Department of Classics

Classics student life

Nottingham campus and city

Nottingham is famous for its rich history and links with Robin Hood, but you'll also find a modern city offering national and international venues for music, art, sport, nightlife festivals and food. 

Nottingham’s compact city centre and tram system make it easy to get around while the Peak District and other rural highlights are not far away.

University Park is an exceptionally green campus with gardens and lake, located just two miles from the city centre.

Laura Theobald (MA History) discusses student life at Nottingham from a postgraduate perspective.


The department has a thriving students' Society.

ClasSoc is a lively society which organises social events, museum trips and an annual trip to Italy (Rome, Verona, Pompeii or Venice). Enjoy meeting like-minded people and get involved with organising it! You can find out more about what the society gets up to by visiting their Facebook page.

ClasSoc Rome trip
ClasSoc members in Rome on their annual trip to Italy


Other Student Union clubs and societies

Our students are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular societies among the hundreds offered by the Students’ Union.

These societies, organisations, student groups, community projects and campaigns enable students to have fun, get to know new people, and gain valuable skills and experience.

In recent years, our students have been involved in:

Visit the Students Union for a full list of societies.

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own when you get here...?!




The Department of Classics offers many great opportunities to volunteer while at University.

NoCOut: Nottingham Classics Out and About

NoCOut is our outreach programme, taking Classics beyond the University into the local community. It is open to student volunteers with any connection to the department or to the study of Classics. Our main community activities each year are:

  • After-school clubs in local primary schools: We run both Latin clubs and Greeks & Romans clubs in conjunction with the University’s Widening Participation team.
  • One-off sessions for local Cubs: These are on any aspect of the Classical world. The emphasis is less on teaching and more on doing or making things. Roman sessions with the cubs in 2013-14 covered the topics of mosaics and gladiators.
  • Promoting classics at the University’s annual Wonder Festival (open day for the community): The Department has a stall with children’s activities, informative posters and a display of students’ project-work. Activities in the last few years have included making mosaics, Jason & the Argonauts story-telling, Daedalus & Icarus paper aeroplanes and Gorgon face-painting.

Jo Slattery with her primary school Latin pupilsJo Slattery, Classics BA (first year) teaches Latin to seven-year olds at Firbeck primary school as part of our NoCOut programme. 



Classical City

You will see Nottingham's classical heritage everywhere, from the motto of our own Trent building to the city's Market Square.

Highlights in the city and surroundings with classical interest include:

  • University of Nottingham Museum, with its focus on Roman life and Samian ware.
  • Wollaton Hall, a spectacular Elizabethan mansion with Neo-Classical architecture (used as Wayne Manor in the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises).
  • Kedleston Hall, a National Trust property used as a key location for The Duchess staring Keira Knightley, which has a fine collection of Neo-classical sculpture.
  • The nearby town of Southwell, where the Department of Archaeology are excavating a Roman settlement.
  • Margidunum, a Roman camp halfway between Leicester and Lincoln.

Nottingham Castle Museum

The Department of Classics has developed close links with the Nottingham Castle Museum and Galleries (NCMG), which hold an important collection of artefacts from the ancient Roman sanctuary of Diana at Nemi in Italy.

Students have been involved in the collections as volunteers or assistants on research projects led by Dr Katharina Lorenz, particularly in conjunction with our Digital Humanities Centre, where students can gain valuable experience in using digital tools.

Plans are currently underway for a new catalogue for the Nemi collection and an international research project, led by Dr Lorenz.

It has been very exciting to work with our students on this great collection of material and see them gain in experience, skills and employability. I am really looking forward to further developing our links with the Nottingham Castle Museum, for all the opportunities this will offer our students with hands-on experience of museum studies, research, marketing and digital media. 


Dr Katharina Lorenz, Associate Professor in Classical Studies



Summer Schools in Latin and Greek

There are numerous Greek, Latin and Classics Summer Schools throughout the UK and Ireland that you can participate in.



New Theatre

The Nottingham New Theatre is the only entirely student run theatre in the country and is very popular with our students.

The theatre stages an in-house production every week of term and a further 10 throughout the year in their emerging external season. They are unique in this respect, offering hundreds of on and off-stage roles

New Theatre students talk about their collaboration with the Lakeside Arts Centre

The New Theatre



Department of Classics

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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