Equality and diversity in archaeology

CIfA acknowledges there needs to be a culture change around equality and diversity practice in archaeology.

CIfA's policy statement on equal opportunities in archaeology

Equal opportunities are an issue integral to every aspect of archaeological work. It is essential that all people are treated equally and not disadvantaged by prejudices or bias. Principle 5 of the Code of conduct states that any member shall respect the aspirations of employees, colleagues and helpers with regard to all matters relating to issues of equality of opportunity and employment, including but not limited to career development, health and safety, and terms and conditions of employment.

The Institute's full policy statement provides more guidance for members and the Institute about how best to comply with the Code and to lead by example.

Resources for equality and diversity

Support and advice for individuals

Information for employers

Case studies and research

Pan-sectoral strategy on equality and diversity in archaeology

CIfA's Board of Directors has agreed to embark on a comprehensive strategy that will have the greatest impact for the profession and strongly recognises the important roles of organisations representing employers, employees and those in education. CIfA is working with the Industry Group (an existing collaboration between FAME, Prospect and CIfA) to jointly develop a pan-sectoral strategy on equality and diversity in archaeology. This would be owned by all three organisations and would commit each to jointly working on specific actions.

To start this process, FAME, Prospect and CIfA have issued a joint statement setting out their commitment to tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination in archaeology

CIfA also formed an internal working party of its own Advisory Council to consider where CIfA should lead on equality and diversity matters and where it should play a supporting role. The recommendations in the report are now being used to advise on the order of priorities for CIfA to address.