This episode features Boudica, a tortoise, Pegasus and Chris Martin, and that’s before we meet our panellists!
Listen to Ellie’s experiences studying on both sides of the border, learn more about Roman funerary monuments, Lewys’ favourite parts of his Classical Archaeology and Ancient History course, how Reem nearly became a doctor, her passion for journalism, and what advice our undergraduates would give to Welsh students.
Reem Ahmed (https://www.linkedin.com/in/reem-ahmed-030039157/) – Reem studied Classics (Course IB) at Christ Church from 2016-20. She grew up in Cardiff and fell in love with Latin at school. Having not studied Greek or the Greek world before coming to university, one of her favourite aspects of her degree was learning about Hellenistic poetry, art and archaeology. Outside of her studies, she could be found writing and editing for student publications. She also enjoyed teaching Latin and Greek community classes based in a local school in Oxford. She's now a trainee reporter for WalesOnline based in Cardiff. One day she hopes to do a Masters in Classics and go into teaching.
Lewys Griffiths (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewys-griffiths-452a60167/) studied Classical Archaeology & Ancient History (CAAH) at St John’s College from 2018-2021, having previously studied at a Welsh Language Comprehensive School called Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. He is originally from a small village called Groeswen in South Wales. Outside of studying the Roman side of Classics, he enjoys travelling to Italy and walking his dog. Following his degree, he is undertaking training to become a commercial solicitor at the London office of a US Law firm.
Ellie Williams studies Classics and English (Course IIB) at Regent’s Park College, having previously studied at Hereford Sixth Form College and John Beddoes Campus. She is the first in her family to go to university. When she’s not translating Latin texts, she enjoys going on long walks around Oxford which is very different to walking back home in Mid-Wales.
Katrina Kelly (https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrina-kelly-3925a216b/), the host of this podcast, studied Classics (Course IA) at Magdalen College from 2015-19 after being home-educated in Lytham St Annes on the Lancashire coast. Now a researcher at the Faculty, she hopes to help make Oxford Classics an ever more accessible, inclusive and exciting place to study and work. Katrina is also the Education Co-ordinator and Branches Officer for the Classical Association.
* Things we mention:
The Iris Project (http://irisproject.org.uk/index.php)
The Oxford Welsh Society (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cymdeithasdafyddapgwilym/))
Oxford Pathways (https://www.pathways.ox.ac.uk/)
Manny the Tortoise (https://www.rpc.ox.ac.uk/about-regents/history/emmanuelle/)
* How can I get involved?
Oxford For Wales - https://www.ox.ac.uk/oxfordcymru (in English) or https://www.ox.ac.uk/rhydychen-cymru (in Welsh).
Welsh Classics network (https://classicsforall.org.uk/what-we-do/our-networks/welsh-classics-network)
Find a Classical Association branch near you (https://classicalassociation.org/branches/)
* Link Colleges:
Jesus College (https://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/access-outreach/)
New College (https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/working-schools; https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/oxfordforwales)
St Catherine’s College (https://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/outreach/)