Capital Classics

Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

The Oxford Classics Faculty is the largest in the world, and Classics students never have the sense of being in a small minority within the university: over 150 undergraduates and almost 100 graduates are admitted to read classical subjects each year.  We can offer an unparalleled range of undergraduate and graduate courses, catering for a huge range of interests.  The Faculty hosts three research centres and over twenty research projects, while the research of individual faculty members covers almost every aspect of life, literature and art in the ancient world.

The Outreach programme at Oxford is organised and hosted by the Faculty of Classics. We have one full time member of staff, Mai Musié, the Outreach Officer, who is the first point of contact for any Outreach enquiries.  With approximately 60 members of academic staff, 250 postgraduates and a dedicated Outreach Officer we have plenty of resources to provide talks and workshops for the Outreach programme. We also have a dedicated Outreach room in the Ioannou Centre for outreach events, plus access to the whole centre if necessary for larger activities.

Schools and colleges are of particular interest to us and we run many activities which help younger people find out what Classics is all about. This could be, for example, through the opportunity to study Latin and Greek, to examine ancient artefacts like pots, gems and papyri, or to watch a Greek play. There is so much to see and learn about Classics and you don’t need any background in the subject to take part!

We are particularly strong in collaborating with external organisations in providing a holistic approach to the study of Classics. Our many partners include The Iris Project and BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College.

Since the launch of the East End Classics Centre in the summer of 2012, the project at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College has been steadily gathering momentum. Classical Civilisation as an A Level subject has now been introduced under the inspirational instruction of Classics teacher Toni Shelley. Oxford academics have been involved in giving a series of Classics themed lectures at the centre.

Oxford Classics Outreach is proud of its role in preparing the brightest pupils for Oxbridge by working collaboratively with Wadham College to host the annual Classics summer school at Oxford.  The summer school involves a week of intensive study which is designed to replicate a week in the life of an undergraduate studying Classics or a related degree. Students have the opportunity to learn alongside current Oxford undergraduate and postgraduate students and be taught by leading academics. The academic programme featured a range of activities and topics, including a language element.

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