UK Class in Classics Launch Event

We held a launch event for the UK Class in Classics Report 2024 on Thursday 14 March, a little over two weeks after the report was released. The event was an initial opportunity to share reflections on the report’s key findings and recommendations, as well as to start discussing next steps. Attendees included university classicists READ MORE

UK Class in Classics Report 2024

The UK Class in Classics Report (2024) is here. It is based on the UK Class in Classics Survey which we ran from late 2022 to early 2023. This had a total of 1,206 respondents and revealed class disparities across student and staff bodies. We have now analysed the data and the results are here READ MORE

Speaking Out About How We Speak

35% of university students feel self-conscious about their accent. 33% of university students are worried their accent could affect their ability to succeed in the future. A whopping 56% of university students from the north of England have had their accent mocked in a social setting.[1]Erez Levon, Devyani Sharma and Christian Ilbury (2022) ‘Speaking up: Accents READ MORE

Pandemic inequalities

by Lilah Grace Canevaro and Mirko Canevaro The CUCD has recently published Pandemic Stories, a report based on a survey that ran from September 2021 to November 2022. The survey collected experiences of scholars of the ancient Mediterranean world (Classics and Ancient History) in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was aimed at classicists and READ MORE

UK Class in Classics Survey

We are delighted to announce the launch on October 25th of the first ever UK Class in Classics Survey, sponsored by the Network for Working-Class Classicists and the Council of University Classics Departments. This survey is designed to gather data on class demographics and experiences in the discipline of Classics in the UK. It is open to anyone READ MORE

Workshop: Neil Speirs, The Hidden Curriculum

Wednesday 8th June, 1-2pm online via Zoom     In this one-hour workshop Neil Speirs, Widening Participation Manager at the University of Edinburgh, will be talking to us about his research into and experiences of ‘the Hidden Curriculum’ and classism on campus. Join us for a discussion of critical pedagogy – all welcome!      The hidden curriculum – READ MORE

“I Still See the Elitism”. Classical Languages and the Language of Class at Liverpool

by Marco Perale At the University of Liverpool, no prior knowledge of either Greek or Latin is required to study Classics, Classical Studies, or Ancient History. Unlike some other institutions in the UK, we give students the possibility to start from scratch, that is from the alphabet in Greek and from really basic sentences in READ MORE

If Class Were a Protected Characteristic

by Lilah Grace Canevaro, Mirko Canevaro, Henry Stead, Eris Williams-Reed The CUCD Equality and Diversity Report published in 2020 offered a valuable insight into the ‘current state of the discipline’ and has since prompted some productive actions across the UK and beyond. At the outset, the report indicated that its analysis focused on gender and READ MORE

Working-Class Classics: Myths, Stories and Experiences

Lilah Grace Canevaro and Mirko Canevaro, University of Edinburgh ‘Working-Class Classics: A Conversation’ took place on Thursday 22nd April. The event featured 10 speakers and was attended by over 60 people. The presentations were impassioned, the discussion equally so, and the sharing of war stories had a powerful impact. We heard from undergraduates, postgraduates, postdocs and READ MORE

Classics and the Unprotected Characteristic: Towards a Network of Working-Class Classicists

Lilah Grace Canevaro and Mirko Canevaro, University of Edinburgh Class is not listed as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010. Class is not necessarily visible, and it is not always talked about. But class plays a crucial role in both access to university and the university experience. The class divide is particularly evident READ MORE