English and Drama New Student A-Z

Here’s a potted summary of some key things you need to know about starting your study with us from A to Z.

Accommodation

Offers of housing are usually made for undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants from mid-July onwards.

So don’t worry if you haven’t heard yet you should hear about this soon but if you’re concerned please use the following links to track your application.#

Track your accommodation application
Contact Residences

Find a Flatmate

Housing Services will also be hosting a ‘Find a Flatmate’ event on Tuesday 4 September 2018, where you can meet other applicants to find a suitable rental property or speak to our team of housing advisors, who will be able to provide you with specific advice geared to your housing needs. You will be able to register for this event once you have a Queen Mary Student ID number.

Register here

Contact

Email us at sed-web@qmul.ac.uk, Tweet @qmulSED, Ask a Question in our Facebook Group or call us on +44 (0)20 7882 8910.

We’re here from 9am-5pm on Monday-Friday throughout the summer and beyond.

Dates

Semester 1

  • 17 September – 14 December 2018
  • Teaching starts 24 September 2018

Semester 2

  • 7 January – 29 March 2019
  • Bank holidays: 19 and 22 April 2019

Semester 3 – revision week

  • 23 April – 26 April 2019

Semester 3 – examination period

  • 29 April – 7 June 2019
  • Bank holidays: 6 and 27 May 2019

 

Enrolment and Pre-Enrolment

Pre-enrolment is done online to verify your details. You should receive an email about this on or after 24 August.

Enrolment can be done from the weekend before welcome week and we have a dedicated session (for everyone except joint students with a modern language) at 3pm on Monday 17 September 2018 in the Octagon.

 

Freshers’ Facebook Group

Join the Facebook Group here for news, competitions and reminders of key dates etc.

Preparation for Undergraduates

English preparation is just being updated. For Drama please click the link below…

SED

SED is short for School of English and Drama.

Societies

1. Queen Mary Theatre Company organises lots of events, and there are opportunities for everyone to take part (you don’t have to study Drama to join).

2. English Society Organises events, outings and social get togethers for lovers of English literature.

3. Fashion Society A chance to get closer to the fashion industry either for fun or for a future career.

4. Student Media includes CUB magazine, The Print newspaper, Peach magazine for creative writing, poetry and fiction, and other outlets that include radio and TV.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from 17-21 September with lots of activities to help you get started at Queen Mary.

See the full programme here

Language Learning Scholarship Scheme – free language learning for undergraduate students – apply by 13 August 2018

Are you interested in learning a language outside of your programme of study next year?

Under QMUL’s Language Learning Scholarship Scheme, scholarships are available for returning undergraduates (second year and above in 2018–19) to take a non-credit bearing language module alongside their main degree studies.

Following a successful first round in June, we are delighted to announce further scholarships for 2018-19. Application deadline will be 16:00 on Monday 13 August 2018.

You can find more information about the scheme, the languages available and how to apply on the SLLF Language Centre website.

‘Popular Postcolonialisms…’ book published with work by our very own Nadia Atia, Rachael Gilmour and Charlotta Salmi

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Popular Postcolonialisms: Discourses of Empire and Popular Culture (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures), which is co-edited by our very own Nadia Atia and features essays by our staff: Rachael Gilmour and Charlotta Salmi.

About the book

Drawing together the insights of postcolonial scholarship and cultural studies, Popular Postcolonialisms questions the place of ‘the popular’ in the postcolonial paradigm. Multidisciplinary in focus, this collection explores the extent to which popular forms are infused with colonial logics, and whether they can be employed by those advocating for change. It considers a range of fiction, film, and non-hegemonic cultural forms, engaging with topics such as environmental change, language activism, and cultural imperialism alongside analysis of figures like Tarzan and Frankenstein. Building on the work of cultural theorists, it asks whether the popular is actually where elite conceptions of the world may best be challenged. It also addresses middlebrow cultural production, which has tended to be seen as antithetical to radical traditions, asking whether this might, in fact, form an unlikely realm from which to question, critique, or challenge colonial tropes. Examining the ways in which the imprint of colonial history is in evidence (interrogated, mythologized or sublimated) within popular cultural production, this book raises a series of speculative questions exploring the interrelation of the popular and the postcolonial.

SED Guide to Summer including Edinburgh Festival and London Events

Here’s a rundown of some great things to do this summer 2018 including events featuring our students, staff and alumni.

London Events

The Refugee Tales | Wednesday 11 July 2018, All day | Various locations

The Refugee Tales, which campaigns against indefinite immigration detention holds an annual walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees. The walk, which is in collaboration with people who have experienced the UK asylum system, aims to reclaim the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome.

Taking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a model, the walk is punctuated by contributions en route by writers. On 11 July the walk comes to east London. At Cable Street, Nadia Valman (English) will give a talk on the Battle of Cable Street, and at QMUL, the writer Iain Sinclair will give a lecture called ‘What the world is telling us. And why we won’t listen.’ (Wednesday 11 July, 12 noon, Arts Two Lecture Theatre).

Daniella Harrison at Comedy Lab Sharing | Saturday 21 July 2018, 12pm | Soho Theatre | £5

Participants of the Sketch course have put together new material for this one-off performance.

Nocturnal Creatures | Saturday 21 July, 18:00 onwards | Whitechapel Gallery

Nocturnal Creatures is a new, free contemporary arts festival, bringing together performance, video, sculpture and sound. Originating from Whitechapel Gallery, cultural and historic venues in the vicinity are transformed, opening their doors late into the night.

Rosie Vincent: London is Vomit | Friday 3 August 2018, 18:45 | Rich Mix London

As part of Rich Mix TAKEOVER, Drama graduate Rosie Vincent is regurgitating her ongoing photography project into a new performance. Comprised of over 200 photographs, London is Vomit continues to explore the sickness of the city whilst celebrating the resilience and endurance of the urban body.

Figs in Wigs at Raze Collective Weekend | Saturday 11 August | Southbank Centre

Drama grads and Guardian favourites Figs in Wigs curate a day of fun on the South Bank.

Make More Festival | Thursday 23-Monday 27 August 2018, various times | Victoria Park

MAKEMORE is London’s first maker festival celebrating all forms of making and doing. Through hands-on creative experiences you can discover what kind of maker you are. Be fuelled by the energy of making, live music and the best in bars and street food. Your entry ticket gets you access to everyone appearing that day with a full programme of live demos, taster sessions and immersive experiences.

Edinburgh Festival

Breach Theatre: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True | 20-26 August 2018 | Underbelly Cowgate

Fringe First winners Breach Theatre’s new show hits the Edinburgh fringe directed by our MA student Billy Barrett. ‘Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.’.

Queen Mary Theatre Company at Edinburgh Fringe | 11-26 August 2018

Our very own Queen Mary Theatre Company (QMTC) are bringing 4 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August:

  • A&E: A fast-paced clowning comedy caper, devised with junior doctors and nurses inspired by Michele Gondry and Green Wing.
  • Deadline: Imagine knowing when you’re going to die, _exactly _when you’re going to die. It would make you live your life to the fullest, right? Enter a world where at 16 you find out your date. A date that determines the rest of your future, a date you can’t escape from.
  • Same Old Same Oldies: Three Northerners and three Southerners residing in one nursing home. How could they possibly get along? Brimming with awkward disputes and one particular loud mouth amongst the group, these oldies always find something to complain about.
  • Rat Race: Rat Race is a dark tragicomedy set in a rat cage that is at the center of a badly handled experiment.

Keep an eye out for London previews details 2 and 3 of August! Exact times are still to be confirmed but probably from 6pm!

Sh*t Theatre: Dollywould | 14-26 August 2018 | Summerhall

Queen Mary fgaduates and multi award-winning duo Sh!t Theatre return with their 100% sell-out show from 2017. It’s mainly about their love of Dolly Parton and also about cloning, branding, immortality and death.

 

Some top tips from our QMUL team

1) Go for a swim at London Fields Lido just a short journey from QMUL

2) Walk/run the London High Line – foundations of the northern line that were never used from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury park for great views

English and Drama Newsletter – July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of our School of English and Drama newsletter.

Photo above is from the Women’s Voices in Parliament event in the Octagon on 13 June 2018. This was Lise Olson’s provocation on finding your authentic voice. Photo by Debbie Bragg.

Events

BOOK AHEAD

Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Wednesday 5, 12, 19 and 26 September 2018
18:00-20:00
Arts One Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

Inspiring TED style talks from top speakers from the arts and humanities aimed at young people aged 16-19, incoming Queen Mary students and teachers.

Register now


HIGHLIGHTS FOR JULY

Asking for a Raise
Asking for a Raise
Tuesday 3-Saturday 7 July 2018, 19:30
The Space, Isle of Dogs

Drama graduates Franciska Ery and Hugo Aguirre present their ‘verbose cyclical comedy ‘ about an office worker who dares to ask their boss for a raise.

Handle with Care
Handle with Care
Friday 6 July 2018, 19:00-23:00
Wellcome Collection, Euston

A free late event at Wellcome Collection around care featuring our very own Lois Weaver, Maggie Inchley and Daniel Oliver, associate artists Stacy Makishi and MA graduates, Mary Osborne and Emma Moller.

Join Facebook event

Refugee Tales

The Refugee Tales
Wednesday 11 July 2018, All day
Various locations

The Refugee Tales, which campaigns against indefinite immigration detention holds an annual walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees. The walk, which is in collaboration with people who have experienced the UK asylum system, aims to reclaim the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome.

Taking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a model, the walk is punctuated by contributions en route by writers. On 11 July the walk comes to east London. At Cable Street, Nadia Valman (English) will give a talk on the Battle of Cable Street, and at QMUL, the writer Iain Sinclair will give a lecture called ‘What the world is telling us. And why we won’t listen.’ (Wednesday 11 July, 12 noon, Arts Two Lecture Theatre).

Much Ado About Nothing + Shakespeare Beyond Borders
29-31 July 2018
Venice

The Centre for Global Shakespeare, in collaboration with Ca’Foscari University, Venice and the Venice Shakespeare Company, is staging a directorless production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in Venice from 29-31 July. The cast includes professional actors from Australia, Italy, the UK, Germany, South Africa and the USA. The performances will be accompanied by a symposium on Shakespeare Beyond Borders on 30 July, which aims to bring practitioners and academics together in mutual conversation. There is still space to take part in the symposium. Tickets to the performance are free for participants.  Please contact David Schalkwyk at d.schalkwyk@qmul.ac.uk for further information.

FURTHER AHEAD

London is Vomit
Rosie Vincent: London is Vomit
Friday 3 August 2018, 18:45
Rich Mix London

As part of Rich Mix TAKEOVER, Drama graduate Rosie Vincent is regurgitating her ongoing photography project into a new performance. Comprised of over 200 photographs, London is Vomit continues to explore the sickness of the city whilst celebrating the resilience and endurance of the urban body.

News from the School

Vanity Fair

Isabel Rivers (English) has written a post on the Ecclesiastical History Society blog discussing Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800.

David Wright (Drama technician)’s work in our motion capture studio was mentioned in this piece in the Guardian about Celestial Motion: a virtual dance with the stars.

Adrian Howells

Dominic Johnson (Drama) has been awarded The TaPRA Prize for Editing (Edited Collection or Special Issue) 2017 alongside collaborator Dee Haddon for their book It’s all Allowed: the Performances of Adrian Howells (Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, 2016).
Tiffany Watt Smith (Drama) was on Radio 3’s Free Thinking talking about love-sickness with clinical psychologist and author Frank Tallis. Listen here

Moa Johansson
Moa Johansson (Drama graduate) has been interviewed by To Do List on her performance tonight is the night baby and forever (but no recycling) at Paper Dress Vintage on 3 July. Read the interview here

Sarah Whitfield (Drama PhD Graduate) is launching her book Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables on 23 July 2018.

No Dream is Too Big

People’s Palace Projects (Arts Organisation based at QMUL) update

The Verbatim Formula (pictured above) At the beginning of July, 14 young people from the borough of Wandsworth worked for a full weekend at Battersea Arts Centre together with Professor Maggie Inchley (Drama), Sylvan Baker and Sadhvi Dar (Business and Management) using verbatim techniques to make a performance that shares their experience of care services.

Stage 3 People’s Palace Projects’ new student theatre company at QMUL will be performing Stage 3, an immersive theatre experience that will involve the young people* in the Tafahum project in Tower Hamlets as participants. The production looks at the bureaucracy and power of the naturalisation system.
*Tower Hamlets A Team Arts participants, Youth Parliament, and youth in Tower Hamlets.

Two events on campus People’s Palace Projects also hosted a symposium Policy in Cultural Relations and also a Contemporary Narrative Lab. They’re partnering on the latter with the Financial Times, via journalist Robin Kwong, and Battersea Arts Centre to form a collaborative research project involving academics, artists, researchers and journalists.

Read more about these projects

Links


1. Wasafiri New Writing Prize deadline is next Friday.

2. Jen Harvie‬⁩ (Drama) reviewed ‘Fun Home’ on the ⁦‪BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Free Thinking’. The musical explores family, memory and sexuality and is currently running at the Young Vic in London. Listen here

Figs in Wigs

3. Drama graduates Figs in Wigs are doing a private sharing of their adaptation of Little Women, called Little Wimmin’ on Friday 6 July at Battersea Arts Centre.

Stories from Home
4. Kathleen McCarthy (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film) has organised this launch event of short films in the Octagon at Queen Mary as part of a project to promote heritage language use, as well as reconnect and increase cultural awareness across generations within the London Bangladeshi community. Find out more

People’s Palace Projects July 2018 Update: The Verbatim Formula and ‘Stage 3’ Immersive theatre

Here’s a quick update on 2 current projects from People’s Palace Projects an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation based at Queen Mary University of London.

The Verbatim Formula

In the beginning of July, 14 young people from the borough of Wandsworth worked for a full weekend at Battersea Arts Centre together with Prof. Maggie Inchley (QMSED), Sylvan Baker and Sadhvi Dar (QM Business and Management) using verbatim techniques to make a performance that shares their experience of care services. The workshops ended with a presentation open to the public, which had as audience members of the Department of Education, social workers Wandsworth Council Representatives,  artists and foster carers. Next up, the project is hosting its first University Summer Residency outside QMUL, in partnership with University of East London, engaging young people from Newham Council this beginning of July.

The Verbatim Formula is an creative action research project which is currently working with looked after children and young people, recording the words of participants and sharing them through performance. The process is being developed by Dr Sylvan Baker, Dr Maggie Inchley and Dr Sadhvi Dar at Queen Mary University of London’s Drama Department, Ms. Mita Pujara (evaluator) and produced by People’s Palace Projects, in partnership with the Greater London Authority Peer Outreach Team and funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Stage 3

People’s Palace Projects’ new student theatre company at QMUL will be performing Stage 3, an immersive theatre experience that will involve the young people* in the Tafahum project in Tower Hamlets as participants. The production looks at the bureaucracy and power of the naturalisation system. The performance will be presented as a space for dialogue between the performers and the participating young people and decision makers. The aim is to engage the participating audiences in a mock process of citizenship in order to generate conversations about the subject of migration, discrimination and belonging, which resonates with many of the issues raised by the young people at the Tafahum project.  Some of the young people have experienced, or are experiencing, the complex immigration process. This production will address the process of being categorized based on race, age and socio-economic background (class), placing participants in positions that question their perceptions of power and powerlessness. This production is strongly linked to young people’s sense of belonging and citizenship rights.

*Tower Hamlets A Team Arts participants, Youth Parliament, and youth in Tower Hamlets.

Find out more and sign up to PPP mailing list

 

 

Results Day, Confirmation and Clearing 2018 FAQ – School of English and Drama

Congratulations if you’ve already got your offer and are coming to study with us. Good luck with your results – you should hear from us on 16 August!

If not, don’t worry we’re here to help you with early clearing from 5 July, on A-Level results day on 16 August and throughout the summer with our dedicated Clearing and ConfirmatPreview Changes (opens in a new window)ion hotline.

School of English and Drama is now closed for clearing.

If you have a question about your application please contact us.


What does Clearing mean for you?

For some of you it’ll be when you first discover Queen Mary

or it might offer you a chance to change your mind about what you want to do

or present an opportunity to talk to us about your interest in our programmes.

 

When is the Clearing period?

Early clearing starts on Thursday 5 July 2018. The main clearing period starts on A Level results day, Thursday 16 August 2018 and ends on the first day of term (Monday 17 September 2018).

However, you can always get in touch with us before clearing starts (or anytime afterwards) to register an interest in one of our degrees.

 

Which courses have availability within the School of English and Drama?

We are likely to have a limited number of places available on the following programmes:

Please call us as soon as you have your results to ensure the maximum chance of getting a place.

          

 

How do I apply through Clearing?

Please call the main Queen Mary Clearing hotline on to discuss your options with us: +44 (0)20 7882 5511.

 

Where will I live?

Before making enquiries into accommodation while you study with us it’s best to make sure you have an offer and accept it. This will allow us to access the resources available within our accommodation team more easily. We can then help you either find accommodation on campus or private accommodation nearby.

Queen Mary Student Accommodation

There are limited number of rooms available on site, which are allocated to Clearing applicants via a ballot.

Private Rented Accommodation

There are a large number of privately rented rooms and shared accommodation options available in the surrounding area.

Find out more about accommodation

 

Can I come and visit you?

There are campus tours available to book here.

 

How do I apply for student finance?

Please see our handy student finance guide here for more information about student finance.

 

How do I get more advice?

See the full Queen Mary University of London Clearing Guide here

Independent advice is available from Which! University Guide or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise.