University of Leicester launches Department of Transtemporal Studies

Queen’s University Belfast and University of Sheffield also enter into the spirit of ‘Back to the Future Day’

October 21, 2015
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The University of Leicester has “launched” a Department of Transtemporal Studies, formerly the School of Anomalous Chronography, as the “leading centre for research and teaching into all aspects of time travel”.

The institution claims that staff in the department, which was founded in 1985, have “extensive experience of journeying to a wide variety of historical and future periods, using a range of techniques”.

“We have a comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art time machines, ranging in size from multi-person vehicles to individual wristbands, which are used for teaching our degrees and also for research at the cutting edge of chronolysis and chronography,” it states.

Leicester claims that Transtemporal Studies is the “only type of degree where you are guaranteed a job on graduation”.

“By the end of your first year you will know your future career path and can either stay on the Transtemporal degree or transfer to whatever other course it is that you now know you transfer to,” the website adds.

“It is also uniquely stable in its prospects. Where other sectors may predict future growth, anyone studying for a degree in Transtemporal Studies can be sure of solid employment and steadily increasing wages for at least the next 50 years (apart from a brief recession in the late 2040s).”

One time travel student at the institution said: “The prize for my Third Year Dissertation which I received at the end of my first year really encouraged me to work hard and succeed, in order to not cause a rift in the time-space continuum.”

The announcement comes on Back to the Future Day – the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to in the film Back to the Future 2.

Queen’s University Belfast has also celebrated the iconic date by unveiling an electric-powered DeLorean – the same car in which Marty McFly went Back to the Future.

Staff and students spent 18 months restoring and modifying their DeLorean, which is thought to be the first to be “built” in Northern Ireland since the Belfast factory ceased production in 1983.

Meanwhile, Sheffield University has announced that Peter Kok, a scientist in its physics and astronomy department, will be on BBC One at 7pm to discuss the physics of time travel. 

ellie.bothwell@tesglobal.com

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