Scottish Area Group


CIfA's Scottish group represents the interests of Scotland, and those working in Scotland to CIfA council and informs the CIfA's work in this area.

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Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members). To join,please use the PayPal link on the webpage.


Peta Glew (Chair and Advisory Council Rep)

Sam Fox (Secretary)

Vacant (Treasurer)

Tristan Boyle

Biddy Simpson

Joe Somerville

Andy Bicket


Forthcoming events

Accreditation and CPD workshop
Tuesday 30 January, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AP

This workshop will introduce you to CIfA and the Scottish Group and aims to cover all you need to know about applying for accreditation of CIfA and getting started on your CPD.

The main focus will be on Practitioner (PCIfA) grade applications, but if you are applying or upgrading at a higher level you are still welcome to come along with your questions. We will cover the accreditation process and how to complete an application and try to answer all your questions, so please bring along your applications if you have started them.

If you’re confused about CPD, not sure how to set SMART objectives for your professional development or just struggling to identify suitable training opportunities, we can help! We’ll talk through the CPD process, help you to identify your development needs and ways of meeting them and work through the recording process. Whether you’re right at the beginning of your CPD journey or just need to update your Professional Development Plan, this is the workshop for you.

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Standards and Guidance for Briefs, Specifications and WSIs workshop
Wednesday 31 January, 10am to 4pm
The Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
CIfA members £40 x15
Non-members £60 x15

The 2011 Southport Report 'Realising the benefits of planning-led investigation in the historic environment: a framework for delivery' made recommendations that CIfA (then IfA) revise its Standards and guidance to advise that written schemes of investigation (WSIs) should include explicit statements on public benefit, dissemination, community participation, research and the expertise of the project team and on archive creation, care and deposition. It also recommended that guidance be revised on the scope of WSIs to create a more standardised bidding document and promote the weighting of quality criteria in the procurement process.

This revision of the guidance was informed by discussions on good practice during the development of the Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services and the Standard and guidance for commissioning work or providing consultancy advice on archaeology and the historic environment and was incorporated specifically into the Standards and guidance for field evaluation, for excavation and for watching briefs. The revised Standards and guidance were adopted by IfA Council in July 2014.

The recommendations of the Southport Report and subsequent revision of CIfA guidance recognised the instrumental role of the WSI in determining the standard and quality of any archaeological investigation.

The aim of this workshop is to improve the scope and quality of WSIs and project designs by promoting compliance with revised CIfA guidance. The discussion will aim to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the revised guidance, its context in relation to the 2011 Southport Report and the outcomes it aims to achieve. Through the workshop format, participants will be encouraged to share examples of good practice and to discuss how the guidance might be implemented in their own areas of operation. The workshop will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss ways in which the production of WSIs could be improved in Scotland, the results of which will be fed back to ALGAO Scotland.

If you are a CIfA member, please enter the discount code CIfAmembers to buy your ticket at £40

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Mental Health First Aid CPD workshop
Tuesday 20 February, 10am to 4pm
The Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL
CIfA members £40 x15
Non-members £60 x15

In February the Scottish Group and the Equality and Diversity Group are offering a Mental Health First Aid CPD workshop in Edinburgh. Places are limited and must be booked through Eventbrite. Mental health issues are an increasingly becoming more relevant to our work. This can be through our work with colleagues, volunteers or even ourselves. This workshop intends to provide an introduction to mental health issues, how we can understand the issues, help others through reading symptoms and prepare ourselves for future work. Topics covered will include depression, anxiety, suicide, psychosis, self-harm and recovery. Each topic will look at how to read the signs and symptoms and indeed self-help. The workshop will also signpost to further help and training.

Aim: raise awareness of mental health and begin to work effectively with people experiencing problems.
• Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
• Define mental health and some mental health problems
• Relate to people’s experiences
• Help support people with mental health problems
• Begin developing a business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace
• Look after your own mental health

If you are a CIfA member, please enter the discount code CIfAmembers to buy your ticket at £40

Book your place here

Previous events

  • Scottish Group AGM 2017
    To be held on Saturday 7 October, 2pm, at The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ.

  • Heritage and Conservation Seminar - 25 January 2017

  • GIS Workshop Thursday 9 February from 10am to 4pm at High Life Highland, Highland Archive Centre, Inverness. Book here

  • Building Archaeological Chronologies workshop - Wednesday 14 December from 9am to 4.30pm at the University of Stirling.

  • Scottish Group AGM - Friday 2 September alongside a day of CPD activities (and a BBQ!) at Strathyre, Callander. event and AGM flyer

  • Free workshops in Edinburgh - Chartered archaeologists and Professionalism - an introduction, Wednesday 27 July 2016 in Edinburgh.

  • Drones & Archaeology workshop flyer - Monday 22 February

  • Scottish Group Workshop: Effective Use of the ScARF resource in day to day archaeology

  • AGM Event 2015 - Kings Knott

  • CIfA Planning and guidance - session 2

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