PhD The University of Exeter 2006-2009
Title – The Value of Community Archaeology: A Comparative Assessment of the US and UK,
Supervisor: Professor Alan Outram and Professor Mike Aston. Examiners: Dr Oliver Creighton, Don Henson. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
MA University College London 2002 -2003
MA in Public Archaeology. Dissertation –The Politics of the Anglo-Saxon Myth.
BA The University of Sheffield 1999-2002
BA (Hons) Archaeology and Prehistory. Dissertation –Anglo Saxon Body Positions in Southern England.
PGCAP Manchester Metropolitan University 2011-2012
2009-2010: Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Exeter
2009-2010: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Chester
2005-2010: Archaeologist and Finds Specialist, Time Team; Channel Four
2006-2010: Community Archaeology Consultant, Nexus Heritage/ Gifford/ Dig International/ SRI
2003-2006: Community Archaeologist/Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Assistant Programme Leader
Academic Enterprise Leader
F. Sayer (2019). Public History A Practical Guide. Bloomsbury Publishing.
M. Dolski, F. Sayer (2017). Histories on Screen: The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and Television. SR. Edwards. Bloomsbury Academic.
F. Sayer (2015). Public History A Practical Guide. Bloomsbury Publishing.
FA. Simpson (2010). The Values of Community Archaeology. British Archaeological Reports Limited.
F. Sayer (2015). Can digging make you happy? Archaeological excavations, happiness and heritage. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. 7(3), pp.247-260.
F. Sayer (2014). Politics and the Development of Community Archaeology in the UK. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice. 5(1), pp.55-73.
F. Simpson, H. Williams (2008). Evaluating Community Archaeology in the UK. Public Archaeology. 7(2), pp.69-90.
F. Simpson (2008). Community Archaeology Under Scrutiny. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. 10(1), pp.3-16.
F. Sayer (2018). Understanding Well-Being: A Mechanism for Measuring the Impact of Heritage Practice on Well-Being. In: The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice.
FA. Sayer (2018). The Moving Image as a Secondary Source: Truth, Authenticity and Narrative. In: Histories on Screen The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and Television. Bloomsbury Publishing,
FA. Sayer, D. Sayer (2016). Bones Without Barriers: The Social Impact of Digging the Dead. In: Archaeologists and the Dead. Oxford University Press,
F. Simpson (2012). Shoreditch Park Community Excavation: A Case Study. G. Moshenska, S. Dhanjal. In: Community Archaeology: Themes, Methods and Practices. Oxbow Books Limited,
F. Simpson (2009). Cumwhitton Norse Burial. S. Thomas, PG. Stone. In: Metal Detecting and Archaeology. Boydell Press, pp.137-146.
The Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage
Swedish Current Archaeology
The Archaeologist Journal
The Past Presents Journal
2019 £9854: British Academy Small Grant
2013 £33,000 Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Roots, Oakington
2012 £7000 Higher Education Academy Teaching Grant
£7000 Research Accelerator Grant MMU
£7000 Research Grant MMU
£31,000 Birley Fields Community Heritage Project: Capital Projects Grant (MMU)
£5000 Oakington Outreach Project: MMU Research Grant
2011 £5000 Oakington Community and Research Excavation: Local Council
£3000 Impact Award: Birley Fields
£800 Travel Grant (MMU)
2009 Fox Laurence Fund Award: £500
2008 Bruce Castle Community Excavation: Local Heritage Fund: £9,000
2007 Shoreditch Park: Big Lottery Fund £15,000 (2007) £25,000 (2006)
2019: British Academy Small Research Grant: Heritage and Wellbeing: Creating Healthier Societies Through Heritage. This was derived from the Academy’s partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Chittick Fund and the Albert Reckitt Fund. £9854
AHRC Peer Review College Member
2012 Fellow of Society of Antiquities (FSA)
2012 Member Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (CMIFA)
2011 Fellow in High Education Academy (FHEA)