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 (97.46% 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.
Our Strategic Vision
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.
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