Welcome from Head of School

Rebecca Sweetman

Welcome back to Classics at St Andrews! We have missed seeing our students in Swallowgate and Craigard. We are so happy to hear the buzz of student life filling the rooms again. Many of you, even our second years, will not have had an opportunity to visit the School of Classics. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, do please feel free to pop in and see us! Sam, Georgios and Elise have been busy organizing timetables, rooms and even goodie bags for the 1st and 2nd years (they have been bravely fighting staff off to protect them for you!!). 3rd and 4th years, we are so happy to see you back in person and look forward to lots of discussion, analysis and debate in classes and in dissertation meetings! We have lots of exciting new modules including on Africa, the ancient Environment, Phoenicians and Poverty, as well as old favourites!

Our cohort of MLitt students is a multinational one, and we are delighted to see some of our graduated honours students return to undertake the Masters! Our new PhDs will be arriving in the next few weeks and its fantastic to see the PGR offices full and busy. The Classics library is currently open to our MLitt students and all going well, we hope to be able to extend the opening to our honours students as the semester progresses. Although we are trying to operate as close to pre-covid times as possible, we are still having to keep within health guidelines for use of space… But we will get there slowly but surely.

We are welcoming lots of new colleagues too. Dr Tom Biggs has taken up a post in Latin and Dr Sophie Schoess has started in a brand position as Associate Lecturer in Classics, with a focus on language teaching. We have some temporary colleagues replacing staff who are away on research leave and we would like to welcome (back in some cases): Dr Olaf Almqvist, Dr Adrian Gramps, Dr Zachary Hallock, Dr Alexandra Madela and Dr Eóin O’Donoghue. Our wonderful PhD students will be putting all their teacher-training experience into action, and they have been chomping at the bit to get to teach in person again.

It’s been a tough eighteen months for everyone but things are looking up and we were delighted to be placed first for Classics in the UK in the Guardian rankings. This is a testament to the hard work, perseverance and care of staff and students in the Classics team! We look forward to seeing you in class or at a social event over the next few weeks and best of luck for this academic year.

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