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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 grapple with the intellectual challenges that the Classical world presents today
  • 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 Elizabeth Brent, CUDAR Associate Director for the School of Arts and Humanities or contact Robin Osborne, Chair of the Faculty Board of Classics, directly.

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

New gift to further support Joyce Reynolds Awards

15 June 2021

The Faculty is enormously grateful to Karen and Peter Ventress for their generous gift to further support our efforts to encourage more diversity among students studying Classics at Cambridge. Karen and Peter have made a gift of £40k to fund a further studentship under the banner of the Joyce Reynolds Awards . The Awards...

Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology

14 June 2021

The Board of Electors to the Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology invite applications from those whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/...

It is with immense sadness that the Faculty reports that Elizabeth (Lisa) French passed away yesterday in Cambridge, 10 June 2021. She was 90.

11 June 2021

Lisa read Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1949-1952). In 1961 she was awarded her doctorate from University College London on The Development of Mycenaean Terracotta Figurines . She became a leading expert of Mycenaean pottery and figurines, forging a distinguished career in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean...

Student led teaching awards 2021

24 May 2021

The Faculty is proud to announce that Torsten Meissner and Mark Darling have been recognised for the excellence of their teaching by the Student Union in this year's Student-Led Teaching Awards. Dr Meissner has won the second prize (Highly Commended) in the category "Lecturer". Dr Darling has won the second prize (Highly...