Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

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University of Exeter

Exeter, Devon

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Role Managed by:

Alex Hurlow

Research Associate

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e: alex.hurlow@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 09/12/2021

University of Exeter

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

The University of Exeter is delighted to advertise a full-time, permanent lectureship in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, with an open specialism within the field, broadly conceived, which complements our existing expertise.

Classics & Ancient History

The successful candidate will join one of the largest and most thriving Classics and Ancient History departments in the world, with twenty permanent staff, ranked 6th in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2022 and 7th in the Guardian University Guide. Our research spans a wide range of specialisms, including material and visual culture, philosophy, digital humanities and classical reception, and we offer a range of single- and joint-honours undergraduate programmes in Classics, Classical Studies and Ancient History tailored to students from all backgrounds. We are proud of our commitment to offer training in ancient languages at all levels, with large numbers taking our beginners courses every year. We are equally proud of our continual commitment to expand the range and diversity of our research and curricula beyond the traditional core of the discipline.

Our research is widely recognised for its commitment to interdisciplinarity, collaboration with the arts and charity sectors, and engagement with the wider world. Our projects feed directly into UK government policy on environment and land use as well as sex education, and contribute to global wellbeing through the wide-reaching Modern Stoicism project, to the wellbeing of young trans and non-binary people, and to supporting migrants and refugees worldwide through Imagining Futures. We currently have four dynamic research Centres for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society, for Connectivity in the Roman World, for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond, and for Classical Reception. In addition staff are engaged with interdisciplinary projects and centres beyond the department such as the Sexual Knowledge Unit, the Centre for Medical History, the Global Systems Institute, the Centre for Early Modern History, and the Centre for Medieval Studies. Our research is also integrated into diverse and innovative teaching programmes, where, alongside more traditional learning and assessment forms, students have the opportunity to learn to explore creative responses to the ancient world, or how to apply Classics to contemporary issues, for instance through the Campus in Camps initiative. We have a thriving postgraduate research community of about thirty students, who run their own seminar series ExeWip, and since 1964 we have published our own departmental journal Pegasus, which has global reach.

About the role

In addition to undertaking high-quality research and appropriate admin roles, and playing a full role in the life of the Department and its relationship with the College of Humanities and the wider University, the successful candidate will be required to contribute to core teaching on our Classics and Classical Studies programmes, which includes Greek language at all levels and ancient literature both in translation and in the original. They will be able to deliver the Greek elements of our core literature modules Greek and Roman Narrative and Greek and Roman Drama (taught in translation), Greek language at beginners and intermediate levels, and Greek set texts in the original.

About you

We seek a new colleague who shares our commitment to inspirational teaching and research, to fostering and amplifying diverse and marginalised voices within Classics, to shaping a more inclusive discipline and to the benefits that our discipline can bring to the wider world. You will have:

  • A PhD and an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding
  • An active approach to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Ideally an understanding of the value of public engagement and impact work and a demonstrable commitment to delivering this.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion as set out in the recent Council of University Classics Departments report. We invite applications from with any research specialism that falls within the discipline of Classics and Ancient History, broadly conceived. We actively encourage applications from under-represented groups.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scholars, and we seek to address some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Alex Hurlow on alex.hurlow@perrettlaver.com.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 9th December 2021.



Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.

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