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Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History  


After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a schoolteacher. She taught for more than a decade in a range of schools in the UK and internationally, leading departments and assuming school-wide responsibilities. She holds a doctorate in Classics education and is an expert in educational research, policy and practice. An advisor to governments in the UK and around the world on curriculum and assessment, she has won awards for knowledge exchange and public engagement. Arlene is the Chair of the Classics Development Group and the Vice Chair of the Classical Association Teaching Board. Her successful policy engagement with a range of partners has been showcased in this short video:

For more information visit and follow her on twitter at @drarlenehh

Research interests

  • Classics Education
  • Education Policy (Arts and Humanities)
  • Classics and employability
  • Rhetoric, oracy and critical skills
  • Access to classical studies in schools and communities
  • Academic-Museum education partnerships

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Arts and Humanities Research Council: Member of Peer Review College
  • 2022: British Council Language Trends Advisory Group: Representative for Ancient Languages
  • 2021: Arts and Humanities Research Council: Member of Public Policy Advisory Board
  • 2021: British Academy Languages Advisory Group: Representative for Languages
  • 2021: Classics Development Group: Chair of this national strategic group which brings together 15 professional organisations and learned societies to discuss discipline-wide issues.
  • 2020: British Academy National Strategic Committee for Languages: Representative for Classics
  • 2020: Trustee of The Classical Association: Outreach Office, Council Member and Vice Chair of The Classical Association Teaching Board
  • 2018: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies: Member of the Roman Studies Committee
  • 2016: British Curriculum Forum: Member of Steering Group, a sub-committee of the British Educational Research Association
  • 2015: US-UK Fulbright Commission: Elected Member of Fulbright Alumni Council

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Classics and Ancient History:
  • Ancient literature:
  • Ancient philosophy:
  • Classics:
  • Greek history and philosophy:
  • Latin:
  • Roman history:
  • General policy:
  • Subject specialists:
  • Museums:
  • Roman, Greek & ancient civilisations: