In my last few posts I have looked at how long it takes between a PhD and an Academic Job both overall and by decade. As part of that same dataset I also collected information on where academic archaeologists got their degrees from. This happened to be a lot easier to obtain then details on when and I got the degree grant institute for 333 out of 442 academic archaeologist in the UK.
|Birkbeck, University of London||1||0.3%|
|University of Birmingham||5||1.5%|
|University of Bradford||14||4.2%|
|University of Bristol||5||1.5%|
|University of Wales College of Cardiff||5||1.5%|
|University of Edinburgh||13||3.9%|
|University of Exeter||2||0.6%|
|University of Glasgow||10||3.0%|
|University of Central Lancashire||1||0.3%|
|University of Leicester||9||2.7%|
|University of Liverpool||3||0.9%|
|University of Manchester||3||0.9%|
|University of Newcastle upon Tyne||5||1.5%|
|University of Nottingham||2||0.6%|
|Queens University Belfast||2||0.6%|
|University of Reading||9||2.7%|
|University of Sheffield||21||6.3%|
|University of Southampton||17||5.1%|
|University College London||36||10.8%|
|University of York||7||2.1%|
The interesting part is that around 14% of staff got their degrees from non-UK Universities. I really wonder if this is reciprocal and the UK exports an equal number of academics or if they import more then they export. Either way I am pretty sure the British National Party (BNP) is not happy about (for you not from the UK the BNP is a fascists party against any sort of immigration).
As you can see there are some universities that produce a huge percentage of the academics in the UK. This gives these universities a bit of a strangle hold on academic thought in the UK. Not saying that archaeologists can’t think for themselves but most people are a product of their environments. A well placed idea in one of the top institutes (Cambridge, UCL, etc.) could potentially spread throughout the UK academic world and be reproduced at a new location. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm didn’t Ian Hodder and Post-Prosessual theory, that currently dominates UK academic archaeology, come out of Cambridge? Didn’t Danial Miller work at UCL which provides 10% of academics. Also, didn’t Chris Tilley study at Cambridge (as did Michael Shanks) and then teach at UCL. Wasn’t Peter Ucko the head of UCL. Hhhhhhhmmmmmm.
No, I am not implying that Post-Prosessual thought only came to dominate because Ian Hodder and the other prominent post-prosessualists were at the Universities that provided 30% of all academic archaeologists. That degrades the work of these archaeologists to implied innuendos of which I have no proof. However, I would wonder if it ever would have gotten so far if lets say they had all taught at the Open University; now that would be an experiment in time travel.