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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.

Why support Classics at Cambridge?

We have exciting plans to expand what we do, while still maintaining our traditional excellence. We have a number of related aims for which we need your support.

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Support our undergraduate teaching

As the number of students taking the four-year Classics course increases, we need to expand our resources for teaching Latin and Greek language in small classes. Your support will allow us to increase our Language Teaching Assistant posts, which not only enhance our teaching strength but also gives important teaching experience to post-doctoral students. Additional support for our Postgraduate Teaching Assistant posts will allow us to train more of our PhD students to become effective language teachers and help us to deliver our undergraduate language programme.

Support Classics outreach for young people 

The Faculty is committed to bringing Classics to students who would otherwise have little exposure to learning about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. This is the most successful route to attracting talented applicants, particularly to our four-year course. We are asking for support to create a permanent Access and Outreach Officer position to coordinate and expand our reach.

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 their background or means. In particular, it is increasingly difficult for talented postgraduate students to win external funding. The Faculty provides scholarships from its own funds for many of its postgraduate students to ensure that we are able to train the Classicists of the future. Your help in funding MPhil and PhD Studentships will allow us to expand the support we can offer so we can attract and retain the very best young researchers.

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. At present, we are for example looking for support to fund a post jointly with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Ancient Greek and Roman Science and Medicine to follow in the footsteps of Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Professor Liba Taub, and Dr Rebecca Flemming. But please get in touch if there are any other areas that you would like to support.

Create a new Postgraduate Centre

As our postgraduate population grows, we must redevelop the Faculty’s facilities to meet our changing needs. A dedicated study centre and meeting space will enhance our postgraduate community and provide the space for them to work close to the resources of the Faculty library and its collections..

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

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.