The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain.
Currently ranked 3rd for subject area in the QS World Rankings, 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.
- The Institute is ranked third in the world in the QS World University Subject Rankings for 2022.
- The Institute was ranked second in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2022 League Table of the 42 institutions teaching archaeology in the UK with a score of 91.2/100 based on factors including student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback and staff-student ratio.
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)
- 2019-20: Faculty Education Award for Institute of Archaeology team
- 2017-18: Mark Lake [read news article about Mark Lake's award here]
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.
- 2021-22: IoA nominations for UCLU Student Choice & Education Awards
- 2020-21: IoA nominations for UCLU Student Choice Awards
- 2019-20: IoA nominations for UCLU Student Choice Awards
- 2018-19: Agnese Benzonelli (Amazing Support Staff)
- 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)
CIfA and UAUK accreditation for UCL Institute of Archaeology undergraduate degree programmes
The Institute of Archaeology was one of 7 universities to be included in the first cohort of archaeology departments to be awarded CIfA accreditation (2020). Accreditation is awarded to those degrees courses that cover a range of National Occupation Standards and provide the skills relevant to a career in the historic environment. This brings archaeology into line with sectors such as engineering, planning and architecture, where choosing an accredited degree is a well-established entry route leading to professional status.
The Institute was assessed by a joint panel from CIfA and UAUK who reviewed the degree structure and content, visited our teaching facilities and a field training programme. The panel highlighted:
- The range of facilities available to students is outstanding.
- There is clearly a strong emphasis on practical teaching and students are well prepared to undertake work in the sector at graduation.
- Students are well supported in gaining relevant practical experience both in the field and in other contexts.
- Students clearly benefit from high quality pastoral support.