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Recently.... The IfA has began a major new initiative to establish an Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) The IfA Registered Organisations Committee is keen to encourage registration of all historic environment educational organisations.
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The IfA has began a
major new initiative to
establish an Academic
Special Interest Group
The IfA Registered
Organisations Committee is
keen to encourage
registration of all historic
I would like to explain the background and rationale of these developments
The IfA is a professional organisation for all archaeologists and others involved in protecting and understanding the historic environment
Through its Registered Organisations scheme the IfA improves employment practices and raises standards of work
When the IfA was established in 1982 as the Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA) the proportion of academics amongst its membership was much higher than it is today. These academics played a major role in the founding and early development of the IfA. Many of the original members from the higher education sector remain in membership, but over the intervening years the Institute has by and far largely failed to attract the succeeding generations of university staff
Around 10% of the archaeological
workforce is employed in
education and research by
Less than 5% of the IfA’s 2,800 current members are employed in such a capacity by Universities (Students make up an additional 7.5% of membership)
The immediate challenge the IFA faced at its founding was the development of commercial archaeology with the many challenges it brought. As a result the IFA focused on this sector by developing standards and creating an environment to ensure they were adhered to. Inevitably this came at the expense of priorities of other archaeology sectors
It was never the intention of the IfA to neglect the challenge of other archaeological sectors
Institute for Archaeologists
a professional institute for the study and care of the historic environment
It is in this context that the IfA wishes to become more relevant to the academic community engaged in the historic environment and to serve it
both the academic community
and the IfA to work together
to play in the development of the profession
The IfA would like to engage with the academic community, both universities and learned societies. This engagement can take a range of forms
There are two vehicles through which an academic agenda can be advanced through the IfA
Registered educational organisations have improved access to and a more central position within the wider profession. Registration helps institutions keep abreast of developments within the historic environment, strengthen links between the academic and commercial worlds and demonstrate commitment to professional standards. Access to employers across the sector is a strong selling point with potential students
you to join as members
and for your organisation to register as an educational Registered Organisation