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Who can help me?

Your administrator is Stephanie Dutton, the Undergraduate Programmes Administrator and your first port of call. Alex Balčiūnas is the Postgraduate (MA) administrator. Robbie Macaulay is the Departmental Manager.

Stephanie and Alex are usually based in the Departmental Office (Room G05, ground floor, Gordon House) on Monday to Wednesdays from 10a.m-4p.m. On other days you can contact them by email, phone or Teams. 

For more academic queries please contact your Personal Tutor. Every student has a Personal Tutor, whom they meet several times each year (if you are unsure who your Personal Tutor is, please check Portico or contact Stephanie Dutton).

In addition, there are tutors for all degree programmes. Dr Antony Makrinos is the Classics Tutor. Dr Peter Agócs is the Ancient World Tutor. Dr Mark Weeden is the Latin/Greek and English and Joint Degrees Tutor. Together they offer pastoral and degree related help to Classics, Ancient World and Joint Honours students.

All members of staff hold two student consultation and feedback hours every week, when you can see them (e.g. if you have questions about particular modules) with an appointment. 
 

When are UCL term dates?
  • These are listed on the UCL website and in our Moodle site 'G&L Undergraduate Handbook'.
  • Terms 1 and 2 are teaching terms. Term 3 is mainly devoted to exams. The first week of the academic session (Term 1) is Induction Week for incoming, new first-year students. Teaching does not start until the second week of Term 1.
  • The dates of reading weeks and UCL closure dates are also listed.
Which modules can I take?

The Undergraduate page lists all available Greek and Latin modules (see 'Modules for 2021-22').

Modules beginning CLAS- indicate modules in English translation, those beginning GREK- indicate modules in Ancient Greek and LATN- modules indicate modules in Latin. Please note that some modules run in alternate years, e.g. CLAS0011 Greek Tragedy alternates with CLAS0136 Greek Comedy; CLAS0036 Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics alternates with CLAS0141 Early Greek Philosophy. Language courses and compulsory modules run every year.

You can also take modules in the Department of History or the Institute of Archaeology relating to the ancient world.

If you wish to take modules outside those covering ancient world topics, you should consult your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor can also provide guidance on which modules to choose from the Greek and Latin modules to create a coherent study programme for you.

How do I confirm the modules I want to take?

You will initially be asked to complete an Opinio survey of your module choices. Thus can check that you have chosen modules appropriate to your degree and year of study. You need to take 120 credits per year, ideally spread over both teaching terms.

You will then complete your module registration via Portico - please read the Student User Guide first. Modules which do not agree with your Opinio choices may be rejected; so please make sure you liaise with us (contact the Undergraduate Administrator) if your selections change.

How do I change a module I have previously confirmed I want to take?
  • It is generally not possible for you to change modules once they have been confirmed. If for some reason you have a problem and need to do this, consult your personal tutor and then email classics.office@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Please check your module summary on Portico. It is extremely important that it is correct - if not, you will be registered for the wrong exams.
How can I find out information on plagiarism, attendance, late coursework submission and overlength penalties?

Almost all the information you need is in our Greek & Latin Undergraduate Handbook.

What about Careers?

The Department takes careers guidance very seriously and encourages students from the first year of their degree programme to take advantage of advice from the UCL Careers Service and opportunities for work experience and internship. Dr Antony Makrinos is the Department's Careers Liaison Officer and Nicole Estwick is our contact within the UCL Careers Service. The Department has a Careers dedicated Moodle page and holds a range of one-off Careers sessions in terms 1 and 2, including a Careers Forum in November, which involves Departmental alumni talking about their careers.

For the schedule of activities please see 'What are Skills Sessions' below.

When and how do I receive assesment results?

Module tutors will return essays to you with the marks and comments of the first marker four weeks after the coursework submission date during term-time via the Departmental Office. (Please note that these marks are provisional and depend upon second marker and external examiner scrutiny.) The Undergraduate Programmes Administrator will email individual feedback to you.

Is there a Common Room?

Yes - the Department of Greek and Latin has an Undergraduate and a Postgraduate Common Room. The Undergraduate Common Room is Room G10 on the ground floor of Gordon House. This is where your pigeon-holes are located - please check them regularly for correspondence. There are computers you can use at the back of the room and a printer. Please inform classics.office@ucl.ac.uk if any of the computers (or indeed anything else) is not working and she will arrange for them to be repaired.

What do I do if I have a problem with my email account or any other computing problem?

You can telephone, email or visit the Information Services Helpdesk.  You can also connect to Eduroam, UCL's Wifi service.  Please consult the Student Guide.

Kitchen use and drinking water on the ground floor of Gordon House.

Unfortunately, the kitchen is too small to allow undergraduate students to use it. However, there are many cafes and eating places at UCL and in the UCL Union.

Students are welcome to use the Bili tap in the kitchen in order to obtain drinking water while rules on increased hygiene and social distancing have to be observed. 

Can I take part in the annual Greek Play?

We would be delighted if you did. The Greek Play is performed in translation in February every year, usually in UCL's own theatre, the Bloomsbury Theatre. Invitations for productions are invited and students vote for their favourite nomination every spring, and then details are circulated. Apart from acting roles, there are lots of opportunities to get involved backstage too. Dr Giovanna Di Martino is the academic mentor for the Greek play.

What about equal opportunities?

The Department of Greek and Latin was given a bronze award in the 2014 Gender Equality Charter Mark trial. UCL has a policy of zero tolerance towards sexual harassment. The Department currently holds a Athena Swan Bronze Award from November 2018 to 2024. Stephanie Dutton is the Department's Inclusion Lead. If you have any questions, or you think you have been a victim of sexual harrassment or discrimination, please contact Stephanie in the first instance.

Do I have to use my UCL email address?

Yes - the Department will always email you, using your UCL email address. It is a UCL requirement that students check their UCL email in-box regularly.

None of the above answers my question. What do I do now?

Much more specific information regarding all aspects of study at UCL is contained with our Greek and Latin Undergraduate Handbook. Please email Stephanie or Robbie if you are having any difficutlies locating information.

What are Skills Sessions?

You may note some one-off events in your timetable. These are 'Skills Sessions', which we provide to all students; they are not compulsory but will enhance academic, personal wellbeing and future-career support of all students. 

How Green is our Department?

We are committed to doing our best for the environment. Please don't waste paper and print and copy double-sided, wherever possible. Please save energy by switching off lights, computers and heaters when you leave a room or stop using a computer. The Department takes part in the annual Green Impact awards programme, which is a programme to initiate Green change, and is currently holding a Gold Award. We have a noticeboard dedicated to Environmental Sustainability on the ground floor opposite the accessible toilet which is updated regularly.

More information about UCL Sustainability and Greek and Latin Green Impact is available on our Sustainability website.

I am taking modules at another institution or I am coming from another institution to take a Greek and Latin module. What do I enter in Portico?

Here below is a list of codes have been used by students in our Department over the past three years. If your intended module is not listed do not worry, it just means that UCL will need to set up such a code and you should use the relevant Intercollegiate Placeholder code in the meantime (see the very bottom of this section).

Intercollegiate Codes Map

Institution Module CodeUCL version of Module NameUCL Module Code
6AANB039King's College: Gender and PhilosophyXKCL0025
5AACHI50King's College: The Late Roman World, AD337-425XKCL0069
5AAH2001King's College: Friends. Political Bonds in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy (1300-1550)XKCL0108
5AAH2008King's College: British Economic History, 1700-1939XKCL0110
5AAH2022King's College: The Black DeathXKCL0116
6AANB055King's College: Philosophy of RaceXKCL0151
6AANB029King's College: Mathematical Logic: Limitative ResultsXKCL0209
5AANB053King's College: Philosophy of Physics I: Space and TimeXKCL0211
6AANB054King's College: Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum MechanicsXKCL0212
5AANCF01King's College: Women Thinkers in Antiquity and the Middle AgesXKCL0213
6AAH3069King's College: Young Lives: Growing up in London, Melbourne and Sydney, 1870-1970 (I)XKCL0235
6AAH3070King's College: Young Lives: Growing up in London, Melbourne and Sydney, 1870-1970 (II)XKCL0236
6AAH3073King's College: Love and Fear: Political Thought and the Passions in Italy (I)XKCL0237
6AAH3074King's College: Love and Fear: Political Thought and the Passions in Italy (II)XKCL0238
5AACHI10King's College: Roman LondonXKCL0247
5AACLT02King's College: Introductory Latin Texts II (Verse)XKCL0248
6AACHI62King's College: The Fall of the Roman EmpireXKCL0249
6AACH16AKing's College: Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid EmpireXKCL0250
5AACHI40King's College: From Tiberius to Domitian: The Rise of the Roman EmpireXKCL0251
5AAH2005King's College: Crime and The Law, 1500-1750XKCL0253
5AACTL25King's College: Who Needs Myth?XKCL0259

Intercollegiate Placeholder Codes

If you are taking a module at another institution but UCL haven't yet created a code as per the list above you can use the following codes while the specific module code is being created. As you cannot enter the same code twice on Portico, if, for example, you are taking two 15 credit modules at another institution you should enter the 30 credit placeholder code.

UCL Placeholder CodeDescription
XCOL000215 credit placeholder
XCOL000430 credit placeholder
XCOL000645 credit placeholder

Intercollegiate Module Applications

If you wish to undertake an intercollegiate module please download the appropriate form (KCL) which you should return to classics.office@ucl.ac.uk for approval.

If you are a student from another institution please complete the online UCL Intercollegiate Registration Form. Please ensure you have the relevant approval from your home institution as well as the UCL teaching department (Greek and Latin) before submitting this form. A student record will be created for you and you will automatically be added to the module.