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1 The Universities View from the Battlements Robert Van de Noort Subject Committee for Archaeology (SCFA)

2 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

3 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

4 Introduction (I) 40 HEIs teach archaeology/heritage 40 HEIs teach archaeology/heritage 26 research active departments with over 500 active researchers26 research active departments with over 500 active researchers 600 new undergraduate entrants600 new undergraduate entrants Over 3000 students at all levels including International studentsOver 3000 students at all levels including International students

5 Introduction (II) Funding for teaching: £5,136 (HEFC(E) T-grant for C band students) £3,290 top-up fees £8,426Funding for teaching: £5,136 (HEFC(E) T-grant for C band students) £3,290 top-up fees £8,426 International students = c £12,000/yearInternational students = c £12,000/year HEFCE Q-R for research = c. £15,000/academicHEFCE Q-R for research = c. £15,000/academic Plus grant income from Research Councils, charities (e.g. Welcome and Leverhulme Trust), and other sources including consultancyPlus grant income from Research Councils, charities (e.g. Welcome and Leverhulme Trust), and other sources including consultancy

6 Introduction (III) Total income (all estimated): £17.5 m for Home/EU students 12.5 m for International students 7.5 m for research (Q-R) 20.0 m research income (all sources) £57.5 m TOTALTotal income (all estimated): £17.5 m for Home/EU students 12.5 m for International students 7.5 m for research (Q-R) 20.0 m research income (all sources) £57.5 m TOTAL

7 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

8 Changes in funding : Real-term 4% reduction in HEFCE T-grant (following a 3.5% reduction in ) Real-term 4% reduction in HEFCE T-grant (following a 3.5% reduction in ) Real-term 3% reduction in Q-R Real-term 3% reduction in Q-R real-term 3% reduction in research council grantsreal-term 3% reduction in research council grants Limits to the number of international students imposed by UKBA on behalf of the UK GovernmentLimits to the number of international students imposed by UKBA on behalf of the UK Government

9 Changes in funding 2012-onwards Student fee between £6,000 and £9,000 Student fee between £6,000 and £9,000 Real-term 3% reduction in Q-R Real-term 3% reduction in Q-R Real-term 3% reduction in research council grants Real-term 3% reduction in research council grants Limits to the number of international students Limits to the number of international students

10 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

11 Implications for archaeology departments (I) £9,000 student fee - £ 900 widening participation (WP) premium £8,100 income per student/year = a reduction of £326 student/year£9,000 student fee - £ 900 widening participation (WP) premium £8,100 income per student/year = a reduction of £326 student/year current cost of teaching = £7,827 student/year (source: TRAC T SubjectFACTS ) current cost of teaching = £7,827 student/year (source: TRAC T SubjectFACTS )

12 Implications for archaeology departments (II) combined effect of HEFCE T & R reductions, reduction of grants from research councils and UKBA impact on international students: 10% loss in real terms by 2014 combined effect of HEFCE T & R reductions, reduction of grants from research councils and UKBA impact on international students: 10% loss in real terms by 2014

13 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

14 Challenges Student expectation: 3 times more fees but not 3 times more funds for teachingStudent expectation: 3 times more fees but not 3 times more funds for teaching Employability of Archaeology students: c. 15% below competitor subjects (e.g. History, Classics, Geography)Employability of Archaeology students: c. 15% below competitor subjects (e.g. History, Classics, Geography) A –levels; c. 50 tariff points below competitor subjectsA –levels; c. 50 tariff points below competitor subjects Masters programmes and the absence of fundingMasters programmes and the absence of funding Student numbersStudent numbers Relative high cost of the Archaeology degreeRelative high cost of the Archaeology degree

15 Student application to Archaeology (UCAS)

16 Subject Cost of teaching (from TRAC) New fees after WP deduction Surplus potential History/ Classics £5,503£8,100£2,597 Business studies £5,530£8,100£2,570 Geography£6,135£8,100£1,965 Archaeology£7,827£8,100£273 Cost of Archaeology degree and surplus potential

17 Opportunities (I) Archaeologys International reputation and the (de- )value of the £Archaeologys International reputation and the (de- )value of the £ Progressive nature of the new fees structure (student loans are a salary sacrifice, not a debt)Progressive nature of the new fees structure (student loans are a salary sacrifice, not a debt) Universities (through SCFA and the CBA) to work more actively with A-Level Archaeology providersUniversities (through SCFA and the CBA) to work more actively with A-Level Archaeology providers

18 Opportunities (II) Emerging alignment of:Emerging alignment of: Knowledge transfer/exchange activityKnowledge transfer/exchange activity Research Excellence Frameworks impact agendaResearch Excellence Frameworks impact agenda Planning Policy Statement 5/National Heritage Planning FrameworkPlanning Policy Statement 5/National Heritage Planning Framework... which should lead to closer research collaboration in the sector and a reinvigoration in the publics interest in archaeology (cf Southport Group report)... which should lead to closer research collaboration in the sector and a reinvigoration in the publics interest in archaeology (cf Southport Group report)

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20 Outline: IntroductionIntroduction Changes in fundingChanges in funding Implications for Archaeology DepartmentsImplications for Archaeology Departments Opportunities and challengesOpportunities and challenges ConclusionsConclusions

21 Conclusions To date, the HE environment has been (relatively) protected from the economic downturnTo date, the HE environment has been (relatively) protected from the economic downturn Rapid and far-reaching changes will follow the withdrawal of public funds for Archaeology education at HEIsRapid and far-reaching changes will follow the withdrawal of public funds for Archaeology education at HEIs Research collaboration and (re-)engagement of the wider public will provide opportunities for growthResearch collaboration and (re-)engagement of the wider public will provide opportunities for growth


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