Online Induction - Message from the Head of School


Professor Christopher Bronk Ramsey

Welcome to the School of Archaeology - I am delighted that you will be joining us.  The School has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research, and this stems entirely from the dedication and vision of the people who work here, and on their close collaboration. I very much look forward to working with you, and meeting with you over coffee, at seminars and in social events.  I hope you will enjoy being part of our community.

Our research and teaching are focussed on some of the most fundamental intellectual questions about what it is to be human, how we interact with the world around us, and how the environment is changing.  For many of these questions, the time-depth provided by Archaeology is essential to provide a broad context.  Our approach is inherently interdisciplinary drawing on the natural and social sciences, and history.

Oxford provides an ideal environment for what we do with the University’s world-class museums and other academic departments, with which we work closely.  We aim to support researchers at all levels, from early career to retirement, through mentoring and collaborations between senior and junior staff. In 2022 we were awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises our commitment to advancing both gender and intersectional equality within the School. 

This induction provides insights into different aspects of the School and the University including: a brief introduction to the School’s governance structure, our research and teaching programmes, key University policies and staff services and benefits. Oxford’s organisation is complicated and so I’m sure we can’t entirely explain how the University works in a few brief web pages, but we aim to provide you with useful signposts to the information and key contacts that you will be able to return to throughout your career here. We will also highlight some of the key benefits Oxford can offer you personally, as well as show you where and how to get help when you need it.