Having done my undergraduate degree at Oxford, I came to Warwick to undertake postgraduate research in ancient Greek fiction for a PhD. Although Warwick is a very different sort of university, and the modern environment couldn't have formed a greater contrast with the medieval town of Oxford, I immediately felt at home, not least because everyone in the department of Classics and Ancient History was so friendly. In fact, I was made to feel more like a member of staff than a student!
I was attracted to Warwick by a number of factors, including funding opportunities, the resources available for postgraduate students, the wealth of relevant expertise and experience among the department's staff, and the research rating of the department. Postgraduates also make up a large proportion of the population of Warwick students (c. 40%), and this meant that although I was working on my own project, I didn't feel isolated; in fact, I met a very large range of people working on all subjects from all over the globe, and in particular learned a great deal from others working in departments such as English and Philosophy. With such a large number of postgraduates, Warwick is very serious about ensuring that its students have the relevant skills-training for their discipline so that they complete their studies successfully and are equipped for their careers, whether in academia or not. Since I wanted to pursue an academic career, I also felt it was important to gain some teaching experience while doing my PhD before applying for jobs, and the department enabled me to do this by allocating me some Latin and Greek classes and seminar teaching.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Warwick, made some lasting friendships, and was well looked after. It is certainly a good place to be a postgraduate student, and has concentrations of research interest which are very appealing to those who want to carry on with Classics beyond an undergraduate degree.
[Ian Repath is now Lecturer in Classics at Swansea University. His principal research interests are Greek and Latin prose fiction, and literary aspects of Plato. He is a founding member of KYKNOS, the Swansea, Lampeter, and Exeter Centre for Research in Ancient Narrative Literatures.]