Rachael Murray wins Miller Prize

The School is delighted to announce that Rachael Murray is this year’s winner of the University’s prestigious Miller Prize.  The Miller Prize is awarded to ‘the most distinguished student in the Faculties of Arts and Science who completes their degree during the year’.  For Rachael, the award of the Miller Prize is the culmination of…

Class of 2020 – sharing memories

Professor Rebecca Sweetman invited our new graduates to share photos and memories of their time in the School of Classics. We’re delighted to share these with you today. Congratulations to all our graduates! Powerpoint prepared by Sam Dixon.

Herodotus Helpline

By Professor Tom Harrison, University of St Andrews What is the Herodotus Helpline?  The Helpline is an online seminar series that began in the context of lockdown earlier in 2020. The idea was hatched by myself and Jan Haywood of the Open University. We wrote – rather tentatively – to colleagues suggesting the idea of…

Reading lists for September 2020

Students taking modules run by the School of Classics in 2020-2021 can now access reading lists: If you are joining us for the first time this year, please email classug@st-andrews.ac.uk with the modules you plan to take. Returning students: please download the reading lists from the School’s Student Intranet .

Call for submissions: Quarantine Art Exhibition

My name is Flora Outram and I have just completed my fourth and final year of Classics at St Andrews from my kitchen table in the South of England. I know for a fact that this is not an experience unique to me, and so first of all I would like to send out my…

Class of 2020

First of all let me congratulate you all on the completion of your degree… especially during these extenuating circumstances. You have all been amazing and the quality of the work you have turned in is testament to your hard work and, dare I say, resilience! We are so upset that we cannot celebrate your achievement…

Classics Outreach during COVID

Since mid-March for obvious reasons we’ve not been able to run any face-to-face activities with schools and the rest of the community. But staff and students have kept busy in our outreach activities by switching to online alternatives. One of the School’s most exciting projects is Through a Glass Darkly which aims to digitize our…

Ancient Fluidity at St Andrews

Another event in the same series as our workshop on Classics and Race was a workshop, also organized by Sian Lewis, on Gender Fluidity in the ancient world. This too brought together students and staff to reflect on inclusive teaching practices as well as the latest findings of research. The workshop, part of Transgender Week, aimed to…

Classics and Class on BBC Radio 4

Tom Sutcliffe’s Start the Week (BBC Radio 4) last week bore the title ‘Classics and Class’. Now, Classics and Class was also the name of the research project on which Edith Hall (KCL) and Henry Stead (University of St Andrews) collaborated from 2013. Excitingly, March 2020 saw the publication of their major research output for that project, a co-authored…

Classics and Race

During Black History Month the School of Classics’ Equality and Diversity committee were proud to present a workshop, organised by Sian Lewis, on the relationship between Classics and Race. It came as part of a series dedicated to promoting inclusivity in the discipline of Classics and widening participation more generally in classical culture. The idea behind these workshops is to…

Swallowgate and the switch

Before Spring Break 2020 we quickly had to close our Classics HQ in Swallowgate and, like other universities, we made the switch to online teaching. This was a huge challenge for the University, and demanded a swift and dramatic response from tutors, students and support staff alike.  Mercifully the online systems were more or less…

Castelo De Cuncos: Archaeology in the Alentejo

By: Alex Elliott I am a first year PhD student in the School of Classics at St Andrews. Alongside my studies, for the past five years I have also worked on various archaeological projects in the Alentejo region of Portugal in a variety of roles working my way up from field student to excavation supervisor….