Established in May 1979, the A. G. Leventis Foundation is the outcome of the vision of the Cypriot entrepreneur Anastasios G. Leventis (1902-1978), who laid the bases of its focus on society, education and culture. Now in its fourth decade, the Foundation retains its adherence to these priorities, keenly supporting the dissemination of Greek and Cypriot cultural heritage, as well as extensive public benefits programs, pioneering environmental protection projects, and medical research.
We are pleased to announce that from 30th April 2019 the WCN is being supported by the generous funding of the Foundation. The A. G. Leventis Foundation will be funding Dr Paul Grigsby in his role as Research Fellow in Outreach and Impact at the University of Warwick until April 2021, and will also be funding numerous projects for the WCN and Dept. of Classics at Warwick during the coming years. These will include a special Schools Day which will be held here at the University of Warwick in November 2019.
The charity Classics For All raises funds to enable schools, many in areas of high deprivation, to study Latin, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek. They offer funding to both primary and secondary schools, often to launch classics for the first time.
Since its first grant awards in 2011, the charity has awarded a total of more than £920,000 in grants, reaching 700 schools and benefiting more than 40,000 pupils. In 2018 Classics for All aim to give out £300,000 to schools and other regional classics networks.
Classics for All provided funds for the initial creation of the WCN and organisation of the 'Emperors, Coins, Frogs and Oracles' event on 2nd July. We at the WCN aim to continue building our close relationship with Classics for All, making Warwick a central hub through which the work of Classics for All and the support for Classics teaching can be co-ordinated across Coventry, Warwickshire, and beyond.
ACE are an AHRC-funded project to extend classical-subject qualifications across the secondary sector. Under the high profile direction of Prof. Edith Hall, ACE seeks to inspire the teaching of Classics especially in State Schools. It was the offer of partnership with ACE in the organisation of our 'Emperors, Coins, Frogs and Oracles' event which led directly to the creation of the WCN.
Warwick aims to become an undisputed global leader in research, with a clear commitment towards Impact, in its broadest sense, across all of our research disciplines. Each of the Faculties has experience of, and is drawing together, new strategies and infrastructures for the support of research impact going forward. The University is committed to developing the ways in which Faculties can achieve this vision, at the individual; departmental; research centre, faculty and institutional level.
WCN has been awarded money from the Warwick Impact Fund for the development of the WCN, and for the creation of a Research Fellow position for Outreach and Impact in the Dept. of Classics and Ancient History. This funding was secured by Prof. Michael Scott, and has been invaluable in the creation of the WCN and in the organisation of our 2nd July launch event.
At Warwick, the Widening Participation team combines passion, creativity and innovation to inspire young minds and maximise their potential, through unique opportunities both in school and on campus. Their work spans many geographical reaches, supporting young people and their parents/carers to make informed decisions on a local, regional and national level.
Prof. Michael Scott was awarded funding from the Widening Participation Development Fund for the WCN project and for Outreach activities [such as the Ancient Drama festival] in the Dept of Classics and Ancient History. This funding was crucial to the organisation of our 2nd July launch event.