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News items relating to IfA activites, updates, etc.

Apply now for 2011 HLF funded Workplace Learning Bursaries!

Host organisations are seeking applications for eight new placements starting in March 2011, to be based at

  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • AOC Archaeology
  • Archaeology South East
  • University of Durham
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
  • Northumberland National Park Authority
  • Surrey County Council

For information on how to apply, please visit the HLF bursaries page.

IfA restructuring

IfA’s organisational structure has been reviewed to ensure that IfA is in the best possible shape to deliver the strategic plan and to address disappointing financial performance. Those proposed reforms relating to governance and constitutional matters will be discussed by Council in November; some may require an AGM. Reforms to the staff structure were implemented rapidly during September.

The management team has been strengthened by the creation of posts for the three core functions of the Institute: setting standards, measuring compliance with standards and promoting standards.

Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund conference hosted by EH and IfA

The Past Changing the Future; nine years of ALSF funding in the Historic Environment

There are a few remaining places left on the one day conference hosted by English Heritage and the Institute for Archaeologists

Monday 4 October 2010, 11am – 4.30pm

Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House

The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) was introduced in 2002. Defra invited English Heritage (EH), to distribute funds to distribute to projects that mitigated the effects of past, current, and future aggregates extraction on the Historic Environment.

Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund conference hosted by EH and IfA

The Past Changing the Future; nine years of ALSF funding in the Historic Environment

A one day conference hosted by English Heritage and the Institute for Archaeologists

Monday 4 October 2010, 11am – 4.30pm

Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House

The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) was introduced in 2002. Defra invited English Heritage (EH), to distribute funds to distribute to projects that mitigated the effects of past, current, and future aggregates extraction on the Historic Environment.

IfA - Draft Standard and guidance documents

The draft Standard and guidance documents for geophysical survey and forensic archaeologists are available to download below and also on the Codes, standards and guidance page of this website.

The guidance is proposed for adoption in draft for one year, with a review during the year to allow Council to propose any necessary changes to the 2011 AGM.

IfA Workplace Learning Bursary: Archaeology Outreach Officer

IfA Workplace Learning Bursary: Archaeology Outreach Officer

Hosted by: Archaeological Project Services, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Duration: 1 Year
Start date: 1st November 2010
Salary: £17,534.00

Applications are invited for an HLF-funded IfA Workplace Learning placement based at Archaeological Project Services (APS).

IfA - IfA response to DCMS review of arm’s length bodies

On 26 July Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that 55 of DCMS’s arm’s length public bodies are set to be abolished, merged or streamlined. Among these are several within the heritage sector.

New website and members' area

We have been working on a new website for some time, which should be launched very soon. There will be a members’ area in the new site, where members will be able to download recent copies of TA (currently only those published over a year ago are available online) and other publications, download the latest copies if JIS, and update their details online.

Last reminder of salaries consultation

A reminder that the consultation deadline is looming for the reasonable starting salaries consultation. Responses must be received to kate.geary@archaeologists.net by 30 July 2010.

Download the letter here

Download the latest salary benchmarking report here

Archaeological job losses: latest report

The job-market in commercial archaeology remains volatile. There was a small increase in the number of individuals in work in the three months ending 31 March 2010, but this followed a decline in the previous quarter.

It is estimated that there was a total of 6233 individuals in UK archaeological employment on 1 April 2010. In August 2007, the total was 6865, and so archaeology as a whole is now 9% smaller than it was at that time.

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