Graeme Barker, former Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research until September 2014 has given his thoughts on the recently published REF outcomes.
He said: "The 2014 Research Excellence Framework published in December has confirmed Cambridge as one of the UK's strongest communities of Archaeology researchers. It highlighted Cambridge's tremendously rich research environment for the subject, in which the McDonald Institute plays a crucial role in support of both the academic staff and the large numbers of post-doctoral Research Fellows attracted to Cambridge, both working in all regions of the world, on all periods of the past, and across the humanities/science spectrum of the discipline.
The Cambridge submission, which featured the inclusion of all eligible Archaeology staff as well a roughly equivalent number of post-doctoral research fellows, highlighted the strength of work in the review period (2008-2013) under six themes: Human Behaviour & Evolution; Human Palaeoecology; Human Landscapes; Material Culture & the Body; Urban Society & the State; and Archaeology in the Contemporary World. Our peer-reviewed research grants totalled £15 million compared with £5 million in the previous review period (2002-2007) and our vibrant graduate community obtained over 70 PhDs and 128 Research Masters."
For REF results, please see http://results.ref.ac.uk/