Quality Assurance

For over 20 years, ULAS has established a considerable reputation for providing clients with a quality assured professional archaeological service that meets the highest standards in archaeology and health and safety.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

CIfa-logo.jpgULAS is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Our work is conducted in line with the Institute’s guidelines and our methodology and approach seeks to exceed the standards set out in the CIfA’s ‘Code of Conduct’. Many of our team are also Accredited individual members at Practitioner (PCIfA), Associate (ACIfA) or Member (MCIfA) level. This means that they have undergone a process of peer validation to determine their competence.

ULAS has a CIfA recognised work-placement training programme in commercial field archaeology which has been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Archaeological Practice. It provides the work placement holder with training in key skills relevant to below ground and built heritage investigation and recording. This training will prepare the work placement holder for future work in the sector, and will deliver appropriate archaeological skills and competence to Practitioner level with CIfA.

  • The post is currently held by Naomi Cooper, an undergraduate student at the University of Winchester undertaking a BSc in Archaeological Practice with Professional Placement.

Investors in People

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Our fieldwork team all have:

  • TQUK Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
  • CSCS: Construction Related Occupation certification
  • S.P.A Passport (Core Day & Mineral Products) certification

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Testimonials

Housing

Most authorities are placing more and more stringent criteria on development schemes with regards to archaeology. University of Leicester Archaeology Services has aided enormously in dealing with this criteria in an efficient and effective manner. The contacts they have with these authorities has also helped make communications and approvals flow quickly when a development may require it.

Luke Simmons, Persimmon Homes

It is a near-perfect example of how a straightforward modern excavation monograph should be presented....the nature of the sites considered are of great significance to our current understanding of Iron Age settlement processes in England.

Ann Woodward, The Prehistoric Society Book Review, 20

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Infrastructure

We engaged the University of Leicester Archaeological Services to provide archaeology and cultural heritage assessments for two of our major Surface Mine developments in Leicestershire. The work was dealt with both efficiently and effectively and their knowledge, quality of advice, fieldwork and professionalism proved to be invaluable throughout the planning process. I would be very happy to use ULAS again in the future

Anton Fix, Area Planning Manager, UK COAL Surface Mines Ltd

 

Assessment

The detailed desk top archaeological study, produced by ULAS, formed an integral part of our applications and ensured that we received the necessary approvals promptly, and without onerous conditions placed upon us.

Peter Chown, Architect/Urban Designer Canal and River Trust

 

Site Assessment & Management

ULAS were extremely professional and flexible in meeting our needs, providing advice and working closely with us.....and provided follow up support that was greatly appreciated.

Sarah Jackson, AONB Manager, Mendip Hills AONB Unit


Site Survey and Analysis

The Archaeological Walkover Survey....undertaken was most informative and interesting, and helped us to understand the archaeological remains on the site, in particular the Iron Age promontory hillfort.The interpreted LiDAR data from ULAS  painted a clear 3 dimensional picture of the earthworks, clearly resolving their origins and helping us to interpret the site more fully.

Dave Edgcombe  North Devon AONB Project Officer


Organisational Performance

[ULAS should be commended for the ] knowledge and commitment of staff who appear to work very well as a team, fit for purpose and efficient systems and procedures (especially the project management database), commitment to community engagement and outreach, overall professionalism and commitment to the profession, depth of local knowledge, communication across the organisation and  overall quality of work

Institute for Archaeologists, 2012

 

The strong commitment to the training and development of people. The way in which they develop and grow people to make best use of their skills and knowledge and the way in which people share their skills, knowledge and experience with each other. The way in which they have developed and continue to develop the very effective teamwork demonstrated by an extremely committed and loyal team. The very healthy and supportive teamwork demonstrated by the team and their commitment to ensuring that the business continues to grow in a professional way. The way that they ensure that people feel valued for the contribution they make to the business. The effectiveness of the communication delivered at the staff meetings and in the Newsletters. The hugely supportive approach to all team members demonstrated by the directors and managers and the fact that they “care” about the people they employ. The mutual trust, support and respect shown throughout the business at all levels. The strong emphasis they put on ensuring the Health & Safety of their staff.

EMD Excellence

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Why do I need an archaeologist?

This short guide helps explain the role of archaeology in the planning process, the stages involved, and some of the terms you may come across.

 

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Contact Us

For a friendly discussion on any aspect of how we may help you with archaeological work please call or email.

Tel: 0116 252 2848

Email: ulas@le.ac.uk

Archaeological Services (ULAS), University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH.