[Council of University Classical Departments]

Meeting of CUCD Standing Committee>

7th October 2000

Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, LONDON WC1E 7HU.

AGENDA

  1. Minutes and Matters Arising
  2. Learning and Teaching Subject Network: Classical Studies
  3. Chair's Report
  4. Treasurer's Report
  5. Statistics
  6. Bulletin
  7. Agenda for CUCD Council
    7.1 Nominations for Standing Committee
  8. British Academy Review of Graduate Studies
  9. Panel for Classical Association meeting 2001
  10. Date of next meeting


Present: Prof. R.W. Sharples (chair), Mr G. Eatough, Dr C. Emlyn-Jones, Dr N.J. Lowe, Dr T. Morgan, Dr E.E. Pender, Mrs C.M. Roueche, Dr N.K. Rutter, Prof. M. Schofield, Dr D.G.J. Shipley.

1. Minutes and Matters Arising

Minutes:
The revised minutes of the meeting on 3rd June 2000 were accepted.
Matters arising:
  1. Banding
    The Chair would investigate the situation further and report to the November Council meeting.
  2. Institute of Classical Studies Postgraduate Fair/Website for postgraduate study
    The proposal to establish a website to disseminate information about postgraduate study in Classics was reviewed. It was agreed that the initial setting up of such a site would not be too onerous (and might be undertaken by members of CUCD in collaboration with the ICS), but that to keep the site updated would require the support of a well-funded institution. It was agreed that CUCD should mention the matter in its response to the Academy consultation on postgraduate study (see item 8 below).
  3. Access and Admissions
    1. Excellence in Cities
      It was reported that under the DfEE's Excellence in Cities initiative funding could be made available for school students in target areas to attend Classics Summer Schools around the UK. Although the main funding of Summer Schools so far has been for general orientation weeks at the student's local university, funding could in principle go to dedicated Summer Schools in specific subjects. Each regional area participating in the Excellence in Cities initiative has a co-ordinator working with local schools to identify "gifted and talented" pupils who would benefit from attendance at "master classes". Summer Schools in Classics could qualify as such "master classes". Nick Lowe would report on this matter to Joint Association of Classics Teachers, suggesting that the Classics Summer School organisers contact the "Gifted and Talented Scheme" co-ordinators in the various Excellence in Cities regions.
    2. Information on Student Intake and "Further Destinations" of Classics graduates
      It was reported that information had been sought from UCAS' Statistical Enquiry Service on student entry to various Classics Single Honours courses. The data requested was for entry into the 28 CUCD member institutions over the last 5 years. It was agreed that this initial run should be followed by enquiries into Ancient History courses and into all Joint Honours programmes including classical subjects. Departments had not yet been contacted regarding "Further destinations" of graduates and it was suggested that an easier way to gather this information would be through the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which annually publishes the figures from individual institutions.

2. Learning and Teaching Subject Network: Classical Studies

A brief report on the activities of the LTSN was given by RWS and CMR. A fuller report would be provided by Dr Lorna Hardwick (Subject Director) in the CUCD Bulletin.

3. Chair's Report

The Chair provided the following report on recent business:
  1. Attended meeting of LTSN Classics sub-centre Advisory Panel, 22 June.
    Noted in particular - Emphasis on need to support geographically isolated departments - Discussion of problems caused by institutions' training for teaching being non-subject-specific.
  2. Attended second meeting of HUMBUL Humanities Hub Advisory Committee, 7 September. - Some materials accessible on-line by October. - Collaboration with LTSNs; Humbul would list primary teaching materials (Web databases of texts, historical information, etc.); LTSNs would list Web sites relating to teaching methods.
  3. Passed on various queries and responses between departments and the Chair of RAE panel 57.
  4. Drafted response to British Academy review of Graduate Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

4. Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer presented the accounts for the period from January 1st 2000, giving the balances of both the Business Premium Account and the Community Account as of September 29th. All except three institutions had paid their subscriptions for 1999/2000.

5. Statistics

Geoff Eatough presented his annual review of statistics for Classical subjects at British Universities. The figures, with commentary, would be published in the Bulletin. Mr Eatough explained some of the difficulties of gathering statistics from departments and advised that a new questionnaire and new computer programme were needed. It was agreed that it would be helpful to HoDs if the statistics request form were not only posted to them but also made available via the CUCD website. Mr Eatough thanked departments for their co-operation in this exercise.

6. Bulletin

Teresa Morgan had received some material from contributors but would need all contributions (on disk) in the next two weeks to ensure publication before the deadline of the Council meeting in November.

7. Agenda for CUCD Council

The Chair presented the draft agenda, to which minor changes were made. The agenda would be circulated to HoDs (and the Chairmen of the relevant Faculties at Oxford and Cambridge).
7.1 Nominations for Standing Committee
Ex Officio members Since Geoff Eatough had served as Statistics Officer for 14 years, it was agreed that an 'understudy' should be found for the coming year, to allow GE to retire at Council 2001. Elected members Elected members due to retire from Standing Committee at Council 2000 were: Professor E.G. Clarke, Professor M. Schofield and Professor R. P. Green. Owing to the proposal to increase the number of elected members to six, there would be four vacancies on Standing Committee for the coming year. Nominations had been sought from all member institutions and five nominees had emerged: Dr George Boys-Stones (Durham); Dr Roy Gibson (Manchester); Dr Jane Rowlandson (KCL); Dr Christopher Smith (St. Andrews) and Dr Diana Spencer (Birmingham). The Secretary would write to HoDs to seek seconders and the election would be held at the Council meeting in November. There would be no limit to the number of candidates to be seconded and at Council each department would have up to four votes.
In seeking seconders and in voting, member institutions would be asked to consider regional and gender balance, as well as subject interests.
[In the event, an additional vacancy on Standing Committee was created by Dr Shipley's co-option as prospective Statistics Officer, so no election was required.]

8. British Academy Review of Graduate Studies

In response to the British Academy's consultation on graduate studies (concerning issues related to recruitment and retention of postgraduate research students and staff), the Chair had sought the views of departments and produced a draft report. The draft was considered and in the light of discussion RWS would revise various sections.
See also item 1.ii above.
The final British Academy report on Graduate Studies would be published in summer 2001.

9. Panel for Classical Association meeting 2001

Given that there was no obvious topic for 2001 and given that the CA had an increasingly crowded programme, it was proposed that the regular CUCD slot at the CA should be suspended. Whereas in the past the panel at the CA had provided an important channel of communication with departments, recent developments in higher education had prompted a more direct and more immediate system of communication to be established between CUCD and member institutions. However, if issues arose that would be best aired at the CA, CUCD could in future years book a slot as and when required. This proposal would be brought before Council in November.

10. Date of next meeting

Annual meeting of Council, 11th November 2000. The next meeting of Standing Committee would be determined after the election of new members.


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