Reviewers praised the Department of Archaeology for its very good research activities and its excellent postgraduate research environment
The reviewers judged research publication in UCC Archaeology ‘to be very good in terms of both quality and quantity’, and that ‘the research interests of the staff are commendably broad’. They identified the main strengths as ‘a mixture of research and teaching activities, with emphasis on the cross-fertilization of teaching and research, the training of students for professional careers, and engagement with the public at local and state level. Staff in the Department place particular value on situating their research before a wider public, as well as engagement with archaeology professionals in Ireland.’
The panel also noted that ‘the level of research income is impressive over the review period, at over €3.5 million (excluding consultancy).’ This income generation and research output was achieved during a five-year period of economic recession in Ireland, when there was financial stringency across the higher education sector.
The Department was commended for ‘its attention to postgraduate education and development, where in spite of its relatively limited resources, it has continued to attract a significant number of postgraduates at both Masters and PhD level. Performance under this research activity is excellent, with good evidence for a vibrant postdoctoral community.’
The panel observed that ‘given the small size of the Department in staff terms, its relatively large number of research students, and its long list of fieldwork activities, is most commendable. The engagement with the local community through the archaeology of Cork and of Munster was also commended.’
The reviewers concluded that research in the Department of Archaeology is of a very good standard in international terms.
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