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NVQ in Archaeological Practice

If you are interested in a career in Archaeology a route into the profession is through a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). The qualification enables archaeologists to demonstrate that they have particular sets of skills, competencies or experience which will be of benefit when applying for jobs. It also provides a means of accrediting informal training […]

Policy paper on citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal Brexit

The Government has released a policy paper on what would happen to citizens’ rights in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, both for EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. Given that what will happen is still unknown, even the timeline for deciding that, all archaeology […]

FAME to work with partners on bullying and harassment in archaeology

The UK workplace is coming to terms with issues around equality and diversity. It is clear that the archaeology profession and business also needs to address these challenges. Most of FAME’s members already have policies to address many of these issues. Most senior managers are fully supportive. But we call on our members to redouble […]

Call for Papers for the CIfA Conference

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the professional body for UK archaeologists, has put out a call for their annual conference: Hosted at the Royal Armouries Museum, our 2019 annual conference event will be packed with sessions, training and networking opportunities. Our usual three-day conference programme includes papers, seminars and activities that aim to provide a […]

New FAME advice on PC role

Once again some clients have been putting pressure on archaeologists to act in the role of Principal Contractor. The HSE provided guidance on this back in 2015, and FAME have again sought their advice. This confirms that the PC role is not required where archaeological works are undertaken separately from construction, and where they are […]

FAME’s New Mission Statement

FAME’s board, after consulting with members has decided upon a mission statement to reflect the purpose of the organisation: To strive for a business environment where archaeological organizations can operate safely and sustainably, the well-being of employees is prioritised and archaeologists feel empowered to build careers and expertise, so that collectively we can conserve and […]

Archaeology subsistence payments and tax

Several members report that HMRC are now getting tough regarding staff subsistence payments and tax. It has been standard in archaeology for overnight payments (commonly £15 per night) to be made to staff without the need to collect receipts, and for these not to be subject to tax and NI. The dispensation that allowed for […]

Useful Information for non UK citizens working in UK archaeology

Non UK workers are a vital part of the archaeological workforce. FAME members Headland Archaeology are sharing some useful guidance designed to clarify the current position for foreign workers looking to work in UK archaeology. This is based on the latest UK government advice but we can only vouch for its accuracy as of today. We will try […]

New Deputy CEO at FAME

We welcome Doug Rocks-Macqueen to the new post of Deputy CEO at FAME. Many of you will have caught Doug’s presentation on ‘Peak Archaeology’ at the FAME Forum in June and he is currently Director of Analysis, Research and Technology at Landward Research Ltd. Doug brings significant experience of UK archaeology at a sector/policy level, […]

Contracts/Procurement CPD

The online magazine BUILDING provides very useful CPD to the construction sector -and sometimes this has some valuable cross-over with archaeology. One of their latest courses, CPD12 2018: Joint Contracts Tribunal, provides a very useful guide to the forms of contract that are frequently used to procure archaeology. You’ll need some background in this already […]

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