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Institute of Science and the Environment - open to current undergraduate students in Archaeology & Heritage Studies only

The aims of are project are to:

· enhance artefact teaching collections in Archaeology & Heritage Studies

· develop skills relevant to student employability

· involve students in a live research project

· create student as partners opportunities in Archaeology & Heritage Studies

It will do this through engaging students with artefact archives resulting from the summer training excavation module ARCH2123. 

Selection Process:

Selection methods to include:

• A 5 minute presentation on how you would carry out the project

• Questions from the panel regarding relevant skills and subject knowledge (10 mins)

The selection panel to include two academic staff from the Institute of Science and the Environment.

 In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Monday 29 Jan 2018

Reference number: STU1802 - 3513

Job details

Job details

£8.63 per hour, plus £1.20 holiday pay
56 hours (each post) x 2 posts
February 2018
Responsible to
Dr Jodie Lewis, Course Leader Archaeology & Heritage Studies
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed (early February)

Institute of Science and the Environment

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“The Institute’s acclaimed research has a common thread: our belief that science should be centred around its impact on people”
Liz Davies-Ward, Acting Head of Institute



This proposed project aims also to improve the research skills of students and enhance their employability. Not only will the project deliver a work related learning opportunity but it will also enhance understanding and broaden awareness of different stages of the archaeological research process. Welham in Aitchison and Giles (2006) also argue that work related learning opportunities help students to contextualise the nature of archaeological employment and help them to visualise what career path they may take in the future.

In addition, a recent report by Historic England states that “There is a perception that the co-incident timings of a number of major infrastructure projects in the near/medium term will lead to a shortage of suitably skilled historic environment practitioners, particularly archaeologists, to undertake the exploratory work” (Hook at al 2016, 3) and perhaps more importantly “Significant skills shortages were identified in post-fieldwork analysis; artefact or ecofact conservation and in information technology” (ibid., 24).

The project outlined here will enhance student’s skills in artefact handling, identification and conservation and also database creation and report writing, with tutor support. Transferable skills also include:

· application of IT

· application of numeracy

· communication

· problem solving

· team working

· time management


Main duties

Main duties

Under the direction of the Course Leader:

1. To sort and classify all artefacts from recent training excavations into types (e.g. pottery; animal bone; metalwork; glass; flint) by context

2. To identify and organise appropriate post-excavation treatment (e.g. wrapping in acid-free tissue paper; inclusion of silica gel)

3. To create a record of all finds by context

4. To produce a report, quantifying finds and outlining treatment recommendations, with tutor support

5. To produce a poster on the project for the UW Learning & Teaching Conference 2018

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working


Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Must be a current University of Worcester Archaeology undergraduate student

2. Be able to execute the appropriate work to a strict timescale

3. Have experience in using Microsoft Office applications

4. Be able to work independently and as part of a small team

5. Have the ability to communicate results through verbal, written and visual media to a professional standard

6. Be reliable in terms of attendance


Desirable Criteria

1. Experience of working with artefacts

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at .

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.



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