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Faculty of Classics

 

Cambridge is one of a handful of leading centres in the study of Classics world-wide.  Committed to advancing research and teaching in all aspects of Classical culture and its reception at the very highest level, it is the intellectual home of some of the best-known Classicists, and of an increasingly diverse body of outstanding graduate students and exceptionally talented undergraduates. 

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked Cambridge above all other UK Classical departments, for work that is ‘outstandingly novel’, ‘instrumental in developing new thinking’, ‘a primary point of reference’. The Guardian has ranked Cambridge top in UK Classics every year since 2011.


Why support Classics at Cambridge?

We have exciting plans to expand what we do, while still maintaining our traditional excellence. We are committed to:

  • growing our outreach programme to remove the barriers of poverty and educational disadvantage and enable able students of all backgrounds to enjoy the intellectual challenges that the Classical world presents
  • expanding the range of our teaching and research so as to cover exciting new methodologies and emergent fields
  • providing our researchers and students with a first-class physical environment to match the Faculty’s vibrant intellectual life

Explore philanthropic opportunities in Classics

Support Classics outreach for young people 

Expanding our outreach programme and building on the excellent work done to date depends on being able to devote more human resources to bring in those from educational backgrounds which have offered no exposure to the ancient world and its languages.

Support Studentships

We need studentships so that any undergraduate or postgraduate with the potential to excel has the chance to study Classics at Cambridge, regardless of background or means.

Endow Academic posts

Only with new funded positions can we attract pioneering researchers who will maintain Cambridge’s tradition of world-leading research and inspire the next generation.

Create a new Postgraduate Centre

As our postgraduate population grows we must redevelop the Faculty’s facilities to meet our changing needs.


Ways of Giving

We would be very happy to discuss with you what we are doing and what we are trying to do. Simply get in touch with Amanda Lightstone, CUDAR Senior Associate Director for the School of Arts and Humanities or contact James Warren, Chair of the Faculty Board of Classics.

Online giving

It is easy to make an online donation via the University's Online Giving site, where you can donate to either the Faculty in general or make a donation to one of our specific funds.

Further details about making a donation for non UK taxpayers.

Leave a gift in your will

A gift to Cambridge Classics in your Will could help the Faculty flourish into the future, and is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution. This form of support has the added benefit that legacies to charities are exempt from tax, and so reduce liability for inheritance tax. Further information about leaving a legacy to Cambridge.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated by the Faculty of Classics. All gifts are treated sensitively and confidentially. 

Our Fundraising Promise

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, please read our Fundraising Promise.

Thank you for your support.

Latest news

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

BBC Radio 4 - Reflections on Majesty, Mary Beard

12 September 2022

Mary Beard is one of ten writers and scholars invited by the BBC to reflect on their experience of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the link below to listen: Listen here

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...