Outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research
The Department of Classics and Ancient History is one of the very best in the UK, and internationally, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We were ranked joint second in the last national research evaluation (REF2014) in terms of the quality of our work (by grade point average), and joint first in terms of the quality of our research environment.
The Department delivers very high levels of overall student satisfaction (96% in the last National Student Survey). In student-facing guides and league tables we are regularly ranked among the top three Classics departments in the UK.
The three posts advertised in the 2017/18 recruitment campaign are part of a more general programme of expansion and investment in the Department of Classics and Ancient History by Durham University.
With our new appointments, we aim to complement existing areas and/or develop new areas of research excellence in the department. We have a long tradition of excellence in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy. Three interdisciplinary research centres are based in the Department: the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, and the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. In addition to these established areas of strength, we are interested in developing collaborations with other cross-departmental research initiatives: for example, visual arts and culture, medical humanities, and digital humanities.
We are committed to widening participation, to rigorous training in the classical languages (also, and importantly, ab initio) and to ensuring that the study of ancient Greece and Rome informs, and is informed by, the study of other ancient cultures and later, modern ones.
We are ranked joint first in the last national research evaluation (REF2014) in terms of the quality of our research environment and joint second in terms of the quality of our work (by grade point average)
We are currently recruiting to three positions: an Assistant Professorship in Ancient History, an Assistant Professorship in Classics (Open Specialism) and an Associate or Full Professorship in Classics (Open Field). We hope, in the course of this campaign, to appoint in the areas of Greek History and/or the material culture of the ancient Greek world, at junior and/or senior level.
We also hope that candidates will be able and willing to contribute to the teaching of Greek and Latin at all levels: we are proud of the linguistic training we offer to our students, including ab initio learning of Greek, Latin, and Akkadian, and would find it helpful if new colleagues contributed to our language teaching.
More importantly, however, candidates should demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, and an ability to make a distinctive and significant contribution to the intellectual life of the Department. We have long maintained that the quality of a candidate as a researcher and teacher is more important than her/his area of specialisation.
We have a long tradition of excellence in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy. Three interdisciplinary research centres are based in the Department: the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, and the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.
In addition to these established areas of strength, we are interested in developing collaborations with other cross-departmental research initiatives: for example, visual arts and culture, medical humanities, and digital humanities.
It is our belief, and our practice, that the study of ancient Greece and Rome should inform, and in turn be informed by, research on other ancient cultures, and on later, modern ones.
We also believe that the study of ancient Greece and Rome benefits from as wide a variety of perspectives as possible. Our commitment to cutting-edge, innovative research and, simultaneously, to widening participations is underpinned by this belief.
We are committed to attracting outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and have an excellent track record in this regard.
We have a high success rate in securing research fellowships at other institutions and in bringing external collaborators to Durham through the fellowship schemes supported our IAS.
We are also committed to developing large-scale research projects such as the ERC-funded Living Poets: A New Approach to Ancient Poetry https://livingpoets.dur.ac.uk.
We run externally funded projects aimed at widening participation: e.g. an AHRC Public Engagement Fellowship, a British Academy project supporting Diogenes for mobile phones; and a Classics for All grant for research-led work in primary schools.
Candidates will have individual offices, with networked computers, in a beautiful building at the heart of the historic city of Durham, which also offers space to our doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. They will benefit from a Departmental Library that has recently been refurbished and better stocked as a result of a large private donation.
The extensive subject-specific collection in the University Library is supplemented by an efficient system for inter-library loans and a generous budget for ordering new books. An individual research allowance facilitates travel to other institutions, archaeological sites, libraries, and archives.
The Department is home to seven Professors, six Associate Professors, seven Assistant Professors, and five Postdoctoral Fellows, as well as several temporary members of staff. Our most recent appointments are Serafina Cuomo, Andrea Capra, Erica Bexley, and Nathan Gilbert: they will join the Department in the period between September and December 2017.
More information about other members of staff can be found here: durham.ac.uk/classics/staff.