Institute of Archaeology


Teaching Excellence

The Institute is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain.

The Institute's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, both theoretical and practical, covering a diverse array of archaeological topics, and wide-ranging fieldwork opportunities.

League tables

  • The Institute is ranked third in the world in the QS World University Subject Rankings for 2019.
  • The Institute was ranked third in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2019 League Table (published in May 2018) of the 47 institutions teaching archaeology in the UK with a score of 93/100 based on factors including student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback and staff-student ratio.
  • The Institute was ranked fourth in the Complete University Guide's 2019 League Table of UK archaeology departments (published in May 2018).

National Student Survey

Student Satisfaction 94-100% in the National Student Survey for the past five years

A National Student Survey of all undergraduate finalists is carried out annually for the UK government. Students rate their institution on a five-point scale with an opportunity to give feedback on all aspects of university life including teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction. Students appear to be very happy with the teaching and academic support they receive at the Institute, with significantly higher scores than the average for Archaeology nationwide being obtained under every heading. Data from previous surveys are currently available on the Unistats website.

UCL Education Awards

(formerly Provost's Teaching Awards)

Provost's Teaching Awards

The Provost's Teaching Awards celebrate leadership in teaching and learning across all of UCL's faculties and demonstrate its commitment to continuous innovation in the teaching it offers its students. Since their inception Institute staff have been successful nearly every year. The following staff have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to excellence and innovation in teaching with the achievement of a Provost's Teaching Award:

  • 2015-16: Matthew Pope
  • 2014-15: Andrew Reid & Sarah Dhanjal
  • 2012-13: Marcos Martinón-Torres
  • 2010-11: Bill Sillar
  • 2009-10: Sue Hamilton
  • 2008-09: Roger Matthews
  • 2007-08: Mark Lake, Judy Medrington
  • 2006-07: Thilo Rehren

Student Choice Teaching Awards

Awards for Outstanding Teaching, Support for Teaching and Personal Support

The UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards celebrate outstanding teaching and recognise those that support students in their learning at UCL.  The awards are completely student led - students determine the award categories, set the criteria, nominate the potential awardees and decide who wins the awards.

  • 2017-18: Gabriel Moshenska (Exception Personal Tutoring) - read news article about Gabriel Moshenska's award here
  • 2016-17: Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support)
  • 2015-16: Rodney Harrison & Gabriel Moshenska (Outstanding Personal Support)
  • 2014-15: Tim Williams (Outstanding Teaching), Maria Carmen Vida (Outstanding Support for Teaching), Paul Basu & Gabriel Moshenska (Outstanding Researcher Development),  Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support)
  • 2013-14: Stuart Laidlaw (Outstanding Support for Teaching), Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support)
  • 2012-13: James Hales (Outstanding Teaching), Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support & Outstanding Support for Teaching)