• Groundings Ancients was established in 2012 and is a unique collaborative project. Find out more below.

    Photograph by: Catherine Murray

    Photograph by: Catherine Murray


Groundings Ancients

Groundings Ancients (ISSN 2051-6916) is an undergraduate journal in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is published annually, both in print and online. The volume features articles from the four Ancient Universities of Scotland, each with their own cross-disciplinary theme, so as to allow submissions from a broad range of disciplines.

Groundings Ancients provides a rare opportunity for students to be peer-reviewed and published as an undergraduate, as well as the chance to participate in the process of editing, managing, and producing an academic journal.

We aim to:

  • Promote debate
  • Showcase academic talent
  • Enhance the student experience and employability

We are supported academically by an Advisory Board (whose members comment on the articles selected for publication and vote on the overall prizewinner), and financially by each institution.

As well as being available online, the journal is held by the respective university libraries; the British Library; the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales; the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; Cambridge University Library; and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.


Groundings Ancients was founded as a collaborative, intervarsity journal in 2012 by Glasgow University Dialectic Society, a student debating and social society, in conjunction with the four Ancient Universities of Scotland. It was founded as a sister-publication to the Dialectic’s journal Groundings, which seeks to further the Society’s aim of promoting debate. Groundings is available in print, and online.