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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

Greek Literature and its Critics Conference

24 November 2023

The programme for the Greek Literature and its Critics conference, to be held on 7th - 9th December 2023 in room G21, is available here .

A.G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture

26 September 2023

The Board of Electors to the A.G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at:

Professor Caroline Vout's book 'Exposed' named winner of 2023 London Hellenic Prize

12 June 2023

The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Professor Caroline Vout on her book Exposed being named winner of the 2023 London Hellenic Prize. Further details are available here: