The threat to the department of Classics at Leeds mainly took place during 2010 and 2011, before this blog really got off the ground. Since then, the department have been working behind the scenes to agree a solution which would provide long-term stability for them. It was thus with great pleasure that I saw the latest announcement about that conversation, from which I provide the incipit here:
As followers of this blog will know, the Department of Classics at Leeds has been under university review since August 2010, and its future has been subject to varying degrees of uncertainty ever since.
Today, however, the University has formally approved a plan for Classics to exit the review process. From 1st August 2014 the Department is to be integrated into our School of Modern Languages and Cultures: the School is to be renamed ‘of Languages, Cultures and Societies’, the better to reflect the wide range of its research specialisms; within the School, Classics will be administratively partnered with Italian.
This means that the threat to job security has been lifted, and we are now in a position to plan positively for the future. Indeed, we will shortly be advertising at least one new permanent post. We look forward to benefiting from the economies of scale in administrative and support structures which integration into the larger unit will bring, and to exploring the exciting potential for collaborative research and teaching with our new modern-linguist colleagues.
You can read the full post, with more details, here.