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. New degree programmes introduced in 2013-14 include the MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia, MA in Archaeology of the Middle East and the MA in Mediterranean Archaeology.
- The Institute was ranked first for the fourth year in a row in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2015 League Table (published in June 2014) of 36 institutions teaching archaeology in the UK with a top score of 100/100 based on factors including student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback and staff-student ratio.
- The Institute was ranked in the top two for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide's 2015 League Table of UK archaeology departments (published in May 2014).
National Student Survey
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.
Provost’s Teaching Awards
The Provost’s Teaching Awards celebrate leadership in teaching and learning across UCL’s eight 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 Teaching Award:
- 2012-13: Marcos Martinón-Torres [Read more»]
- 2010-11: Bill Sillar [Read more»]
- 2009-10: Sue Hamilton [Read more & view the award ceremony»]
- 2008-09: Roger Matthews [Read more»]
- 2007-08: Mark Lake, Judy Medrington (Supporting Learning) [Read more»]
- 2006-07: Thilo Rehren [Read more»]
Student Choice Teaching Awards
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.
- 2013-14: Stuart Laidlaw (Outstanding Support for Teaching), Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support) [Read more»]
- 2012-13: James Hales (Outstanding Teaching), Judy Medrington (Outstanding Personal Support & Outstanding Support for Teaching) [Read more»]
A number of Institute of Archaeology staff have recently been successful in the annual round of UCL Senior Promotions, which acknowledge staff research and teaching
excellence in their respective fields:
Teaching Quality Assurance
View QAA reports and other monitoring outcomes.
Prizes for Institute students
- Faculty and Institute of Archaeology Prizes awarded to Institute students for the 2013-14 academic session.
- UCL sessional prizes and Social and Historical Faculty Prizes awarded to Institute students for the 2012-13 academic session.
- UCL sessional prizes and Social and Historical Faculty Prizes awarded to Institute students for the 2011-12 academic session.
- UCL sessional prizes and Social and Historical Faculty Prizes awarded to Institute students for the 2010-11 academic session.