Update on progress – revised College proposals

In response to the campaign to save Classics at Royal Holloway, and to the proposals put forward by the Department, the College has made some revisions to its proposals for the future of Classics.  In particular the BA Classics is to be retained and the importance of advanced teaching in classical languages has been explicitly recognised.  A reduction of staff numbers is still proposed, but it would be a loss of 4 posts rather than 6.   The revised proposal for staff numbers is based on an assumption that we will be admitting 50 undergraduates for our classical degree programmes.  The merger with History is also still proposed but the suggestion now is that there would be a ‘School of History and Classics’ with a ‘subject leader’ for Classics.  The proposal to move the Philosophy staff, including the Ancient Philosophy post, to the Department of Politics and International Relations has not been changed, nor has the proposal to move our Research Professor entirely to the Department of English.

Discussions within the College continue, and we hope for further progress.  We are very pleased that we can continue to welcome applications through UCAS for 2012 for ALL our current degree programmes.

Anne Sheppard

Head of Department

3 October 2011

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