Values and strategy

'Archaeology adds value to inustry and to society' graphic

CIfA is incorporated by Royal Charter. Our Royal Charter shows that we work for the public good, and is a mark of assurance of our institutional values of reliability, integrity, resourcefulness, teamwork and trust.

CIfA is the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. We promote high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice, to maximise the benefits that archaeologists bring to society. We are the authoritative and effective voice for archaeologists, bringing recognition and respect to our profession.

Our elected Board governs the Chartered Institute's activity: its Advisory Council comprises elected representatives of the membership, special interest and area groups, and is the workshop for our policies and priorities.

Strategic plan

Archaeologists study the past through its physical remains. Those remains – whether built, buried, on land or underwater, extraordinary or everyday, magnificent or mundane – have meaning and value for people. We recognise that our responsibility to the public means caring for the resources of the historic environment and sharing new understanding of the past.

Our Strategic Plan for 2021-2030 focuses on four key areas - higher standards; inspiring our discipline; greater influence outside our discipline; and a well-governed and effective institute

Our objectives in these key areas are

  • CIfA-accredited professionals will provide improved research and engagement, using fit-for-purpose technical and ethical standards for competence, education, and practice, supported by useful guidance
  • more archaeologists will want their professionalism recognised. A larger, more diverse and inclusive profession will offer a wide range of expertise and better reflect its relevance to society
  • professional archaeologists will be more effictively promoting the many public benefits of archaeology, and will be more trusted and more valued as a result
  • provide the governance and resoures that let the profession flourish

If CIfA applies the strategies that meet these objectives, and reaches the desired outcomes, by 2030 CIfA-accredited professionals will be setting and meeting improved standards for learning, competence and ethical practice. They will be trusted influencers in the discipline. Through their professionalism they will deliver greater public benefit, and they will be better recognised for doing so. 

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