Sheffield Archaeology successes: 2015-16 recap

This summer we’re taking the opportunity to look back at the past year and reflect on what we’ve achieved. This week, a look at some of the Sheffield Archaeology achievements we’re most proud of as a department.

QS World University Rankings

Following the publication of the QS World University Rankings we were delighted to be among the top Archaeology departments world wide – we are ranked 13th in the world!

QS World University Rankings® are the most widely read University comparison of their kind. First published in 2004, the ranking highlights more than 800 of the top Universities in the world, based on six key performance indicators. This is the first year that Archaeology has been ranked as a subject category.

National Student Survey 2015 - Sheffield Archaeology tops the results

The NSS is an annual event administered by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and asks nearly half a million final year university students about their experiences on their course.

This year we were very pleased to announce that the Department of Archaeology scored a fantastic 100% in the Overall Satisfaction category, with all of our respondent students stating they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their course.

Department of Archaeology achieves Bronze Award in Gender Equality Charter Mark

Congratulations go to the Department of Archaeology gender quality charter mark panel​ for achieving a Bronze Award in the Equality Challenge Unit's Gender Equality Charter Mark.

The Gender Equality Charter Mark is based upon the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and aims to address gender inequality and underrepresentation in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Sheffield Archaeology at the SAA

Staff and students from the Archaeology Department at the University of Sheffield attended North America’s premier Archaeology conference, the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, Florida from 6th - 10th April 2016.

Sheffield Archaeology Department had a stand in the exhibit hall throughout the conference. Visitors to our stand learned more about our world-leading research, our extensive fieldwork opportunities and public engagement activities and had the opportunity to discuss our innovative postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes.

Ongoing success for archaeology short courses

The Department of Archaeology runs a range of short-courses open to the public and academics alike on specialisms within archaeology.

This September saw the tenth edition of the Understanding Zooarchaeology short course, which was joined by the first running of the collaborative short course Exploring Palaeoenviroments.

Welcome to new staff:

Dr Michael Wallace was appointed Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Early Agriculture in March, a post funded through an alumni donation and Vice-Chancellor's fund. Michael will be working on exploring the movement of crops across prehistoric Europe, using a new morphometrics-based approach to archaeobotany.

Dr Louise Iles joined us as a Leverhulme post-doctoral research fellow. Her project is entitled 'The spread of iron metallurgy through the Old World: a new approach'.

Dr Catherine Longford joined the ERC-funded project ADAPT: Life in a cold climate: the adaptation of cereals to new environments and the establishment of agriculture in Europe.

Dr Marta Tenconi joined the department as a Marie Curie Intra-European postdoctoral Fellow, working on her project ‘Transport jars and commodity exchange in the Late Bronze Age Argolid: Tiryns and Midea’.

Dr Efi Nikita will join the department as a Marie Curie Intra-European postdoctoral Fellow in August. She’ll be working on a project entitled 'Humanizing Antiquity: biocultural approaches to identity formation in Ancient Boeotia, central Greece'.

Dr Katherine Fennelly brought her enthusiasm and dedication to the department as a Teaching Associate in Landscape Archaeology this past year and we’re thrilled that she has been appointed for another year.

Dr Petra Verlinden has been appointed to the post of Demonstrator in Human Osteology, in addition to her role as Project Officer curating the Coronation Street skeletal collection.

And congratulations:

Dr Chiara Corbino, currently a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the department, has won a junior fellowship starting in January 2017 (until July 2017) at The Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg "History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)" in Bonn.

Dr Lizzie Wright, who is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the Norton Priory project, will be working as a zooarchaeologist for Northern Archaeological Associates. She will be busy studying faunal material from recent excavations at Catterick Roman town, an associated Roman cemetery and an early Roman settlement at Scotch Corner.