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Outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research

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The Department of Classics and Ancient History is one of the very best in the UK, and internationally, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We were ranked joint second in the last national research evaluation (REF2014) in terms of the quality of our work (by grade point average), and joint first in terms of the quality of our research environment.

The Department delivers very high levels of overall student satisfaction (97.46% in the last National Student Survey). In student-facing guides and league tables, we are regularly ranked among the top three Classics departments in the UK.

Our Strategic Vision

With our new appointments, we aim to complement existing areas and/or develop new areas of research excellence in the department. We have a long tradition of excellence in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and ancient philosophy. Three interdisciplinary research centres are based in the Department: the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East, the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, and the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. In addition to these established areas of strength, we are interested in developing collaborations with other cross-departmental research initiatives: for example, visual arts and culture, medical humanities, and digital humanities.

We are committed to widening participation, to rigorous training in the classical languages (also, and importantly, ab initio) and to ensuring that the study of ancient Greece and Rome informs, and is informed by, the study of other ancient cultures and later, modern ones.

Our Opportunities


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ancient Greek Literature

Fixed Term - Full Time for 5 years
Grade 7: £35,333 - £42,155 per annum
Closing date: 04/01/2023

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University invites applications for a five-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in Ancient Greek Literature, with a particular focus on the writings of Aristotle. The post is funded by UKRI as part of the PI’s project Aristoteles Pezographos: Investigating the Style and Language of Aristotle.

For full details and to apply, please visit the job posting.


Teaching Fellow in Classics

Applications closed

Full-time, fixed-term for 12 months, ideally from 3/1/23.

Grade 7: £35,333 - £42,155 per annum

Closing date 23/11/22.

Applications are invited for a Teaching Fellow in Classics.  The successful applicant will contribute to the research-led teaching of Latin and Greek language and literature at all levels, including literature in translation.  The post will include teaching, and marking, on undergraduate modules which may include: Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today; Comedy and Tragedy; Advanced Greek 2/ 3 b; Intermediate Greek 2/ 3b; Beginners’ Latin and Greek. The post will also involve some teaching in the summer period when it is expected that the candidate will take part in outreach activities, including summer schools. For full details and to apply please visit the job posting.

Classics For All Co-ordinator

Applications closed

Fixed Term - Part Time Term Time Only (12 hours/week for 12 Months)

Grade 5: £24,285 - £25,642 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date 27/11/2022.

The Classics for All North East Hub Administrator role is an exciting role designed to extend and enhance our outreach and engagement work with a range of stakeholders.  The key purpose of the role will be to coordinate and deliver teaching related Classics activities for teachers and learners in primary and secondary education. This will be done under the supervision of, and in liaison with, members of academic staff in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. For full details and to apply, please visit the job posting.

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