The Campaign to Save British Archaeology welcomes the reversal of the proposed funding cuts to archaeology courses.
University archaeology courses had previously been included in the list of subjects facing a 50% cut in the subsidy for higher-cost arts subjects. However, this decision has now been reversed.
However, a letter (dated 19th July 2021) from Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, to the Office for Students states that "considered the consultation responses and the issues they highlighted, I have concluded that archaeology should be included within the OfS’s Price Group C1.1 subject list".
As a result, Archaeology is classed alongside Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology; Clinical Dentistry, Dental Hygiene and Therapy; Clinical Medicine; Engineering subjects; Information Technology; Nursing and allied health professions (pre-registration courses); Sciences (Agriculture; Forestry and Food Science; Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences; Biosciences, Chemistry, Physics); and Veterinary Science - subjects which the letter describes as important to supporting "key industries and the delivery of vital public services".