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Lincoln College

CAAH fellowship

Safeguarding Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln


The Background

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History has a distinguished pedigree at Lincoln. The College has held the Lincoln Professorship in Classical Archaeology since 1885, and distinguished incumbents have included Sir John Beazley and Sir John Boardman.The present chair, Professor R.R.R.Smith,is an international authority on the art and visualcultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and leads the archaeological survey of Aphrodisias in modern-day Turkey.

In recent years, the College has been able to establish itself as one of the leaders in CAAH in the University.When our long-serving and greatly admired Tutor in Classics, Mr Nigel Wilson, retired in 2002, the University was unable to provide funding to continue the post. Instead,thanks to the generous bridging funds provided by an alumnus,Lincoln was able to take advantage of the growth in popularity of CAAH and attract a new Tutorial Fellowship in this area, now held by Dr Maria Stamatopoulou. The advantages of this new post are that it enables Lincoln to provide strength in depth to its students. Not only do we have a Chair and Tutorial Fellowship in the subject,but we also have secured funding for a Research Fellowship in Classical Palaeography and a College Lecturer in Ancient History. As a result, we attract the strongest applications for undergraduates in CAAH, taking four new students each year, and also take on up to 10 graduate students per year, many working with Professor Smith and his colleagues. In 2010 we established an annual archaeological exchange with Macerata University in Italy. Our archaeologists are a lively bunch, and organise a number of events, including in-house talks for Lincoln undergraduates and graduates and a regular seminar series with their colleagues in Brasenose.

The Challenge

The tutorial system is at the heart of the Lincoln education.The intimacy of small group teaching with one or two peers is almost unique now to Oxford and Cambridge,and even here is under threat as the cost of providing it vastly outstrips our income from fees and grants. Tutorial posts at Lincoln are jointly funded by the College and the University. However neither part has a specific endowment to fund the post,which means that should the post become vacant,it is likely to fall victim to cutbacks in humanities funding.

At Lincoln,we have worked to ensure that we are able to provide this residential, tutorial-based education.We've done this in large part through careful management of our expenditure and diligent stewardship of our finances. Fundraising has also played a significant role,particularly in enabling the College to improve its accommodation and facilities without drawing on its own resources. As a result,our endowment has grown over the past ten years to around £60m.

However,this still leaves us vulnerable to losing posts,and we are therefore particularly keen to provide specific endowments that will protect our posts in core subjects. Fundraising is key to this,and where possible we collaborate with other parts of the University to maximise the effect. 

The Opportunity

In response to the crisis in funding humanities teaching posts,the University and Colleges have come up with an innovative and attractive funding scheme.

Thanks to a generous grant from Oxford University Press,the University has been able to create a pool of funds which can be used to match College donations towards endowed posts in the humanities.

In Lincoln's case, our Tutorial Fellowship in CAAH has been selected for the matched funding. The total endowment required to fund the post in perpetuity is £2m. In order to qualify for matched funding,Lincoln must raise £600k, to which the Department of Classics and the University will add the remaining £1.4m.

This is a remarkable opportunity to safeguard the teaching of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln. It will be available only until 2013, although gift instalments may be made until 2015.

The Fellowship Club

We very much hope that Lincoln's alumni and friends will want to support this appeal. The gift table below shows how we hope to achieve our goal.

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Donors making a gift of £10,000 or more to this appeal will be invited to join the Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Fellowship Club. This Club will provide an opportunity to meet our Fellows and students in CAAH once a year for a lunch or dinner. While the format may vary,we would expect it to include a short talk from either a Fellow or a student,or a guided visit to the Ashmolean Museum, as part of the event. We will also provide members with a list of relevant lecture and events taking place in Oxford that may be of interest.

All gifts are gratefully received;these can include gifts of stocks and shares as well as regular and single donations. Donors resident in the UK, USA. Canada and Hong Kong can all make gifts to Lincoln tax-efficiently.The Development Office will be pleased to advise on the best means of making your gift.

Clearly,our hope is that we will achieve the full £600,000 required to qualify for the matched funding. However should our fundraising fall short, the monies raised will still be retained in a dedicated endowment for CAAH, ensuring that Lincoln can continue to teach this subject.