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Research in Classics and Ancient History

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 in December 2014. 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.

Classics and Ancient History has been notably successful in attracting external funding for research in recent years. Grants to a total of over £1.3m have recently come from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Find out more about our current research projects, and the research staff in classics. For a detailed breakdown of staff research themes, see our research areas.

For more information about the results of REF 2014 see

For a national overview of the REF results in Classics and Ancient History

Research seminars

Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle University is committed to creating a vibrant research environment. We run a lively seminar series, full details of which may be found here.