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News items relating to IfA activites, updates, etc.

IfA response to consultation on the draft Scottish Historic Environment Data strategy

IfA has responded to the consultation on the draft Scottish Historic Environment Data strategy, calling for a clear commitment to IfA Standards and accreditation and recognition to the desirability of placing local authority HER services on a statutory footing. Read the full response here

IfA writes to Maria Miller about funding for English Heritage

IfA has written to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about its concerns following news of DCMS settlement with Treasury in the 2015-16 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Read IfA’s letter to Maria Miller

Progress with Royal Charter

We are pleased to inform members that IfA has been invited to proceed to the next stage in the process of applying for a Royal Charter of Incorporation by submitting a formal Petition to the Privy Council.

In order for us to submit this application, Council will be taking a formal resolution to the 2013 AGM in October asking members to vote on the proposed Petition and revised proposed charter and by-laws. These will be prepared by our legal advisors and released on the website following the August Council meeting for members to read and consider.

IfA Conference 2014; call for sessions

We are delighted to announce our Annual conference and training event for 2014. The conference will take place in Glasgow from Wednesday 9 April through to Friday 11 April 2014. We will be based at the Marriott Hotel within Glasgow city centre, close to local amenities and transport links.

IfA makes Private Eye…

It’s not the first time IfA have been mentioned in the Private Eye, but the latest edition (Issue 1337, 18 April) has given about 3 inches of copy to the recent decisions regarding IfA salary minima and the absolute requirement of IfA Registered Organisations to meet them. The article is a supportive one, and though some of the points on policy are misleading, it is interesting to see some joining up of the dots with regards to the current challenges facing heritage professionals.

IfA response on the Review of Planning Practice Guidance

IfA has responded to DCLG on the Review of Planning Practice Guidance led by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor. The review proposed a reduction in the volume of current planning guidance to create a streamlined suite of guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework. IfA supports this in principle and has made representations on what Government guidance there should be on heritage and archaeology.

IfA and salary recommendations 2013-2014

Report on decisions of IfA Council, 30/01/2013

Council has reaffirmed IfA’s vital role in improving and maintaining standards of archaeological work, and in enhancing the status of archaeologists.

Trains and boats and drains: Infrastructure and the Historic Environment LAG Conference

Saturday 23 February 2013, 10am-4.45pm

The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Assocs. 75, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

London has been the focus of both Government and private enterprise spending on Infrastructure for a number of years, and this looks set to continue. In this Conference we want to explore how the Historic Environment has fared in these works, to what extent has it been seen as an `asset’, or possibly a hindrance, and how has its protection been managed, particularly in sometimes complex project management structures?

Online IfA Conference bookings

It is now possible to book your place at the 2013 IfA conference online via PayPal.

Go to http://www.archaeologists.net/2013bookings before Friday 22 March 2013 to ensure your booking at the standard booking rate.

Consultation on draft IfA Standard and guidance for archaeological advice and procurement of archaeological services

This first consultation draft of an IfA Standard and guidance for archaeological advice and procurement of archaeological services has been developed by a working group consisting of IfA staff and consultants from a range of different backgrounds and has benefitted from comments by members of IfA Council and its Professional Development and Practice Committee.

It aims to address issues of ethics, quality and consistency in the provision of archaeological advice on a consultancy basis and in the procurement of archaeological services.

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