World Archaeological Congress


Newsletter: Volume 27 April 2009

Contributions to the next WAC Newsletter due 18th May 2009

Archaeologists Without Borders Workshop

Report on the website of the World Archaeological Congress

Archaeologies of Art Podcast Series Launched!

Call for WAC members to nominate Indigenous people

World Archaeological Congress honors Larry Zimmerman

Dr Andree Rosenfeld

Recommendation on ERA Draft Quality Ranking

WAC-6 Media Releases

WAC-6 Closing Ceremony Speech

Portuguese WAC-6 Media Releases

German WAC-6 Media Releases

Spanish WAC-6 Media Releases

Turkish WAC-6 Media Releases

Czech. WAC-6 Media Release on Iran




Senior Lecturer/Reader in Museum Studies

The Institute of Archaeology, UCL ( is recognised as one of the leading academic departments of Archaeology and Heritage not just in the UK but globally.  The Institute is the largest department in its field in the UK, with the largest graduate research community, and the broadest range of coverage, of any UK department, and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of archaeology and related areas of cultural heritage. With a total of 60+ research-active staff pursuing high-quality research across five continents, the Institute is an international pace-setter in all aspects of archaeology and heritage, with renowned strength in museum studies.

We are seeking an exceptional individual with energy and enthusiasm to lead research and teaching in Museum Studies and to become part of a team of 9 academic staff in the general area of Heritage Studies within the Institute, as well as staff in Anthropology and UCL Collections who work closely together. The Institute, together with the Dept of Anthropology and UCL Collections, has recently set up a new Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies to deepen links and to develop innovative interdisciplinary research in these areas. UCL also has partnerships with many London-based museums and has recently been identified as London’s Beacon of Public Engagement.

Our MA in Museum Studies is consistently over-subscribed, attracting extremely able students from the UK and worldwide. Its past students have an excellent history of career progression and many hold senior positions in museums throughout the world. However, we are keen to rise to the challenges presented by the Museums Association’s recent report, The Tomorrow People, in diversifying our student base, and in ensuring that the courses we provide stretch our stretch our our students academically and provide a practical grounding in museum work. The person appointed will thus be encouraged to take a fresh look at Museum Studies and to take advantage of UCL’s unique academic environment to develop new inter-disciplinary collaborations in both teaching and research.

 Candidates must have high-level professional experience within the museum sector, in the UK or abroad, and a proven track record of research (which may be in any related area) and high-quality publications. A demonstrated ability to win research grants or other project funding will be an advantage.

UCL’s high expectations of its academic staff are set out in the document ‘Excellence and the UCL Community’ ( under the headings of Research, Teaching, Enabling and Knowledge Transfer. In particular, the Senior Lecturer/Reader will be expected to make an impact on their field, nationally and internationally, and especially to undertake research that is rated as internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour under the current RAE criteria. 

On the teaching side the main responsibility of the person appointed will be the coordination of the MA Museum Studies degree and teaching on its courses, in addition to supervising PhD students.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To take a leading role in the development of research, teaching and knowledge transfer in Museum Studies at the Institute.
  • To carry out research, including the gaining of outside funding
  • To supervise Masters and PhD students
  • To coordinate the MA Museum Studies degree and teach on its courses
  • To contribute to the delivery of a high quality curriculum
  • To develop learning materials, preparing schemes of work and maintaining records to monitor student progress, achievement and attendance
  • To participate in the development, administration and marking of assessments
  • To provide pastoral care and support to students
  • To contribute to the administration of the Institute of Archaeology as requested
  • To contribute to departmental, faculty, or UCL-wide working groups or committees as requested
  • To maintain own continuing professional development
  • To actively follow and promote UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post


Person specification





Post name:

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Museum  Studies




Institute of Archaeology




Grade 9



Knowledge & experience

PhD in  Museum Studies or a related field




Experience of high-level museum management in the UK or abroad




Proven ability to undertake research of the highest quality




Experience of teaching, supervision or administration at MA level






A strong publication record




Success in gaining funding for research or other museum projects




Excellent command of English, written and oral




Excellent interpersonal and communication




Ability to relate to students from different backgrounds and cultures



Liaison and networking

Ability to exchange information effectively and maintain relationships with internal and external contacts



Teamwork and motivation

Ability to work with other   members of Institute staff 



Initiative and problem solving

Ability to use initiative and creativity to address and solve problems



Planning and Organising Resources

Ability to work under pressure and plan and organise a busy workload with conflicting deadlines



Service delivery

Ability to work within the Institute of Archaeology’s overall procedures and policies.




Ability to understand and work within UCL’s academic regulations



Decision making

Ability to take responsibility for the coordination and teaching required, take independent decisions within the structure of the relevant MA programmes and the Institute of Archaeology’s overall policies and procedures





The salary range is Grade 9 £45,397-£49,606 plus £2649 London Allowance per annum.


Application process

Please submit an application form (downloadable from together with a CV including your academic and employment history, and any additional relevant skills.  Please outline in your covering letter your reasons for applying and why you think you are a strong candidate for the post.

Please include the names and contact details (including email and fax) of at least two referees.  Please indicate whether we can contact your referees without further permission from you.

Applications should be sent (by post or email) to arrive by the specified closing date to:

Clerical Assistant/Recruitment Officer
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
Telephone 0207 6797503

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation on their research and professional experience and interests, past, present and future, and to attend a formal interview.  Both presentation and interview will be held on the same day, soon after the closing date for receipt of applications.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Stephen Shennan, Director, Institute of Archaeology (