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I'm trying to determine which colleges provide the best teaching in Classics. Ideally, that would be from something like the results of a departmental Norrington table equivalent. I suspect I won't be able to get my hands on that information, though.

In the absence of that, I'm looking for feedback about the particular Classics faculties, beyond what's available on-line, like their publications and research interests. I have no doubt that they're all brilliant academics, but that doesn't necessarily translate to being inspiring or effective teachers. The colleges that I already have my eye on include New College, Merton, St. John's, Brasenose, Balliol and Corpus Christi, but I'm open to all feedback and suggestions.

One specific question I have is about Corpus Christi: does the fact that the chair of the Classics department comes from there and they have a number of faculty officers indicate that they are viewed to be extra good in Classics? Their Norrington score is good but not exceptional, but maybe they are exceptional in Classics?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
It's worth remembering that not all of your teaching will come from your college. Especially for the first year and a half, you will have a lot of Faculty language teaching, and after that you'll probably be tutored by tutors who specialise in your module e.g. Roman Art.

It also depends on what you mean by 'best teaching' - some colleges produce amazing results, but their tutors don't care as much about the student experience and prefer to focus on research. This is unfortunately a bit hard to tell apart from literally asking other students about members of faculty. It's difficult to base an application based off that and you never know who exactly you will be taught by - but the teaching will generally be of a similar standard.

In terms of colleges known for best academic results, Merton and New probably come to mind the most. Corpus Christi have a lot of Classics students and Constanze Guthenke is great. But this is just based off of my experience as a current student rather than statistics. Some colleges that get best results are known for having somewhat intimidating/harsh tutors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ If you want more info on specific college experiences then PM me, but I probably wouldn't base my entire college choice of this if that makes sense?
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Some colleges that get best results are known for having somewhat intimidating/harsh tutors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ If you want more info on specific college experiences then PM me, but I probably wouldn't base my entire college choice of this if that makes sense?


Thanks so much! I'm going to drop you a PM.

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