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                           STRATEGIC PLAN – 2007-2012

This document is written against the background of continuing
uncertainties over the future of the IClS library.


1.1 Mission statement
The Institute of Classical Studies exists to serve as a national and international Institute of
Advanced Study for the languages, literature, history, art, archaeology, and philosophy of the
ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Specific aims are:

      to act as a centre for research in classical studies;
      to provide resources and facilities for the study of key disciplinary areas within classics
       for scholars from universities throughout the United Kingdom and the world;
      to support and encourage international contact between researchers;
      to encourage researchers of high status from abroad and from the UK to contribute to the
       research culture of the Institute;
      to enter into academic partnerships and initiatives with other institutes and academic
      to publicise and enhance the profile of London as an international centre of classical
      to encourage, facilitate and house collaboration between scholars of antiquity and its
       reception in the University of London, elsewhere in the UK and in universities and
       institutions abroad;
      to provide training for and support the development of postgraduate students (both
       research and taught) both locally and nationally;
      to enhance the understanding of the classical world among the wider public in the UK
       through lectures and other activities.

1.2 Achieving the mission
With the support of public funding (the HEFCE), the various classical societies and the
scholarly community in London, the UK and beyond, the IClS has created an unrivalled
research resource, especially with respect to the library. It hosts the richest programme of
seminars and conferences in classical studies anywhere in the world. It publishes its own
scholarly journal and a prestigious series of monographs. The broad strategic aim is to build
on these achievements, and to enhance further the role of the IClS as an enabler, supporter
and co-ordinator of national and international research and training.

The IClS, with its location, resource base and history, has the potential to act as a facilitator
for London and national activities, with benefits in income from overheads and from charges
for space and services built into bids, according to the new FEC principles. The potential for
collaboration based on the location of the IClS is increased by the presence in London of
significant public sector and charitable bodies with research interests/expertise compatible

with or complementary to ours and the developing culture of collaboration between HEIs and
non-HEIs. Further resources still largely untapped by the IClS include the goodwill of private
donors and charitable foundations, British and others (Greek in particular). We have direct
access to a remarkable wealth of academic talent and a strong reserve of goodwill locally,
nationally and internationally to complement the activities of the Director.

To take advantage of these opportunities, we must ensure that we plan our strategies with the
utmost care, seeking and receiving strong advice from our Strategic Planning Group.
Wherever possible we need to collaborate effectively with other institutes within the School
of Advanced Study and with other bodies in HE and other sectors locally, nationally and


The task facing us is to build on the traditional activities of the IClS and to open up fresh
initiatives, in order to increase the volume and enhance the already high quality of research
activity at the IClS and to diversify the role of the IClS nationally and locally.

2.1 Research projects

2.1.1 Overall strategy
Of our long-established research projects only the Ancient Theatre Project continues at the
IClS, and without external funding. Clearly, we need to replace the overhead income formerly
derived from the Italian Epigraphy, Aphrodisias, and the AHRC Doctoral Research Training
projects, all of whose funding has ceased. This will be no easy task, given that the Institute’s
only academic member of staff is the Director (currently on secondment), and that both the
Epigraphy and the Aphrodisias projects were led by members of staff from London colleges
(UCL and KCL respectively). The Institute will have to persuade potential project leaders and
their institutions of the value-added factor in housing their projects at the IClS, when the costs
of doing so may well be higher. A more obvious way ahead is joint bids with other SAS
institutes, and to that end the Director plans to submit a bid for a substantial grant from the
AHRC for a project on rhetoric, in conjunction with the Institute for English Studies.

Despite the difficulties, in order to maximise the volume of high quality research activity, the
IClS will seek to attract new external research projects, consistent with constraints of space
(see under 7 below).

2.1.2 Specific projects

AHRC Doctoral Research Training

This project has now ended and the report submitted to the AHRC. Unfortunately, no further
funding is available from the AHRC to continue the project.


To maintain the project database, subject to staff availability.
To continue to organise research training courses and events in London and elsewhere,
subject to staff availability and as funds allow.

Ancient Theatre

The archive of photographs relating to the ancient theatre is housed in a designated room.
Work continues in Australia on both electronic and conventional publications based on this
material, but the lack of funding at the UK end means that the project here is largely dormant.
The survey of material by Dr Williams commissioned last year was not completed, due to Dr
Williams’ appointment to a full-time lectureship at Durham. The problem of the age profile
of the major participants naturally worsens year on year, though the Director has taken steps
to inject fresh blood into the project by recruiting to the team a senior academic from
Heidelberg, Professor William Furley, the former SAS S.T. Lee Research Fellow.
Negotiations continue over the future shape of the project, with input from Professor Handley
at Cambridge and Professor Green at Sydney, but progress is slow; Professor Furley hopes to
come to the Institute in March to discuss matters. A decision will have to be taken soon by
the IClS Director on what space is allocated to the project on the return to the South Block if
no funding is forthcoming: this may help to galvanise members of the project into taking
positive action.


To initiate, on the basis of the discussions mentioned above, follow-up projects in the field of
ancient theatre studies.

To place the results of the project on the internet via the IClS webpage and SAS-Space e-
repository, subject to progress by the team in Australia.

Epigraphy Project

The IClS still awaits the submission of the final typescript for publication as a Supplement
volume in 2007.

Michael Ventris Archive Project

The additional archive material noted in last year’s document is still to be catalogued, due to
the appointment of the RA as the Institute’s secretary. The first version of the catalogue has
been place in the SAS-Space e-repository.


To reconsider with the project’s RA the best approach to updating the computerised
catalogue, with a view to placing the new material in the SAS-Space e-repository during
2.2 Academic programme
A full range of research seminars covers all areas of the discipline: Greek and Latin language
and literature, ancient philosophy, ancient history, Mycenaean studies, classical archaeology,
classical art history, and Byzantine studies. Special conferences and workshops are organised,
either by London-based scholars or by scholars from elsewhere in the UK or beyond. The
seminar programmes continue, for practical reasons, to be organised by scholars in London,
though the Director remains of the opinion that this need not always be the case (the external
proposal made last year did not, in the event, come to fruition). The outcome of current
negotiations may have a significant bearing on this matter. The academic programme has in
the past generated high-quality publications, and our aim is further to integrate this activity
with publications; this is addressed under 2.3 below.

The Institute also has a number of public lectures, including an annual Webster Lecture in
honour of its founder and a biannual A.D. Trendall Lecture, in conjunction with the
Australian Academy. The Sheila Kassman Memorial Address is delivered annually by a
senior scholar whose research interests lie in the fields of ancient philosophy or ancient
medicine. The Institute and the British School at Athens host a joint annual Spring lecture
delivered by a visiting archaeologist.

The IClS is continuing to explore ways of developing its programme of seminars and public
lectures, in particular through lectures sponsored by external bodies, and one such series of
lectures, in conjunction with UCL, is under discussion. The Director has also had preliminary
discussions relating to a seminar series conducted via electronic conferencing facilities.


To maintain the range and quality of the research seminar programme.

To investigate possibilities of drawing more scholars from outside London into the
organisation of seminar activities based at the IClS.

To integrate the seminar programme more fully with the publications programme (see under
2.3 below).

To seek external funds to support a high profile lecture or lecture series attracting
distinguished scholars.

To investigate further the possibility of the IClS acting as the host for seminars via electronic

2.3 Publications

2.3.1 Activity
As well as enriching the academic activities and enhancing the profile of the IClS, the
publication arm has the strong potential to contribute significantly to IClS income through
increased sales. It has traditionally contributed in no small way to library exchanges, which
allow the library to acquire periodicals at marginal cost, but this activity needs to be
reconsidered in the light of the topslicing of the library element of the IClS grant to the

The Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies publishes research papers from scholars both
in this country and from overseas. Several monographs in the series Supplements to the
Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, which have earned a deserved international
reputation, are published each year. Both BICS and the Supplements are refereed. The
academic range of the Supplements has grown with time and it is our intention that the
monograph portfolio should keep pace with new and exciting developments in the discipline.
Though BICS is a respected journal, it could achieve more; ideally it should aspire to compete
with Classical Quarterly. Steps have been taken to generate more publications from papers
delivered to our seminar series, but it will take time for this policy to bear real fruit.

Publications are advertised on the Institute's website and orders may be placed by email. The
more traditional means of catalogues, book launches, and special exhibitions at conferences
are also used to promote sales. The Director and Managing Editor have investigated the
possibility of partnerships with booksellers to promote our publications worldwide, but these
discussions have been placed on hold pending reorganisation of publications activity within
SAS. A key component contributing to our future financial health will be to maintain the
increase in publications activity achieved in 2004-05 and to a lesser extent in 2005-06; and
the impending RAE deadline is a positive pressure in that sense.

2.3.2 Resourcing
A large obstacle to increasing the volume of publication activity is the level of clerical and
technical support available to the Managing Editor, who himself is only employed on a part-
time basis. This issue cannot be settled until the future shapes of the Institute and of the SAS
administration have been finalised. In the interim, a half-time assistant was appointed for this
year, who has dealt with the clerical side, copy-editing work has been contracted out, and the
Director has continued to offer the Editor support in proof-reading.

The publications activity is supported by an active Publications Committee with a wide range
of expertise.

2.3.3 Accounting and planning
The Director and Managing Editor are agreed in believing that the figures produced by the
University do not in any way reflect the significant contribution made by our publishing
activity to the Institute’s accounts. This issue has been raised with the Finance Office. We
await the implementation of the new financial system, which we hope will address the
problem and give a more accurate picture of the true situation.


To continue to enhance the profile of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies.

To continue to develop the range of Supplements to ensure that the full scope of the Institute's
widening research activities is represented in our publications, and to increase the number of
volumes published.

To reconsider the free provision of Institute publications to the library.

To strengthen further the link between conference/seminar and publication activity.

In the medium term, to improve the clerical and technical support for the Managing Editor.

2.4 Fellowships
Research fellowships offer a means to enhance prestige, increase the academic presence in the
Institute, and develop links with other HE institutions nationally and internationally.

There are at present eight Senior Research Fellows, of whom five are attached to the Ancient
Theatre Project: Professor J. R. Green (Sydney), Professor E. W. Handley (Cambridge),
Professor E. J. Jory (Western Australia), Professor A. Seeberg (Oslo), and Professor W.
Furley (Heidelberg). Professor R. R. K. Sorabji (KCL and Oxford) is the Senior Research
Fellow attached to the Ancient Commentators Project, which is now based at KCL. Professor
Charlotte Roueché (KCL) is Curator of the Papyrology/Epigraphy Room. Professor Michael
Crawford (formerly of UCL) is the Senior Research Fellow who has directed the Italic
Epigraphy Project, now nearing completion. Visiting Fellows from this country and overseas
are appointed from time to time for periods of between three and twelve months, but the
relocation of the Institute, such that the rooms available are not within the confines of the
library as before, has affected this activity. At present the Institute also has six Associate
Fellows who have office space and research facilities (but again these are not ideal, since they
are outside the library).

We have put on hold the possibility of funding postdoctoral fellowships, until the financial
basis of the IClS is more firmly established.


To explore avenues of funding to expand the range of fellowships, but on hold for the time


3.1 Supporting and developing postgraduates
Through its conference and seminar activity the IClS has a long and distinguished tradition of
supporting the development of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. For example, the
London postgraduates organise their own weekly seminar in term time, with the support of
the IClS. This role of supporting the next generation of scholars will continue to be central to
the mission and activities of the IClS.

The Institute has no registered students but hosts a number of the courses on the various
London federal MAs. The Director ran a seminar on Greek palaeography in autumn 2006, in
conjunction with UCL, which formed part of the students’ training in that area. We were
disappointed that the AHRC did not offer continuing funding for the project on postgraduate
research training. Stemming from that project a summer school on reception studies is
planned for 2007, and we hope to revisit the issue of the Institute running training courses
when current uncertainties over the future of the IClS library have been resolved.


To continue to explore opportunities for the IClS to play a part in national postgraduate
research training, in collaboration with the Council of University Classical Departments and
the HEA subject centre.

3.2 Reaching a wider audience
Popular interest generally in the past and particularly in the history and culture of the ancient
world has never been greater. The location of the IClS makes it an ideal venue for high-
profile activities which both serve the academic community and make current research more
widely available to a popular audience. Such activities already take place, and much of the
public lecture activity is accessible to a wider audience. The website plays a key role in
advertising these activities more widely.


To develop a range of public events which will increase the visibility of the IClS and serve as
a platform for fundraising.


The IClS is at present dependent on a very narrow income base, which has been considerably
further narrowed by the topslicing of the library element of the HEFCE funding to the
ULRLS. The current turnover means that the Institute has no headroom to develop and is too
exposed to short-term financial trends and problems. Incremental drift continues to push up
staffing costs and University of London central costs have risen considerably ahead of
income. There is no simple solution to our problems, but there are a number of areas where
initiatives can be made, most notably through increased publication output and by generating
FEC overheads from AHRC-funded research and from IClS-based research projects. The
relative success of the recent Winnington-Ingram appeal indicates that the IClS could do
more to generate external income from fund-raising, but this will be hampered if the library is
not perceived by potential donors to be a core activity of the Institute, or worse if the library is
broken in two.

The accounting system at present does not represent relative income and costs with sufficient
clarity. We hope that the new finance system will address this issue successfully.


To increase the publications revenue by greater production and more proactive marketing.

When the future shape of the Institute is settled, to seek research and other grants in
collaboration with colleagues in London and nationally.

When the future shape of the Institute is settled, to explore opportunities for other fund-
raising activities, including grants and donations from charitable and corporate bodies.


Yet another review of the management and administration of the Institute will need to be
carried out, in light of the resolution of current difficulties.


To review the new IClS committee structure during 2007, in light of the resolution of current


The precarious finances of the Institute mean that it remains seriously understaffed: the
Director is full-time on secondment; the secretary works four-fifths time; the publications
assistant works half-time and has a half-time contract as a researcher; the Managing Editor is
two-fifths time. Only the Managing Editor currently has a permanent contract.

An attempt has been made to address the problems reported last year by the appointment of a
half-time publications assistant. This has taken away the necessity to buy in help for the
dispatch of new publications, but it does not address the issue of copy-editing and
proofreading, which is done largely by the Managing Editor and Director, as well as by
bought-in professional help. If the publications operation is to expand and thrive, a full-time
or near full-time appointment will need to be made – the SAS centralising initiative currently
under discussion is unlikely to solve the problems faced by the Institute, as a person with
Greek and Latin, in addition to editing skills, is required to take some of the editing burden
off the Managing Editor and Director.

The Director recognises that dedicated clerical support for the Director is of less urgency, but
is concerned that the Institute has no full-time secretary/administrator. The outcome of the
SAS review of administration may help in this respect.


In the short to medium term, to generate the funds needed for a suitable appointment in

The expectation last year that the temporary move into the North Block would last until
Easter 2007 now seems wildly optimistic. The Institute continues to cope with an
arrangement that is far from adequate, given the separation of its offices onto two floors
without any easy connection between them. The research rooms which used to be within the
library are now as equally remote from the library as the Institute’s secretary is from the
Director: the secretary and research rooms are on the third floor of the north side, the Director
and publications offices are within the library on the second floor of the south side. No firm
plans for the future layout of the Institute's research rooms on its return to the South Block
can be made until the current difficulties over the library are resolved.


8.1 Library
The Joint Library of the Institute and of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, which is now run
by the ULRLS, is regarded internationally as a major research collection. What was
unthinkable until recently, the break-up of the library if the Societies take their books
elsewhere, is currently a very real possibility.

8.2 Computing
The Institute provides its fellows with basic computing facilities, i.e. word-processing and
access to the Internet. Future academic computing facilities again depend on the outcome of
current discussions over the library, and are now outwith the responsibility of the Institute.


9.1 Website
The website is a crucial resource in publicising the activities of the Institute, in particular via
our Meetings List. The website underpins our publications marketing (see under 2.3.1 above),
and the results of our AHRC project will also be placed on the web. The IClS site is linked to
the new SAS website.

To optimise the use of the website for profile, information, publicity, and publications.

9.2 Meetings List
The Meetings List, whose production and distribution costs were prohibitive, is now
published on the web, with hard copies available on request. It is regularly updated. Flyers are
produced for the lecture, seminar, conferences and special events programmes, and for
individual events.

15 January 2007