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Open days

Coming to an Open Day will enable you to get the feel of the campus, meet staff and current students, as well as learn more about our degrees.

If you're thinking of applying, we encourage you attend a University Open Day or Campus Tour. For University Open Days, please scroll down on this page.

If you receive an offer from us, we will invite you to attend a Offer Holder Open Day.

Offer Holder Open days

At Offer Holder Open Days, you and your guests will meet most members of staff of the Classics department and many students over lunch and over sessions lasting a whole afternoon. You will also have the opportunity to attend one-to-one meetings with members of staff in order to discuss your personal interests, understand the structure of our degrees, and talk through any questions you may have. You will attend a talk about Warwick Classics, student presentations and a taster lecture or seminar (from a choice of three or four). The University also offers sessions which introduce you to the experience of being a student at Warwick, to fees and funding, student societies, accommodation options, etc.

Our Departmental Open Days this year have been scheduled for Wednesday 20th February, Saturday 9th March (all day), and Wednesday 24th April 2019. 

Offer-Holder Open Day Programme 2019

Wednesday 20 February 2019

9.30-11.30: ‘Warwick Experience’, Accommodation visits and Campus tours

12.00-13.00: Welcome and introductions. Why Classics at Warwick? Some of our modules in more depth.(OC1.05)

13.00-14.00: Meet staff and students over sandwich lunch (provided) (OC1.05)

(13.30-14.00) One-to-one meetings for offer-holders: find out details about the degree of your choice; (OC1.05)

14.05-14.55: Taster lectures for offer holders; Q&A with HoD and careers for parents or offer holders

Dr Conor Trainor ‘In Vino Veritas: : Making Wine in the Classical World’ (OC1.01)

Dr Emmanuela Bakola (OC1.03) ‘Nietzsche, Aristophanes’ Frogs and the afterlife of Greek Tragedy’

Dr Clare Rowan (OC1.08) ‘The amazing emperor Elagabalus’

Professor Victoria Rimell ‘Witches, rage and garlic breath: Horace Epodes 3’ (OC1.02)

Q&A session for parents with Head of Department Professor Zahra Newby and Careers at Warwick with Clare Halldron (OC0.01)

15.00-15.30: The student view. Current Classics and Ancient History students talk about their experience at Warwick. (OC1.05)

15.30-16.00: One-to-one meetings ; find out details about the degree of your choice (OC1.05)

Optional opportunity to attend Inaugural lecture by Prof Michael Scott (email thisissparta@warwick.ac.uk to confirm attendance):

5.00pm-6.00pm (attendees to be seated by 16.45) Inaugural Lecture by Professor Michael Scott ‘The Ancient World Then and Now’ (OC0.03)

Saturday 9 March 2019

Please note: On this date, there are campus and accommodation tours running all day. You can also book a 'Warwick Experience' session.

10.00-11.00: Welcome and introductions. Why Classics at Warwick? Some of our modules in more depth (OC0.02)

11.00-11.30: The student view. Current Classics and Ancient History students talk about their experience at Warwick (OC0.02)

11.30-13.00: One-to-one sessions (11.30-12.30); Meeting staff and students over lunch (provided) * (OC0.02)

13.00-14.00: Taster lectures for offer holders; Q&A with HoD and careers for parents or offer holders

Professor Michael Scott ‘Seeing, hearing and smelling in Ancient Greek sanctuaries’ (OC1.01)

Dr Conor Trainor ‘In Vino Veritas: Making Wine in the Classical World’ (OC1.04)

Dr Clare Rowan ‘The amazing emperor Elagabalus’ (OC1.09)

Professor Victoria Rimell ‘Witches, rage and garlic breath: Horace Epodes 3’ (OC1.06)

Q&A session for parents with Head of Department Professor Zahra Newby and Careers at Warwick with Clare Halldron (OC0.02)

14.00-15.00: Welcome and introductions. Why Classics at Warwick? Some of our modules in more depth (repeat of session above) (OC0.02)

15.00-15.30: The student view. Current Classics and Ancient History students talk about their experience at Warwick (repeat of session above) (OC0.02)

15.30-16.30: One-to-one sessions (OC0.02)

Wednesday 24 April 2019

9.30-11.30: ‘Warwick Experience’, Accommodation visits and Campus tours

12.00-13.00: Welcome and introductions. Why Classics at Warwick? Some of our modules in more depth. (S0.20)

13.00-14.00: Meet staff and students over sandwich lunch (provided) (S0.20)

(13.30-14.00) One-to-one meetings : find out details about the degree of your choice; (S0.18 AND S0.19)

14.05-14.55: Taster lectures for offer holders; Q&A with HoD and careers for parents or offer holders

Professor Michael Scott ‘Seeing, hearing and smelling in Ancient Greek sanctuaries’ (OC1.08)

Dr Clare Rowan (OC1.03) ‘The amazing emperor Elagabalus’

Professor Victoria Rimell ‘Witches, rage and garlic breath: Horace Epodes 3’ (OC1.02)

Q&A session for parents with Head of Department Professor Zahra Newby and Careers at Warwick with Clare Halldron (R0.14)

15.00-15.30: The student view. Current Classics and Ancient History students talk about their experience at Warwick. (LIB2)

15.30-16.00: One-to-one meetings ; find out details about the degree of your choice (LIB2)

If you are an offer holder and you cannot make it to any of these open days, it may still be possible to arrange a visit to the department, for a one-to-one session with a member of staff, or to hold a Skype conversation. If you wish to explore this possibility, please e-mail Prof Victoria Rimell (V dot Rimell at warwick dot ac dot uk).

More information about on-campus accommodation (traditionally where first year students live) is available on the Student Accommodation pages.

University Open days


The University Open days of 2018 took place on Friday 22 June 2018, Saturday 23 June 2018, Saturday 6 October 2018, and Saturday 20 October 2018. The University Open Days for 2019 are expected to take place on similar dates. The programme was the following:

10.15-11.15am: Welcome to Classics and Ancient History Session (Oculus Building, Room OC 0.03)
11.30-12.30: Taster Lectures (for students) all in the Oculus Building. Choose from:
What did the Romans know of the Chinese? Prof Michael Scott (OC 1.06)
Dido in Virgil's Aeneid: an Afroasiatic leader Dr Elena Giusti (OC 1.09)
The Allure of Greek Lyric Poetry Dr David Fearn (OC 1.08)
Finding The Minotaur: The Archaeology of Ancient Knossos Dr Conor Trainor (OC 1.07) (6th
October Open day only).
11.30-12.00: Parents Q&A with our Head of Department (for parents)
12.45-1.45pm: Welcome to Classics and Ancient History Session (repeat of session above) Oculus
Building, OC 0.04
14.15-15.15: Degree specific sessions

- Classical Civilisation / Ancient History and Classical Archaeology degrees (and their Study in
Europe versions): Oculus Building OC 0.04
- Classics / Classics and English Literature degrees (and their Study in Europe versions): Oculus
Building OC 1.06

If you have any questions or if you missed an Open Day and would like more information about the department, contact Dr Emmanuela Bakola (E dot Bakola at warwick dot ac dot uk).