Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University
19 Jun 2019
Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University. After studying Classics at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge, Arlene qualified as a schoolteacher. She taught for more than a decade in a range of schools in the UK and internationally, leading departments and assuming school-wide responsibilities. She won a ‘Teaching Star’ award from the Institute of International Education in New York, having been nominated by a student. She holds a doctorate in Classics education and is an expert in educational research, policy and practice. Her publications include books, articles, blogs and podcasts on various themes including access to Classics in schools, outreach, HE admissions, innovative pedagogies, Classical rhetoric, critical skills, policy engagement and oracy education. In 2020-2021, she was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford, sharing her expertise as part of a research and public policy partnership with the Department for Education. On the final day of that partnership (31/7/21), the DfE announced a £4 million investment in the Latin Excellence Programme. In 2022-2023, Arlene is a British Academy Innovation Fellow, collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders to bridge research policy and practice. Arlene is a Fulbright scholar, a Churchill Fellow, Chair of the Classics Development Group and a member of the British Curriculum Forum.