Sue Hamilton named as next Institute Director

14 October 2013

Prof Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton has been named as the next Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, succeeding Stephen Shennan when his term of office finishes at the end of August 2014.

Sue Hamilton, Professor of Prehistory at the Institute, where she undertook her undergraduate degree and PhD research, has had an integral role in the research and teaching environment of the Institute over many years.

Sue’s research activities, which encompass landscape archaeology, later prehistory and archaeological practice, have resulted in her leading innovatory, large-scale, international field projects, located in the UK, Temperate & Mediterranean Europe, and Oceania that combine cutting-edge science with techniques from the social sciences. 

Sue has undertaken many senior managerial roles in UCL and the Institute, alongside providing expertise externally to other universities and organisations, mentoring junior academic and research colleagues and establishing tutoring systems to benefit Institute students. Sue’s commitment to excellence and innovation in her teaching was recognised with a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award in 2010 for leadership in teaching and learning.

Sue’s intellectual breadth and originality will ensure that the global perspectives and inter-disciplinary approaches that the Institute currently offers in research, teaching, training, and fieldwork continue and are further developed over the next 5 years.

As Sue has indicated:

  • The Institute is a great institution. It will be a challenge to follow the directorships of Peter Ucko and Stephen Shennan. By ensuring the Institute is an outstandingly supportive, inclusive, innovative and inspiring environment for all of its staff, students and affiliated academics, I wish to maximise its pre-eminence in global archaeology, in the archaeological sciences, and in heritage studies, and keep it the foremost institution in which to study and research archaeology’.