Institute of Archaeology


IoA Student Handbook

Provost’s Welcome to UCL

Judy Medrington, IoA Academic Administrator & Prof Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost (© UCL Creative Media Services)

Dear students
To those of you who are returning, welcome back. To those of you who are new, congratulations for choosing UCL as your university. Whatever your degree programme, your UCL education offers fantastic opportunities to stretch your intellect, expand your experience and develop your skills. And you are in London, which is recognised by QS as one of the best cities in the world for students.

We want you to learn how to think, not what to think: through our Connected Curriculum you have the opportunity to take part in research and enquiry and to create new knowledge. Your programmes are informed by the work of UCL’s world-leading researchers and are designed to develop your skills of analysis and problem-solving, preparing you for your career, wherever it takes you. At UCL, we believe the best way to solve a problem is to bring together thinking from different academic disciplines. This is reflected in the UCL Grand Challenges, our joined-up approach to the world’s most pressing problems. Most of our degrees allow you to take elective modules from other disciplines within UCL and we encourage language study, to bring new perspectives to your studies.

I warmly encourage you to shape your journey at UCL. Take our university-wide surveys and make your voice heard.  Become a ChangeMaker or an Academic Representative and work in partnership with academics to make your programme of study even better.  
You’ll also have opportunities to learn outside your degree programme. Participate in our Global Citizenship Programme, exploring ways of addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Get involved with amazing volunteering opportunities (coordinated by the Volunteering Services Unit) and make a difference locally. Investigate opportunities for entrepreneurship through UCL Innovation and Enterprise.

UCL is first and foremost a community of great minds. You are a valuable member of that community. I hope you will take every opportunity to shape your time here, so that your experience is the best possible.
Professor Michael Arthur
UCL President and Provost

Director's Welcome

Prof Sue Hamilton, Director, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Welcome to the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology (IoA) is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and one of the largest centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in the UK. Founded in 1937, it is one of very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology. 

More than 60 academic staff work at the IoA, teaching and conducting research in archaeology and heritage on five continents, including archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work. We aim to provide you with stimulating, high quality, research-led courses within flexible and wide-ranging interdisciplinary degrees. Our graduates have an enviable record in securing employment in both public and private sectors.

The IoA is ideally located in the heart of Bloomsbury and enjoys unrivalled resources for students and staff, especially our world-leading specialist Archaeological Library, the Wolfson Laboratories - unparalleled in science-based archaeology within UK and Europe, and our major archaeological collections. We have a rich programme of high-profile international speakers, conferences, seminars, and other events every year.

You are now a member of the IoA with outstanding resources and expertise in studying the past and its role in the present. You are also a member of UCL and will be able to enjoy the benefits of studying in a diverse, large-scale, highly rated university.

I invite you to take full advantage of the unique opportunities which lie before you.

Professor Sue Hamilton

Director, UCL Institute of Archaeology






Detailed Table of Contents:

1 Welcome to UCL

1.1 Provost's Welcome
1.2 Covid-19: Possible Changes to Information

2 Introduction to the department and parent faculty

2.1 Introduction to the department and its history
2.2 Explanation of the relationship between department and faculty
2.3 Key staff members within the department and faculty

3 Departmental staff related to the programme

3.1 Explanation to students of the roles of module and programme leaders and other key staff involved in programme delivery

4 Key dates

4.1 Term dates, exam/assessment period, core activities
4.1.1 UCL Term Dates: 2020/21
4.1.2 UCL Examination Periods 2020-21
4.2 Department- and faculty-level events and key dates
4.3 How UCL and the department will communicate with students (Central and Local)

5 Hours of Study

5.1 Hours of study (Central and Local)
5.2 Personal study time
5.3 Attendance requirements
5.3.1 Attendance Requirements
5.3.2 Tier 4 students: Absence from teaching and learning activities

6 Our expectations of students

7 Programme structure

7.1 The structure of the programme, duration, credits, qualification(s)
7.2 Projects, placements and study abroad
7.2.1 Finding projects
7.2.2 Information on placements
7.2.3 Information on study abroad options
7.2.4 Information about regulations concerning the year abroad (academic requirements if they exist)
7.2.5 Information on internships from UCL Careers
7.3 Professional accreditation
7.3.1 Details of any professional accreditation and associated requirements integrated into the programme and requirements for students

8 Tutorials and Supervision

8.1 What Students Can Expect in Terms of Academic and Personal Tutoring
8.2 Transition Mentors (first-year UG only)
8.2.1 Transition Mentors

9 Advice on choosing module options and electives

9.1 Choosing modules
9.1.1 Choosing modules
9.1.2 UCL Module Catalogue
9.1.3 Module Selection and Verification Deadlines
9.1.4 Change of Module Selection
9.2 Contact details for staff who can give advice

10 Changes to Registration Status

10.1 Information on How to Change, interrupt or Withdraw from a Programme
10.1.1 Changing modules
10.1.2 Changing programme
10.1.3 Interruption of studies
10.1.4 Withdrawing from a programme
10.1.5 Informing the Student Loans Company of changes to your student status
10.2 Key Contacts in the department for assistance with any of the above

11 Progression, Award and Classification

11.1 Information on how a student progresses through the programme – what does a student need to complete and pass to be awarded a degree, what are the consequences of unsatisfactory progress
11.2 Modern Foreign Language requirement
11.3 How will marks be combined to reach a classification?

12  Information on assessment

12.1 How will students be assessed?
12.2 What are the marking criteria and learning outcomes?
12.3 What marking scale is in use on the programme?
12.4 What is feedback, and how will students recognise it (questions in lectures, emails etc.)? How and when will students receive feedback on their work and what will it look like?
12.5 UCL Standard turnaround time for feedback
12.6 For written examinations, a link to the UCL Examination Guide for Candidates on the Examinations and Awards website
12.6.1 Examinations
12.6.2 Intercollegiate Exams
12.7 For coursework submissions, clear information about where and how to submit work, including details of any electronic submission methods and the technical support available
12.8 Information about penalties for late submissions
12.8.1 Late Submission Penalties
12.9  Information about absence from assessment
12.9.1 Absence from Assessment
12.10 Information about word counts and penalties 
12.11 Information about the consequences of failure
12.12  Academic Integrity
12.13  Information about academic integrity and accepted referencing methods in the discipline
12.14  Information about academic integrity (plagiarism) in the discipline
12.15  Information about research ethics, approvals process, code of conduct, etc. on the programme (where applicable)
12.16  Information about Marking, Second-Marking and Moderation (Central and Local)
12.17  Information about the External Examiner process and how to access reports via Portico

13 Extenuating Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustments

13.1  Information About Reasonable Adjustments
13.1.1 Students with Disabilities and Long-term Conditions
13.1.2 Pregnancy and Maternity, Paternity, Parental and Adoption Leave
13.1.3 Religious Observance
13.2 Information about Examination Adjustments
13.3 Information about when, where and how to submit a claim for Extenuating Circumstances
13.3.1 Illness and other Extenuating Circumstances
13.3.2 How to apply for Extenuating Circumstances
13.3.3 Longer-term conditions
13.4 Information on fitness to study 
13.4.1 Support to Study Policy and Fitness to Study Procedure
13.5 Key contacts in the department for assistance with any of the above
13.6  Information on university-wide learning resources and key contacts for support
13.6.1 UCL Library Services
13.6.2  UCL Information Services Division (ISD)
13.6.3 UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)
13.7. Information on department/faculty library spaces/resources, IT provision/support, social spaces etc.
13.8 How to access Moodle and support contacts
13.9 Portico – what it is, why it is important and who to contact for support
13.9.1 Portico

14 Student Support and Wellbeing

14.1 Information regarding central wellbeing and support services, including what services are offered, locations and contact information
14.1.1 UCL Student Support and Wellbeing
14.1.2 The Student Enquiries Centre
14.1.3 Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team
14.1.4 Student Psychological and Counselling Services
14.1.5 International Student Support
14.1.6 Study Abroad support
14.1.7 Accommodation
14.1.8 Financial support
14.1.9 Student of Concern
14.2 Information about registering with a doctor and out-of-hours support services
14.2.1 Registering with a doctor
14.2.2 Out-of-hours support and information helpline
14.2.3 Crisis support - immediate help
14.3 Information on how students can access support/information related to equality and diversity
14.3.1 Equality and Diversity
14.3.2 Inclusion Leads (formerly DEOLOs)
14.4 information about UCL's Zero Tolerance policy on harassment and bullying
14.4.1 Harassment and bullying
14.4.2 Sexual misconduct
14.4.3 Support for students who have been affected by sexual violation

15 Employability and Careers

15.1 Opportunities available, where and how to get advice, career planning tips
15.2 Information on UCL Careers
15.3 Entrepreneurship at UCL

16 Student Representation

16.1 Information on Students’ Union UCL, how to run for election and how to find a representative
16.2 Student Societies
16.3 Information on Academic Representatives
16.4 Role of the Staff-Student Consultative Committee
16.5 Other ways (specific to the department/programme) that students can give feedback, including local processes and key contacts
16.6 Students’ Union Advice Service
16.7 Informal and Formal Student Complaints
16.7.1 Informal resolution
16.7.2 Formal complaints

17 Student Feedback

17.1 The importance of feedback and how UCL uses the results
17.2 Student surveys and how UCL uses the results, including information about the NSS, PTES and the New to UCL survey
17.3 Student Evaluation Questionnaires (SEQ) – when they occur and why they are important (Central and Local)
17.4 The ASER process andhow student representatives are involved

18 ChangeMakers

18.1  About the project, who they are and how a student can find out more or become involved

19 Student Quality Reviewers (SQR)

20 Data Protection

20.1How UCL uses student information, for what purposes, and the steps taken to safeguard this information; Where to find information security, intellectual property and email policies; Information on how to enquire or make a related complaint

21 Health, Safety and Security

21.1 UCL Health, Safety and Security information
21.2 Health and Safety information concerning the department

22 After Study

22.1 Information on degree certificates and transcripts
22.1.1 Degree Certificates
22.2 Information about the HEAR
22.3 Graduation Ceremonies
22.4 Information on UCL Alumni activities and key contacts (Central and Local)