arbroath Academy, who now works at Dundee College, is visiting the Northern Virgina Community College for an eight-day exchange visit.

Staff from the Washington DC based institute have already been to Dundee College on a number of occasions.

And both staff here and on the other side of the Atlantic have been pursuing a range of opportunities for collaboration including: transfer of credits, student exchange schemes and even the opportunity for joint associate degree programmes.

And they believe that the forthcoming merger of Dundee and Angus College should increase the prospects for working with the US college.

John, a senior lecturer in history and political studies will be working with the staff of the history department in Washington DC, and giving a guest lecture on the 1707 Acts of Union.

He said: “With the current independence debate set to rage on until autumn next year it is interesting to examine the events of the early 18th century which saw the creation of Great Britain,

“With Northern Virginia CC having just established a Scottish history course, I expect I’ll be addressing some well-informed students and had better prepare myself for some fairly probing questions.”

During his visit, which runs from June 16 to 24, the lecturer is also aiming to soak up some US history by visiting civil war battlefields including Gettysburg.