Following AQA’s announcement that Anthropology A-Level will not continue after the current batch of students complete, Anthropology teachers, students and the RAI ask you to show your support for the subject by joining the online petition here:


Anthropology is a discipline that can offer deep insights into understanding many of the problems currently faced by the UK and the world. The many passionate comments by A-Level students on the petition show they feel the same.

The campaign has been supported by the following organisations:

  • WCAA World Council of Anthropological Associations
  • IUAES International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
  • EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • RAI Royal Anthropological Institute
  • AAA American Anthropological Association
  • ASA Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth
  • AAS Australian Anthropological Society
  • NZASA New Zealand Association of Social Anthropologists

Dr Gillian Tett is supporting the campaign and tweeted: “Sad to see that the UK is trying to cut anthropology at school. Now, more than ever. we need to promote understanding of other cultures!”

Sir Antony Gormley signed the petition as follows: “Studying Anthropology allowed me to understand the culture that I was born into and allowed me to see the diversity of human societies and the infinite subtlety of thought and structure that informs them. In a globalized world anthropology gives us the core skills to understand others and realize our own otherness.