Research and Public Policy Partnership

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Research Fellow in Classics Education and Principal Investigator of the Classics in Communities project, will work directly with the Department for Education as part of a University of Oxford/Policy Profession Research and Public Policy Partnership. She has been awarded funding (£4925) by the Higher Education Innovation Fund to share her research evidence, academic knowledge and professional expertise with policymakers regarding the learning and teaching of ancient languages in primary and secondary schools. This collaboration will inform the implementation of the government’s EBacc languages policy and will explore ways to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on language teaching.

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Last Supper in Pompeii

The exhibition runs until 12th January 2020. Full details here:

Dr Mai Musié wins the Classical Association Prize 2019


In the awards ceremony on 7th July, Classics in Communities co-founder Dr Mai Musié was awarded the Classical Association prize 2019. This was given in recognition of her outstanding efforts to raise the profile of Classics in the public eye. Her efforts to do so include not only the Classics in Communities project, but also her work on the Ge’ez Manuscripts from Ethiopia and Eritrea. In her acceptance speech, Mai thanked all those people who have supported her success including colleagues in Oxford Classics, friends, family and her current colleagues in the Knowledge Exchange Team.

Mai, we are so proud of you!

To see a list of former Classical Association prize-winners, click here.


On Saturday 30th March, friends and supporters of the Classics in Communities project gathered at the Faculty of Classics in Oxford to celebrate the publication of Forward with Classics. The editors, Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Steven Hunt and Dr Mai Musié were delighted that so many contributors to the book were able to join them for an afternoon of Classics and cake.

Dr Llewelyn Morgan (Brasenose College, University of Oxford) was the first keynote speaker. He welcomed everyone to the Faculty of Classics and provided some background to the project and its foundation within the Faculty of Classics in Oxford. Llewelyn highlighted the chapters by Emma Searle and Lorna Robinson which showcase two of the efforts being undertaken by the University of Oxford and its partners to widen access to the study of Classics in its local communities: the OXLAT scheme and the East Oxford Classics Centre. He also introduced the book's editors.

Arlene, Mai and Steve then provided a strategic overview of the achievements of the Classics in Communities project so far. Three contributors brought us up to date on developments since they wrote their chapters: John Bulwer (Euroclassica), Olivia Sanchez (St Paul’s Way Trust School) and Dr Aisha Khan-Evans (King’s College London).

The second keynote speaker (and contributor to the book) was Professor Edith Hall (King’s College London) who praised the editors for capturing innovative practice in Classics education around the globe, spanning the northern and southern hemispheres. Edith said that she was delighted to see chapters co-written by academics and teachers: an indication of the valuable lessons we can all learn when we discuss pedagogical approaches across traditional transitional phases.

Arlene outlined the next steps for the project and explained the need to secure additional funding to realise these ambitions.

The day ended with a drinks reception, cake cutting and book signing. Commissioning editor from Bloomsbury Academic Alice Wright was particularly delighted because every copy of the book was sold!

Particular thanks are due to Dr Audrey Cahill, Qasim Alli and Paul Sawyer in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford, without whom the event would not have been possible.

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2-2.30pm Registration and refreshments

2.30-2.45pm Welcome: Dr Llewelyn Morgan

2.45-3.15pm An overview of the achievements of the Classics in Communities project - editors

3.15-3.30pm One primary teacher’s foray into Classical languages

3.30-4pm An update from contributors

4.00-4.20pm Closing remarks: Prof. Edith Hall

An update on Classics and Class project, and where next for Classics in Communities?

4.30-5.30pm Drinks reception and book signing

Forward With Classics Lunchtime Seminar

A Book at Lunchtime seminar with Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Steven Hunt, Dr Mai Musié, Dr Peter Jones (Co-founder, Classics for All), Dr Alex Pryce (Head of Student Recruitment, Oxford), Chaired by Professor Fiona Macintosh (St Hilda's Oxford).