Present: Professor R.W. Sharples; Dr G. Boys-Stones; Prof. D.C. Braund; Dr R.K. Gibson; Dr N.J. Lowe; Dr E.E. Pender; Mrs C.M. Roueche; Dr J.L. Rowlandson; Dr N.K Rutter; Dr D.G.J. Shipley; Dr C.J. Smith; Dr D.J. Spencer
1.1 (item 4) Mail-out of Bulletin: it was clarified that this year steps would be taken to ensure that the Bulletin would be delivered to the ICS office rather than just Senate House, and that its availability would be checked the day before Council.
The discussion turned to the broader picture of developments in access to Classics. EEP agreed to provide information to JACT members (via NL) on Excellence in Cities activity in their local areas. Bob Lister, Director of the Cambridge Schools Classics Project, had reported (via email) that the Project was engaged in producing electronic resources designed to supplement Book I of the Cambridge Latin Course. The materials had been trialled across England, and there were discussions with one local authority about making the project part of their Excellence in Cities programme. Another aim of the project was to take the first e- taught students through to GCSE in 2003.
7.1 liaison with UCAS
GS agreed to assemble the course codes for the main Joint Honours classical programmes, in preparation for statistics requests to UCAS.
7.2 new CUCD questionnaire
GS explained how data would be compiled and published in future: the Excel spreadsheet format would be used and only minor adjustments would be made to the questionnaire in order to maintain comparability between years. More guidance would be given to correspondents on returning the statistics to CUCD, and to this end GS would write to member institutions explaining the rationale of the statistics exercise and how departments could help to make it more effective. Responses on the exercise would be invited (to be reported at October Standing Committee) in time for proposals on the new questionnaire to be presented to Council in November. Any changes could then be in place for the distribution of the questionnaire in January/February 2002.
Geoffrey Eatough reported (via email) that he had received two thirds of this year's statistical returns, which was an improvement on recent years, and that the new method of seeking returns via CUCD's website had been a success.
8.1 Arrangements for nomination and election of officers and SC members
At Council 2001 RWS would resign as Chair and two vacancies would arise for elected members of Standing Committee. The secretary would write to institutional contacts inviting nominations for Chair and members of Standing Committee by the end of September. The election at Council would be held following the procedures set out in the new CUCD constitution.
8.2 AHRB panels
Institutional contacts would also be invited to forward to CUCD names for nomination to the Arts and Humanities Research Board panels. Council would approve a list of eight names to go forward from which the AHRB would make its own selection of panel members. Research excellence was the most important factor to consider, but other factors, such as coverage of classical subjects and geographical spread, should also be borne in mind. Names would be held on the AHRB database for three years.
To make a nomination, institutional contacts should seek seconding by another member institution/department and send the details of the nominee and seconding institution to the secretary by the end of September.
8.3 Theme/guest speaker
A speaker would be sought on the theme of how CUCD could handle relations with the media. Advice on an appropriate person would be sought from Peter Jones.
9.2 JACT would be invited to send a representative to CUCD Standing Committee (NJL would continue to be CUCD's representative to JACT).
9.3 Concern was expressed about the number of Classics teacher training places available and their geographical distribution within England and Wales. Information on teacher training courses in Scotland would be sought for the next meeting.
9.4 The Chair reported that he had been informed about the results of the BBC consultation on the Digital Curriculum, and said that he would write to member institutions urging them to respond to the subsequent DfEE (now DES) consultation about the online curriculum.
9.5 The Chair would write to the Bulletin editor for an update on this year's issue and suggest that contributions might be sought from individuals who had been present at the first meeting of CUCD.
E. E. Pender
School of Classics
University of Leeds