School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Classics & Ancient History Research

Research in Classics and Ancient History

We're committed to creating a vibrant and varied research environment. In recent years, we've achieved excellent scores in the Research Excellence Framework. We have been successful in attracting significant external funding.

Within classics and ancient history, research is located within two main themes of Performance and The Writing of History.

Our research staff also widely contribute to other research themes within the School.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Classics and ancient history at Newcastle received a very strong research rating in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

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 12th place in the national ranking.

In terms of publications, our average rating of 3.05 belongs in the top 10 (joint 7th). More than 30% of our publications were given the highest score of 4*.

This indicates research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

For a national overview of the REF results in classics and ancient history, visit the Research Excellence Framework website.

Research areas

Classics research at Newcastle covers a full range of topics in classical languages and literatures, ancient history and their modern reception. These include:

External funding

We have been successful in attracting external funding for research in recent years. Grants to a total of more than £1.3m have recently come from organisations such as:

Research in history and archaeology

Find out about the School's research in history and archaeology