Alumni newsletter – 2017


The latest edition of “Classics News” is now available: Classics News: Autumn/Winter 2017 (pdf).   Back-issues of our newsletter can be viewed via our Alumni page.


Carnegie PhD Scholarships

Students with a first-class degree from a Scottish university are eligible for a 2018 Carnegie PhD Scholarship.  Applicants should (1) apply for admission as a doctoral student and (2) complete the Carnegie PhD Scholarships application form available in the Scholarships and Funding catalogue (Fund). Both the application for admission and the Carnegie PhD Scholarships application form must be submitted by Tuesday 16 January 2018.

Advice for applicants is available at:

Call for applications: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme

School of Classics, University of St Andrews
Deadline: Friday 05 January 2018, 5pm

We invite applications to this scheme, which aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. More information about the scheme can be found at

How to Apply

St Andrews will be running its own internal selection procedure. All eligible applicants are encouraged to contact proposed mentors as soon as possible, copying in Emma Buckley (

For the first stage of selection (deadline Fri 05 Jan 2018, 5pm) we will require the following information- email as Word or PDF doc to (

  • Title of research proposal and Abstract, max 500 words: include aims, methodology and potential outcome(s).
  • Details of current and past research, listing publications under three main headings; ‘In preparation’, ‘Submitted’ and ‘Published’, as appropriate.

If you have any questions about the application process or the School of Classics at St Andrews please feel free to contact Emma Buckley ( early expressions of interest are positively welcomed.

Congratulations to Ellen MacDougall

cl_pg-ellenmacdougall2Congratulations to Ellen MacDougall, who passed her PhD viva recently.

Ellen’s thesis is an original analysis of how figural representations of foreign peoples and places featured on Roman coinage between their earliest extant appearance in 138 B.C. and the death of Domitian in 96 A.D.  This long formative period has been traditionally overlooked by scholars, who have focused on later material. Based on an extensive body of material, Ellen’s thesis provides a close study of late Republican and early imperial practice, revealing a much more complex and nuanced picture of how foreign peoples and places were represented on Roman coinage at a time of great historical change. The breadth of coverage and the innovative methodology adopted – paying special attention to the historical context of production of the different types – makes her thesis an important contribution to our understanding of Roman numismatics, art, and history between the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire.

PhD entry (2018) under SGSAH scheme

The School of Classics at the University of St Andrews encourages applications for PhD entry in September 2018 under the SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) scheme.

The SGSAH is run by a consortium of eight Scottish universities. Students from the UK and the rest of the EU are eligible for scholarships. Successful applicants will benefit from fees, stipend (UK residents only) and significant additional funding for their doctoral training. Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a fees-only award; the UK government has confirmed that the funding award, for EU students starting in 2018, will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU in that period.

The first step is to apply for the PhD programme at St Andrews. The deadline for applications to Classics at St Andrews under the SGSAH scheme is  20 DECEMBER 2017, but candidates are encouraged to contact potential supervisors as soon as possible in order to leave time to refine the application to the SGSAH.

The University of St Andrews has various additional sources of funding for PhD students:

  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships, the deadline for which is 15 November 2017.
  • St Leonards Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships. These are for projects involving more than one School at St Andrews. To be considered for this award you should submit a PhD application by 5 November 2017.
  • St Leonards Scholarships (International Fees). These will cover the difference between home and international fees. To be considered for this award you should submit a PhD application by 25 January 2018.

For each of the three schemes above the first step is to apply for a PhD place at St Andrews.

Further sources of funding will be announced later in the academic year.

We invite potential applicants to consult individual members of staff about their proposed research topics.

For more information on the School’s research visit

For enquiries, please contact Dr Alex Long (Director of PG Studies, or Professor Jason König (Head of School,

Congratulations to James Crooks

James Crooks has been awarded funding by CAPOD for his “Nearly Experts” podcast series, in which he hosts PhD students from a variety of subjects and backgrounds. In each interview, the postgraduates introduce their research to the public, talking about their thesis and the work that goes into it.

Follow “Nearly Experts” on:

Christopher Smith returns to St Andrews

Christopher Smith, Professor of Ancient History, returns to the University of St Andrews to take up a Leverhulme Major Research Grant after eight highly successful years leading Britain’s largest overseas research institution for humanities and the fine arts, the British School at Rome.

BSR highlights since 2009 include work at dozens of archaeological sites across Italy and the wider Mediterranean basin; the concluding conference and exhibition of the AHRC-funded beacon project Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures, featuring Derek Duncan (School of Modern Languages); a major international conference, Rome and Persia, with Prof. Ali Ansari (School of History and President of the British Institute for Persian Studies); a joint keynote lecture celebrating the UK’s role in MilanExpo 2014 by Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, and Wolfgang Buttress, award-winning architect of the British pavilion; one of the last public events by Seamus Heaney; and a presentation of William Kentridge’s acclaimed installation on the banks of the Tiber, Triumphs and Laments.

Christopher led a €2million building refurbishment which significantly reduced energy costs in the beautiful but notoriously leaky Lutyens designed building which is home to hundreds of researchers and artists every year, and celebrated the beginning of its second century in 2016 wind- and water-tight for the first time in decades. It won the first Premio Hassan Fathy in 2017, awarded by the Ordine degli Architetti di Roma, for the combination of sustainable technology in listed buildings.

Christopher was from 2012 to 2017 the elected President of the Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma, the body which represents more than thirty foreign and Italian research institutes. The Unione in this time established an annual festival of culture in Rome, signed a concordat with Italy’s Research Council, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and oversaw the creation of a library research portal, URBiS, giving access to over two million books, periodicals, photographs and other items for the study of Rome and Italy from antiquity to the present day.

Christopher has been elected a corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, a member of the Association for Studi Etruschi ed Italici, and a member of the Accademia Etrusca di Cortona (founded in 1726!). He has also been elected a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2017 received from the Mayor of Rome the Premio ‘Cultori di Roma’ , on the 2770th birthday of Rome on the Capitoline Hill.

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