Doors Open Days – East Fife


Join us in the Archaeology room from 2-4pm on Sunday 2nd September, and learn about our cutting edge research project “Through A Glass Darkly“. This combines the latest digital technology with experimental archaeology! The artefacts range in date from the Palaeolithic to the Byzantine period and include stone tools, pottery vessels, lamps, figurines and votive offerings.

Further information:
Fife Open Doors brochure:


Congratulations to Hallvard Indgjerd

HallvardHallvard Indgjerd has been awarded a BSA studentship,  which will allow him to reside and undertake research at the BSA and Fitch laboratory during the academic year 2018-19. Hallvard will use the time to finish his PhD on Kastro Apalariou, Naxos and the Cycladic Islands during the Late Antique and Byzantine period.

Fully Funded Joint PhD: Roma La Sapienza – St Andrews

The School of Classics at St Andrews and the Dipartimento of Scienze dell’Antichità of Roma La Sapienza are starting a collaborative PhD programme. Students in the programme will spend half the doctorate (18 months) in St Andrews and the other half in Rome. The thesis will be written in English. Each student will have two supervisors, one in Rome and the other in St Andrews. The programme is fully funded: St Andrews and La Sapienza will meet the costs of fees and provide students with a stipend.

The deadline for applicants who wish to begin the programme at Rome has passed, and we now invite applications from students wishing to start the PhD at St Andrews.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2018. We expect the first student to start at St Andrews in May 2019.

Applicants will have to meet the entry requirements of both Universities. They should possess a Masters-level degree (2.1 or equivalent or higher) and an English-language certificate (IELTS 6.5, with 6.5 or higher in the written component; or TOEFL 90). The language certificate is needed before the PhD begins, not at the time of application. In addition to the entry requirements for St Andrews they will have to take a written and oral exam in English on Classical subjects.

Details of how to apply:

Your application should be entered here:

Please indicate in your personal statement that you wish to apply for the collaborative PhD programme and explain what you hope to gain from studying at both universities. The writing sample for this application should (unlike other applications to St Andrews) contain at least 10,000 words.

Applications will be considered jointly by academic staff at Rome and St Andrews.

We particularly encourage applications in the interaction between texts and material culture in late Antiquity, but we are open to applications in any field of Classics.
If you have questions about the programme, please contact Alex Long (, Giuseppe Pezzini ( and Gianfranco Agosti ( and Roberto Nicolai (

Hip Sublime: Beat writers and the Classical Tradition

9780814213551We are pleased to announce the publication of Hip Sublime: Beat writers and the Classical Tradition, edited by Sheila Murnaghan and Ralph Rosen. The volume stems from a project initiated by one of the School’s Honorary Research Fellows, Alisdair Gibson, and is based on a conference part-funded by the School, which was held at the University of Pennsylvania in November 2012.

Beppe Pezzini elected to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

pezziniCongratulations to Beppe Pezzini, who has just been elected to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland for five years.

Founded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, the Young Academy of Scotland brings together experts from a huge range of professions to work collaboratively on issues that pose social, political, economic, educational and environmental challenges in Scotland and beyond. The University of St Andrews has a particularly active set of YAS members who organise activities for both town and gown in the local area.