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Welcome to the CUCD web site at Royal Holloway, University of London. These pages are maintained by Nick Lowe, to whom any inquiries should be addressed.


About CUCD

The Council of University Classical Departments is the professional forum for all teachers of classical Greek and Roman subjects in British Universities. It has four meetings annually: three meetings of the Standing Committee, and a plenary Council meeting in November, at which all UK Classics Departments (and remnants thereof) are represented (see the constitution, and "Contacts, Representatives, and Member Institutions" below). As well as serving as a voice for classical teachers in higher education on matters of academic and professional significance, CUCD collects annual statistics on students numbers in UK classical degree programmes, and publishes the CUCD Bulletin, which is available on-line from volume 24 (1995), and continues to appear in hard copy at the time of the annual Council meeting.

The CUCD site also hosts:

Note that the on-line edition of Classicists in British Universities, published by the Classical Association, is now hosted on the Classical Association site.


CUCD Contacts, Representatives, and Member Institutions

A CUCD Contact is the HoD, the Chairman of Faculty (for Oxford and Cambridge), or an individual expressly nominated by a HoD for a particular academic year. CUCD will keep a list of names/addresses for Contacts. CUCD will send mailings to "Head of Department" or "Chairman of Faculty" in the cases of Oxford and Cambridge. But if a HoD would like CUCD mailings to be sent to one of his/her staff for any given year, this can be arranged in response to either a letter or an email to the secretary. At the end of that year, if no further request is received for the arrangement to continue, CUCD will revert to the default position of sending information to the HoD/Chairman. Whenever a mailing is sent to departmental contacts, a note of its subject will be sent to the mailing list classicists@listserv.liv.ac.uk, to help ensure that staff members in departments will be aware that their contact will be receiving it. (To subscribe to this list, send the message "SUBSCRIBE CLASSICISTS ‹your name&rsaquo" to listserv@listserv.liv.ac.uk. No subject line is needed.)

A CUCD representative is a person chosen to represent a department at CUCD Annual Council in November. The choice of representative is entirely a matter for departments, often depending on practical considerations of who is actually able to attend. CUCD will not therefore keep a list of their names and addresses, and it will be for the contact to ensure that relevant documentation is passed on to the representative.

These procedures were proposed to Council by Standing Committee and agreed at the November 2000 Council meeting.

CUCD Member Institutions 2012–13:

  1. University of Birmingham
  2. University of Bristol
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. University of Wales, Cardiff
  5. University of Durham
  6. University of Edinburgh
  7. University of Exeter
  8. University of Glasgow
  9. University of Kent at Canterbury
  10. University of Leeds
  11. University of Leicester
  12. University of Liverpool
  13. University of London, Institute of Classical Studies
  14. University of London, King's College
  15. University of London, Queen Mary
  16. University of London, Royal Holloway
  17. University of London, University College
  18. University of London, Warburg Institute
  19. University of Manchester
  20. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  21. University of Nottingham
  22. The Open University
  23. University of Oxford
  24. University of Reading
  25. Roehampton University
  26. University of St. Andrews
  27. University of Wales, Swansea
  28. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  29. University of Warwick


Coding of Ancient History degree programmes

Most UK Classics Departments need to take immediate action to avoid their Ancient History programmes' being counted within History rather than Classics for the purposes of the National Student Survey (NSS). See here for details.


Statement on contact hours

A CUCD statement on contact hours for degree programmes in classical subjects was agreed at the November 2011 meeting of Council.


Draft protocol for temporary academic staff appointments

CUCD has drafted a suggested protocol for the employment of salaried Academic Staff on short-term contracts.


Statistics form and notes

The form and accompanying instructions for the collection of CUCD statistics on Classics numbers in UK Universities can be downloaded here.


Council Minutes & Agenda

Standing Committee Reports and Membership


THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL, 2012–2013

Communications should be addressed as appropriate to:

The Secretary:Professor C E W Steel, Dept. of Classics, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. (catherine.steel@glasgow.ac.uk)
The Treasurer:Professor M Leonard, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT. (m.leonard@ucl.ac.uk)
The Chair:Professor G D Woolf, School of Classics, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9A. (gdw2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
The Editor:Dr S J Deacy, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Roehampton University, Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH. (s.deacy@roehampton.ac.uk)


last updated 17/12/13.
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