The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK) have announced three additional departments now offering academic programs that have been formally accredited as providing skills relevant to a career in the historic environment.
The University of Bristol – BA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge – BA (Honours) in Archaeology, and University of Canterbury Christchurch – pathway through BA Archaeology all join universities already offering accredited programs, making 15 in total.
“We are delighted to be able to recognize degrees from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, and Canterbury Christ Church as CIfA/UAUK-accredited programs. Accreditation of degree programs by CIfA and UAUK provides an invaluable way for students to identify those courses which should provide them with the skills that the profession and employers value and can help universities recruit good numbers in these difficult times,” said CIfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton.
Further applications currently are being assessed and newly accredited programs will be announced in due course. The next application deadline is June 1, 2022.
“Accreditation is an exciting new initiative for students taking archaeology courses at universities and for the profession more widely. It recognizes the value of real knowledge of working practices across the sector by students across the U.K.,” said Chair of University Archaeology UK (UAUK), Chris Gerrard.
Students in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland now have the opportunity to choose a degree program that will support them to develop a career in the historic environment.
The accreditation was developed to provide a career route for the historic environment as well as foster strong relations between industry and academia.