Research and Impact Group

AGM 2023

Join other group members at Research and Impact Group's (RIG) annual general meeting, which starts at 7pm on Monday 2 October. AGMs are open to all group members and are where we go over this year's successes and layout our plans for the next.
This year we also have nomination open for the following roles; Secretary, Treasurer and three ordinary committee members. To stand for a committee role, please fill out a nomination form and send it to Meg at groups [at] by 22 September. If you have any questions about volunteering on a group committee, please get in touch!

What is the purpose of the Research and Impact group?

The group provides a platform to inspire and support archaeological research across the commercial, academic and community sectors. It acts as a forum for collaboration, discussion and information exchange where pure and applied research interests naturally coalesce.
We seek to promote and highlight good practice to ensure that datasets are collected and analysed within the context of secure research frameworks to ensure that the results can withstand rigorous peer-review.


The aims of the group are:

  • promote high quality archaeological research, standards and good practice whatever the scale and nature of intervention within the historic environment.
  • encourage and support the formulation of research agendas to underpin standards and good practice.
  • encourage dissemination of research findings in formats appropriate to individual projects, that creates maximum impact both within the historic environment sector and where appropriate, wider social, economic and political spheres.
  • encourage writing and publication as a vehicle to personal and professional development and career progression.
  • create collaborative networks between professional, academic and community-led archaeologists.
  • facilitate the dissemination of information regarding research funding and project opportunities.

Who can join the group?

Everyone is welcome to join the Research and Impact Special Interest Group. It is specifically relevant to those interested in contributing to research and theoretical archaeology.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members through the Members area login. Those who are not members of the institute will need to pay an annual £10 fee and can join here

Twitter: follow @CIfA_RIG on twitter
Facebook: like our group's page on Facebook


Evelyne Godfrey (Chair)
Colin Forrestal (Coopted Secretary)
Katerina Vavaliou
John Halsted
Marianne Moedlinger

Please note this group has a vacancy for a volunteer treasurer, secretary and ordinary committee members. If you would like to stand for the role, please have a read of the role descriptions below and get in touch with Megan groups [at]
Secretary role description (PDF)
Treasurer role description (PDF)
Committee member role description (PDF)

Specialist competence matrix

The specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in Academia and research.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • The 2020 AGM took place morning of 10 June Online. Andrea Burgess stood down from the committee and Evelyne Godfrey joined the committee and Jane Evans, Dana Goodburn-Brown and David Petts were co-opted on as ordinary committee members, James Alborne took the role of Treasurer for the group.

Three-year plan

Coming soon

AGM minutes

Coming soon

Committee minutes

Coming soon