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Research in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle embraces all periods of time from prehistory to the present. Our scholars produce world-leading research, as demonstrated in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In History and Classics, over 30 per cent of all publications assessed were judged to be world-leading (4*). Judged on our research publications alone, our Classics scholars are ranked 9th in the UK and our Archaeologists are ranked 8th.

Exploring new interdisciplinary perspectives is fundamental to much of our work and to that end we have identified nine key research themes that link all three subjects:

Conflict and Revolution
Empires and After
Ideas and Beliefs
Labour and Society
Life Cycles, Bodies, Health and Disease
Material Culture
The Writing of History

These themes provide the focus for research activities including seminar series, conferences, collaborative projects, postdoctoral research and PhD supervision. Our research strategy is united by three core aims:

  • To expand and strengthen our research and its impact by providing a vigorous academic environment that supports work at all levels including students, early career researchers and senior academics
  • To underpin interdisciplinary collaboration across the University’s Institutes (particularly NUHRI), Centres (McCord, CLACS, NCHM) and Faculty Research Groups (CIAS, Labour and Society, MEMS)
  • To facilitate research collaborations with our strategic partners in the region, the UK and internationally.