As former Head of Department it’s great to see how the department has grown and flourished. Winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education is the greatest honour that can be bestowed on any academic department, and is a great tribute to the achievements of all staff and students. I still get a buzz from sharing my enthusiasm for my love of archaeology with students.
It is a great privilege to be able to work in some of the oldest standing buildings in York, in The King’s Manor, in the centre of such a beautiful historic city, and just a stone’s throw from my favourite church, York Minster.
The Department has grown tremendously from when I first joined, when I was only one of 5 staff members with around a dozen students. We now have over 60 people employed by the Department, with over 300 undergraduates and 100 graduate students. Nonetheless we have managed to retain a small community feel.
If you are interested in history and people then Archaeology is a fantastic degree, whatever career you eventually choose. I originally intended to study History at University, but switching to Archaeology was one of the best decisions I ever made.