UKOTA Student Conference 2018 - Film Festival Poster (Cover)

The UK Overseas Territories Association is delighted to announce details of their third Overseas Students conference:

Saturday 3rd November 2018


Natural History Museum (Flett Events Theatre), London.


The conference is open to students studying in the UK from all territories that are members of UKOTA. The event presents a great opportunity for students from a wide range of cultures to come together and celebrate their shared histories and distinctiveness at the same time. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Identity’, something that resonates strongly amongst the Overseas Territories. At a time of change in the UK with the imminent departure from the European Union, both the UK and its Overseas Territories are reflecting upon their historic ties and cultural identity.

Students have been invited to produce a short film depicting their homeland, under the broad theme of ‘Identity’. Films will be shown at the conference in the Flett Events Theatre as part of an Overseas Territories film festival, and judged by the political and cultural geography academics Dr Alastair Pinkerton (University of London) and Dr Matt Benwell (Newcastle University). The academics will then use their Overseas Territory specialist knowledge to lead a discussion on the themes coming out of the students’ original film work.

The Natural History Museum hosts will also be fielding speakers to highlight the vast range of exhibits and specimens held at the museum from UK Overseas Territories across the globe. Students will get the opportunity to tour the museum to see artefacts relating to their various Overseas Territories. Botanists from the museum will aim to draw the analogy with UK Overseas Territories students, by identifying seemingly different and unique flora and fauna from across the territories yet related to one another through the same genetic classification.

The current UKOTA Chair Eric Bush, Cayman Islands Representative in the UK said: “We are delighted to be holding the important UKOTA students conference, where the future generation of Overseas Territory citizens get to meet, interact and share areas of common interest and celebrate differences. We are particularly grateful to the prestigious Natural History Museum for generously hosting the event. The museum offers both fantastic facilities and a genuine insight into the various Overseas Territories, seen through the enormous collection of exhibits gathered from around the globe.

Dr Mark Carine, Principal Curator in Charge of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division remarked: “We are very pleased and excited to be working with the UK Overseas Territories and their students and to have the opportunity to discuss the huge and important collections gathered from around the world over the centuries. We are also keen to highlight the on-going modern day scientific work still taking place in the Overseas Territories, with current Natural History Museum staff and academics. We hope that the students gain a wider understanding of their endemic flora and fauna and their importance in global biodiversity and to their own cultural identity”.


Notes to editors:

UKOTA exists to promote the interests of the Territories and the co-operation between them. The main work of UKOTA is representing the collective view of the Overseas Territories through their dialogue and contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other UK Government Departments; both at official and Ministerial levels. UKOTA also engages with NGOs in relation to protecting the critical biodiversity of the Territories.

Any UK Overseas Territory student wishing to attend should register here.

Details and criteria of entering the film festival competition are available online at:

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