Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle have received a very strong research rating in the 2014 REF (‘Research Excellence Framework’), the results of which were published this morning. With an overall average of 3.01, three-quarters of our weighted scores (encompassing publications, impact and environment) reflect internationally excellent research, earning us a twelfth place in the national ranking. Moreover, in terms of publications our average rating of 3.05 belongs in the top ten (joint 7th), and over 30% of our publications were given the highest score of 4*, indicating research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
This excellent result comes at the end of a very successful year, which not only brought further international recognition of our research strength, but also saw our teaching score in the National Student Survey rise to 95%, making Newcastle joint 5th in the country (see below).
Classics and Ancient history have achieved an excellent result of 95% in the response to Question 22, which asks about overall satisfaction with the course.
This is a further improvement on last year’s score of 93%, and makes Newcastle joint 5th in the country (with KCL, Glasgow and Oxford).
This result reflects student opinion on all of our four degree programmes:
Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle University has a long and distinguished international reputation for its research and teaching. Latin and Greek have been taught here since 1874, and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology since 1910 and 1931 respectively.
We offer a number of single and joint honours undergraduate programmes, and provide linguistic training in the classical languages at all levels. Classics at Newcastle has recently been singled out for its innovative approach to language teaching and for its close connection between teaching and research.