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Training and Development

Departmental Postgraduate Induction

Incoming students:

PhD and MAR:

The department will hold an online welcome session via Teams on Wednesday, 30 September, 9-10am, which will be accessible to all our offer-holders, including those based abroad.

New PG student can arrive up to five weeks after the start of term in the case of international travel issues. For more information about the practicalities of starting at Warwick this October see this page.

Do you need information on registering, and other useful tips? see the University's Welcome Pages. For our Taught MA programmes, please contact Dr Eris Williams Reed (convenor of Ancient Visual and Material Culture) or Prof Victoria Rimell (Ancient Literature and Thought) to discuss your options. For research degrees, please contact your supervisor (if you don't know who this is, email the Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Caroline Petit).

The Department provides a full induction into subject-specific research methods and techniques to all research students in the course of their first year. The programme below also incorporates the sessions provided by CADRE, which are compulsory for all new PhD students.

Attendance at Induction sessions (as appropriate for year of study) and Work-in-Progress seminars is required for all Research Postgrads. Please note that certain sessions are formal engagement monitoring points.

Induction programme (mandatory for new PGRs):

-Welcome & Induction, Dr. Caroline Petit (DGS), ONLINE Wednesday 30 September 2020, 9-10am.

-Library Induction session, Chris Vernon (Classics Librarian) ONLINE Thursday 8 October 2020, 11-12am

-Ancient Epigraphy: Induction to Resources, Dr. Eris Williams-Reed, Thursday 15 October 2020, 10-12am, Room S.0.20

-Ancient Coinage: Induction to Resources, Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper, Thursday 19 November 2020, 10-12am, Room S.0.20

-Texts and Transmission, Dr Caroline Petit, TBC (term 2)

- (optional) Museum Trip TBC (term 2)

***optional: new PGR students are welcome to attend Prof. Zahra Newby's introductory seminars to ancient art on 22 and 29 October 2020 (part of the MAT core module), if they so wish. Please register your interest with by October 5, 2020.

***Alternatively, you may attend one of the Ancient Literature and Thought seminars.

Academic German Class (Dr Daniel Hall)

This year, German classes will be scheduled on a weekly basis from week 7 in term 1 to the end of term 2.

Beginners classes: Tuesdays 10-12, weeks 7-10 (term 1)

Intermediate classes: Mondays 10-12, weeks 8 and 10 (then weekly in term 2)

For other language training needs, please contact your supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Please see also the University’s Skills Programme:

Work in progress seminars:

In 2020/21, the Work in Progress Seminar (WiP) will take place on Wednesdays from 2pm. In term 1, all sessions will be held ONLINE. Please see this term's program here. Attendance is mandatory for all PGRs.

Classics PhD lunchtime talks:

A series of informal, career-oriented talks for current PhD students. Those who recently finished their PhDs are welcome, too! The talks take place online via Teams.

Eris Williams-Reed, 'Approaching the Academic Job Market', Wednesday 13 January 2021, 12.30-1.30 

Elena Giusti, 'Equality and Inclusivity in Classics', Wednesday 20 January 2021, 12.30-1.30

Amy Coker, 'A Personal Perspective from 10 years beyond the PhD', Wednesday 27 January 2021, 12.30-1.30

Kate Courage, 'A Librarian's Career', Tuesday 11 February 2021, 1-2pm (joint event with the CSR)

Aileen Das, ‘Alternative Classics: Navigating the Job Market as a Minoritized Person with Minoritized Interests’, Wednesday 24 February 2021, 3-4pm (please note unusual time)

Paul Grigsby, tbc

Paloma Pérez-Galvan, tbc

CADRE 2020/21

Faculty-wide training are organised by the Doctoral College via CADRE.

In 2020/21, all sessions will be held online. This year's programme will be published shortly.

Sessions take place on Wednesday mornings, from 11 to 1pm. Dates for your diary (term 1): 7 and 21 October; 4 and 18 November; and 2 December.

Other Skills training:

Academic Writing Programme

A series of sessions are held by the University to support academic writing skills. See the webpage for details.

Masters Skills Programme

ITS training sessions

IATL postgraduate interdisciplinary modules
The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) will be holding courses on

Italian, English and/or Latin palaeography

Latin for Research in the Humanities

If any of these are of interest to you, please get in touch with Dr Caroline Petit (DGS for the CSR) to find out more details.

Further Postgraduate Training Opportunities

Students are also encouraged to attend the extensive programmes laid on by the Faculty and University: