Paul Millett

Many thanks to all member institutions for, yet again, a 100% return. I am particularly grateful to one or two colleagues who, despite "not seeing the point of it all" still sent in their figures. It certainly does make a difference, even on a local level, to have such statistics available. Those of my College colleagues across a range of disciplines to whom I showed these figures were genuinely surprised (and almost all of them pleased) at the size of the numbers involved in Classical education and the generally positive trends reported. This was shortly after the news broke that one of the examining boards was discontinuing the examination of Greek.

As in previous years, data are divided into (a) 'traditional' classics courses (BA Classics, Greek of Latin), (b) 'modern' variants (classical civilization, classical studies, ancient history, and classical art and archaeology), and (c) 'others' (combined honours, supplementary students and non-honours students). Open University data are fully integrated.

'One year does not make a trend' wrote my colleague of last year's figures in Table A, which showed a significant increase in Full-time equivalent student numbers. It is good to report that the increase has continued and might well become a trend. As the graph following the tables suggests, the increase was the result of upward movement across the board: even a slight increase in 'traditional' classics courses.

Table B demonstrates this in some detail, with increases in every category; even in Joint hours, which recovered almost all the ground lost last year (though the numbers involved are small). Table C adds further detail.

Last year's report stressed the importance of maintaining our 'core business' of language-based classics courses. It is therefore disappointing to see from Table E that ab initio language teaching continued to decline across the board. Postgraduate numbers continue to increase (Table F): important if the funding system is indeed to be capped at the 2003-4 level.

The modest increase in staff numbers reported last year has not been maintained, but trends are difficult to discern (Table D). There were actually very slight increases in the categories of Full time, both Permanent and Temporary, and in Part Time, Temporary. The significant shift downwards came in the category of 'Other' (156 to 142). Perhaps this is an area in which we might for the future refine our collection and reporting of data.

Paul Millett
Downing College, Cambridge

CUCD Bulletin 33 (2004)
© Council of University Classical Departments 2004

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