Council of University Classical Departments | CUCD


Welcome to CUCD Bulletin, the forum for raising, reflecting on and debating issues of academic and professional significance for UK classics teachers (of all sorts – ECRs, PhD students, in-post academics, visiting lecturers, hourly-paid staff etc.)

From April 2021, the role of editor is being shared between Dr Abigail Buglass and Dr Cressida Ryan. We welcome pieces of various shapes – from short reports on pedagogical events / projects, through to longer, reflective articles. Recent issues have included obituaries celebrating the lives of late colleagues. Each number is crowned by the statistics on student numbers. Do contact us if you would like to offer a piece or suggest a topic. We publish throughout the year, building up to a publication ‘moment’ each winter. Please stay in touch on Twitter at @cucdbulletin.

Dr Abigail Buglass is currently on maternity leave. Please address all enquiries relating to the Bulletin to Dr Cressida Ryan until further notice.

Abigail BluglassDr Abigail Buglass

As a university lecturer and a former school teacher, I have a strong interest in the transition from school to university study of classical subjects, and how this intersects with the experiences, attainment, and diversity of UK classical students. I am a Lecturer in Latin Literature and Language at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and my research considers the reception of didactic and epic poetry, especially Lucretius and Virgil, in antiquity up to modernity. As a keen translator of ancient texts I am also fascinated by the pedagogical issues encountered in teaching students to read the ancient languages. @abibuglass


Cressida RyanDr Cressida Ryan

Previously I have been a school teacher and Classics outreach officer. I am presently teaching Greek in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University. I research language pedagogy, the reception of Sophocles in the Early Modern Period, and Early Modern Neo-Latin drama. @cressidaryan





Back issues: Bulletin 24 (1995) – Bulletin 46 (2017)

Bulletin 50 (2021)

Nicola Ernst, Julius Guthrie and Josh Littell, Pegasus Flies Onward

Steven Hunt and Arlene Holmes-Henderson, A level Classics poverty

Werner Eck, Anthony R. Birley (1937-2020)

Roland Meyer, E.J. (Ted) Kenney (1924-2019)

Abigail Buglass, Rhiannon Easterbrook, and Cressida Ryan, The Place of Languages in Classical Study and Research: discussion

Emma Woolerton, Neil Hopkinson (1957-2021)

Cora Beth Fraser,Introducing ‘Asterion’: a new initiative celebrating Neurodiversity in Classics

William Mack, Andrew Barker (1943-2021)

Barbara Goff, Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Jenny Messenger, and Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, Inclusive Classics Initiative. Report on ‘Towards a More Inclusive Classics II’ International Workshop organised by Professor Barbara Goff and Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Alexandra Morris and Debby Sneed, interviewed by Cressida Ryan, Discussing the new brief guide to disability theory and terminology in the ancient world

2019-20 Statistics

Bulletin 49 (2020)

Steven Hunt, School Qualifications in Classical Subjects in the UK

Helen Lovatt, Emergency online teaching help and suggestions

Hardeep Singh Dhindsa, What Studying Classics Taught me about my Relationship with Western Civilisation

Eleanor Dickey, Jasper Griffin (1937-2019)

Helen Lovatt, Language (and other) assessments in the time of COVID-19

Carol Atack and Greg Gilles, Supporting graduates and precarious academics at the start of the Coronavirus crisis

Miguel Carvalho Abrantes, Why Study Classics?

Paula James, Laurie Wilson (1926-2020)

Cheryl Morgan, Queering the Classics

Stephen Mitchell and Paul Cartledge, Anton Powell (1947-2020)

Graham Shipley and Paul Millett, Duncan Cloud (1930-2020)

Barbara Goff and Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, Inclusive Classics Initiative

John Rich and Stephen Hodkinson, John Salmon (1942-2020)

Aimee Merrydew, The History UK Pandemic Pedagogy Initiative: An Introduction for Classicists

Bruce Gibson, Jonathan Foster (1938-2020)

Robin Barber, J.J. (Jim) Coulton (1940-2020)

Matthew Leigh, Miriam Griffin (1935-2018)

Bulletin 48 (2019)

Josephine Quinn, After San Diego: Reflections on Racism in Classics

Irene Salvo, LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, Activism

Naoíse Mac Sweeney et al, Claiming the Classical: The Greco-Roman World in Contemporary Political Discourse

Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, Equality and Diversity in Classics Teaching in St Andrews

Neville Morley, Open Access: Current Developments

Helen Lovatt, Taking over as Chair of CUCD

Matthew Mordue, Reaching Out via Pliny: Classical Civilisation lessons for London school students at the University of Roehampton

Victoria Leonard, Editing Ancient and Medieval Women Historians into Wikipedia

Peter Thonemann, Gender, Subject Preference, and Editorial Bias in Classical Studies, 2001–2019

Arthur Pomeroy, Matthew Trundle (1965 – 2019)

Emma Bridges, Public Engagement with Classics Research in the UK: A Survey

Elena Theodorakopoulos, Niall Livingstone (1966 – 2019)

2018-19 Statistics

Bulletin 47 (2018)

Chair’s Report 2018

Christine Plastow, Staff-Student Partnerships in Pedagogy and Research-Based Education: Lessons for Classics

Daniel Ogden, Research-led Teaching in Classics

Cressida Ryan, Teaching Ancient Greek for a Theology Faculty

Douglas Cairns and Keith Rutter, Obituary for Gordon Howie

James Robson and Mair E Lloyd, A Survey of Beginner’s Language Teaching in UK Classics Departments: Ancient Greek

Mair E Lloyd and James Robson, A Survey of Beginner’s Language Teaching in UK Classics Departments: Latin

Effrosyni Kostara, Diversity and the Study of the Ancient World: Event Report

Alan M Greaves, Putting the ‘T’, the ‘Q’ and the ‘I’ into LGBTQI Classics: An example of museum-based learning

Constantine Cristoforou and Kathryn Tempest, Classics after the Classroom

Dominic Rathbone, Jane Rowlandson (1953-2018)

2017-18 Statistics