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PhD Opportunities

The department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick is currently seeking expressions of interest for students looking to undertake doctoral study. The department has research expertise in Greek and Latin literature, ancient Greek drama, numismatics, the medical humanities and Greco-Arabic studies, epigraphy, ancient space, as well as Greek and Roman history and material culture more broadly. An overview of our research clusters can be found at Individual staff profiles can be found at The department has a lively research environment, with weekly seminars and training activities during term time and conferences throughout the year.
Interested students are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor or Clare Rowan, Director of Graduate Studies ( to begin to develop project proposals as soon as possible; better developed proposals generally are more successful in obtaining funding.
An online information event presenting PhD study at Warwick will be held on 1 December 4-5pm. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at
If you prefer to come onto our campus to find out more about PhD study, please get in contact with Clare Rowan ( for further details.
There are several funding schemes available for PhD funding at Warwick:
AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK and International applicants
Deadline for funding applications: 12 January 2022 (noon UK time) by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted via the Midlands4Cities online reference form. 

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit:
An online applicant workshop for M4C applications to Warwick will be held on Saturday 13th November. Details are on the 'Apply' page of the M4C site. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.
The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.
M4C is awarding up to 93 doctoral studentships for UK and international applicants for 2022 through an open competition and Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) working with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.
Chancellor’s International Scholarship for International Applicants (including EU) (deadline to be announced, but normally in January)
These are scholarships awarded from Warwick to the most outstanding international and EU PhD applicants. The scholarship includes tuition fees (worth up to £24,010 in 2021/2022) and a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (£15,285 for full time award holders in 2021/22), as well as a research, training and support grant (this year this was £5,000).
We also manage modest departmental bursaries to support PhD study (deadline 30th April 2022), and a fuller list of funding available at Warwick can be found at

Congratulations to Elena Giusti

We are delighted to report that Elena Giusti has been awarded Warwick SU Transforming Education Award for Inclusive Teaching. The award is for an individual staff member who has developed their teaching and learning to be inclusive of all experiences. The nomination noted that Elena has 'created a pioneering module promoting the decolonization of classics. Well done and well deserved!!

Watch the announcement on video here.

Remembering Poppy Richards

We are deeply saddened by the news that our former student Poppy Richards passed away last month and wish to pass on our condolences to her family and friends. Poppy graduated in 2015 and was a much-loved member of the Classics and Ancient History community. She was diagnosed with brain cancer at the end of her second year, and despite ongoing treatment she managed to finish her degree.

Although her health prevented her from ever taking on full time work, she had several part-time jobs and worked as a volunteer for charities including the Princes Trust, Willow and Cats Protection. She also volunteered with her local police. In recent years she put her love of language to good use with various proof reading and editing roles for both charities and academic papers.

Poppy was the first person in the UK to receive some innovative cancer drugs and her treatment was the subject of a number of medical research projects. Sadly, this year, the doctors ran out of options to keep the cancer at bay.

We remember Poppy in particular for her positive outlook on life and her commitment to completing her degree despite her medical treatment. She was a great ambassador for our subject and will be very much missed by all who knew her.

If anyone would like to make a donation in Poppy’s memory, her family have chosen three different small charities that were important to her. Visit -, scroll down a bit to “Make a Donation” then type in Poppy’s name. All three of the charities have completed the necessary HMRC forms so they can claim gift aid.

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New Coin of the Month Blog: A Flavian Token in the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

For May's coin of the month Clare Rowan blogs about a Flavian token now in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. Read about it here.

Prof Michael Scott wins Classical Association Prize 2021

Professor Michael Scott of the Warwick Classics Department has been awarded the 2021 Classical Association Prize, awarded each year 'to an individual who has done the most to raise the profile of Classics in the public eye.' He will be presented with the award by Natalie Haynes at this year's online CA Conference 6-8th April 2021.

You can register to watch the prize-giving, as well as the rest of the conference, for free here:

More about Michael's work can be found in this article:

Michael has also written a blog about receiving the award:

More about the award, alongside previous winners, can be found here:

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