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The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield has been under review and, at a meeting on 19 May 2021, the university told the staff that there were three possible outcomes:
(A) support and invest in the department to ensure the future of archaeology at Sheffield
(B) discontinue archaeology as a subject at Sheffield and make all the staff redundant
(C) discontinue archaeology as a department, but retain aspects of archaeological research and education (human osteology and cultural heritage), and make remaining staff redundant.
The perception is that (A) is not the university's preferred option, which is devastating news for the whole department. The University Executive Board will be making its decision on Tuesday 25 May.
If you would like to show your support for the staff and students at the department, and add your voice to the call for messages of solidarity, the department is asking people to email:
requesting that the UEB does vote in favour of option A, based on the reputation of the department at Sheffield, and the importance of its contribution across all sectors of archaeology and osteology, at local, national and international scales.
Please include firstname.lastname@example.org in your response, so that the department can keep track of the level of support. See also the following links:
See below for the AEA's formal response.