Save Sheffield Archaeology Resources
ONLINE RALLY - 11am, Friday 9th July 2021
Join us online on the 9th of July to support our fight to save the Arts and Humanities and bring back The University of Sheffield to the people who care for it: its students, staff and the City of Sheffield. It is time to say no to the small group of managers who think a University is a disposable commodity and want to dictate their own agendas without listening and without caring for the people and broader communities they affect. It is time to stop this cultural vandalism.
To join us, please watch the livestream via Facebook (account not required), where you will be able to write comments and messages of support during the stream. A link to the event is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/564940234502390/
URGENT UPDATE - Decision by the University Executive Board to close the department
On the 26th of May staff and students were separately emailed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Gill Valentine, informing them that the UEB had made the decision to recommend closing the department and retaining certain areas of research and teaching, including cultural heritage and osteoarchaeology, by moving them elsewhere in the University. The proposal will be considered by University Senate on 23 June before a final decision is taken by University Council on 12 July.
Obviously this is a devastating outcome of an exhausting process. Rest assured, however, that the campaign will not end here. Please keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for further updates.
What is going on with archaeology at the University of Sheffield?
Why should I care?
How can I help?
- Email the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board.
Urge the board to rethink this, choose option A, and support the future of archaeology. You can take inspiration from or modify the following letter template, but please do add your personal experience of the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NlbHMCpuYkdXE0DIumbDi20lUK-NDx_D0z000atPfPM/ .
Feel free to write in languages other than English! One of the reasons that make Sheffield such a special place is the connections it fosters all over the globe, and the international support we've received already means the world to us (pun intended).
Please cc in the department so we can keep track of letters and show them to the University Senate: email@example.com
- Sign the petition.
A petition is available on Change.org - find it here.
- Kick up a fuss on social media - spread the word.
You can use the QR code for this website at the bottom of this page to make posters, stickers etc.
- Keep an eye out for updates.
- Support other colleagues in trouble!
Unfortunately, Sheffield is not the only archaeology department in trouble: colleagues and friends at the University of Worcester are facing compulsory redundancies. While the archaeology department of the University of Leicester specifically is safe, other departments are at risk. The fight at Sheffield is part of a wider context in which archaeology and heritage throughout the UK are at risk, especially at universities which prioritise high student numbers at the cost of all else. Read up and support our colleagues everywhere!
Petition to save Worcester Archaeology: https://bit.ly/3lRsNqt
Information regarding the global boycott of the University of Leicester: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/11533/Global-boycott-of-University-of-Leicester-begins-today
Thank you for your support!
There are tough days ahead, but the fight's not over yet - the board makes its decision on 25th of May, and we'll keep going for as long as it takes.