What next after Queen Mary? Jobs & Further Study – How we can help!

Graduating from University can be a very exciting and sometimes scary time.

We’re here to help with some advice about your next steps including jobs and further study.

References

Your tutors can give references but please remember to ask their permission before putting any details in a job application etc. Their email addresses are in their staff profiles.

QM Careers

Please do take advantage of the services available to you for 2 years after you graduate from Queen Mary.

Mailing Lists to Join

  • Arts Jobs: Arts Council England’s jobs portal. Good for jobs in the creative entries.
  • ArtsAdmin E-digest: Good for Arts Jobs in performance.
  • The Dots: A good source of jobs, opportunities and a place to make an online portfolio.
  • Jobs.ac.uk: Great for jobs in universities and further education.
  • Mediargh: Good place to find internships in media.

How tos

Further study

Masters

  • There is an £1,000 discount for QMUL graduates for our English and Drama Masters programmes.
  • If you’re a Home student you can also apply for a UK Government Postgraduate Loan.

Studying while earning

Get a whole lot of work experience whilst learning with graduate schemes, paid internships and part time study.

Support SED graduate Scott Roberts’ new book box subscription service, SwiftLit

2016 graduate Scott Roberts is launching an exciting new book subscription box called SwiftLit.

The service delivers newly released works of paperback fiction direct to subscribers doors every month, along with some bookish treats and exclusive items!

On the site, you can register an interest and be automatically entered to win the first box for free when SwiftLit launches in September 2017.

Here is the link to the website: www.swiftlit.co.uk

Instagram: @swiftlituk

Facebook: SwiftLitUK

And Twitter: @SwiftLitUK

For an introduction to Scott and the project see the Instagram caption below.

Intros. Hey everyone! My name is Scott and I am the creator of SwiftLit. I thought I should upload at least one selfie to introduce myself and give a little background on the company. So here goes! . I graduated university after studying English for 3 years and for the past year I’ve been working as a Bookseller. SwiftLit I suppose came about when due to some unfortunate changes in the company I work for, I faced the possibility of losing my job as a Bookseller. This was a job I’d dreamed of for YEARS and I knew that somehow I had to keep bookselling in my life even if the worst happened and I lost my job. So I used that fearful kick to start investigating the launch of my own company and now here we are. . I have thought long and hard about what I want SwiftLit to represent. Below are just a few points that have gone into forming the business so far. . 1️⃣ I want to provide a subscription box that offers great literary fiction to everyone in an accessible way. 2️⃣ I want to communicate the passion I have for books with a wider group of readers. 3️⃣ I want to challenge people to read things they may not have considered picking up before. 4️⃣ I want to create a company that offers individuals the chance to connect over a passion for books and lively debate! . I’m sure in the evolution of this company many things will likely change, but the core points raised above are at the centre of SwiftLit’s ethos and I hope to bring that into everything we do. . Thank you for reading! Coming up I shall be uploading some of my favourite reads to give you all an insight into the kinds of books you can expect in our boxes! . #swiftlit #book #read #bookstagram #bibliophile #booknerd #instabooks #igreads #bookboy #subscriptionbox #bookbox #bookworm

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Goodbye for now from Head of Drama, Dr Bridget Escolme

Hi everyone,

As a lot of you know, each Head of Drama at QMUL takes on the post for three years and then hands it on. Today’s my last day as Head and I’m writing to thank all of you for making it such a pleasure. When I’m asked what it’s like  at QMUL I always say that its brilliant, creative, energetic, original students make it an extraordinary place to work (and the staff too, of course!). Thanks to everyone I’ve worked with on Costume Dramas, Madness and Theatricality, London Theatre Now, Performing Shakespeare, MA/MSc Performing Mental Health.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the projects I did to keep me going through some of the less exciting bits of admin (trips to Bath, Coriolanus at the Barbican, Wiltons). Thanks to everyone who’s come to see me about everything from Theatre Company, to new societies, to Diversity in the Drama Curriculum. Thanks to all the student reps and all the ambassadors. Thanks to everyone who’s participated in this amazing Department over the past three years.

Next up as Head is Caoimhe McAvinchey. I know you’re all going to enjoy working with her enormously.

See you at graduation if you’re a Finalist; best of luck to everyone for next year.

Much love,

Bridget.

Dr Bridget Escolme
Head of Drama
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London
London E1 4NS.

Queen Mary English student Seren Morris makes news with London citizen journalist competition win

Queen Mary student and Tower Hamlets citizen journalist Seren Morris was awarded Third Prize in the 2017 London Voices journalist competition sponsored by The Media Society and London Learning Consortium at a high profile event at the London Reform Club last week. 

Seren’s written entry considers the problems of London students trying to earn a living wage, and was part of a competition designed to encourage new talent into journalism.

Dubbed London Voices, the competition aims to promote emerging journalism talent across the capital and to generate a range of new perspectives and ideas about London. Aspiring citizen journalists submitted articles, videos or photos which debated and challenged the ways people think about their communities. The competition was launched against a background of discussion about the proliferation of ‘fake news’, and is part of an attempt to fight back by encouraging citizens to become part of reporting ‘real’ news about their communities and issues.

Seren has just completed her second year at Queen Mary, University of London, where she studies English Lit.  She interviewed six London students about the vexed issue of trying to earn a living wage for work and internships, and the problems they face surviving economically while needing to take low (or no) paying work relevant to their studies and future work prospects. Her magazine-style entry can be watched on the London Voices website at http://www.londonlc.org.uk/london-voices/.

Media Society judges Patrick Barrow and Barney Jones loved Seren’s “beautifully presented” article and felt it was, “detailed, thoughtful and clear, with some great photos and graphics”. She was presented with her award by President of The Media Society, Richard Peel.

Seren credits her interest in journalism to both the Welsh tradition of celebrating arts and literature, and her mum and grandmother’s talent for creative writing and poetry.  She also values the encouragement her father gave her around photography, which has impacted on her love of media in general. She hopes one day to work in print journalism and independent magazines, concentrating on women in the arts.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 7 June 2017

This is the last events and opportunities digest for the exam term.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.

Events

BOOK AHEAD

Annual Drama Lecture: Jenny Sealey | Wed 21 June | QMUL – Mile End

This lecture draws upon Jenny’s experience as artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company, her work internationally and on the Paralympic opening ceremony for London 2012, to explore issues of access, aesthetics and social justice in theatre and performance.

 

THIS WEEK

Peopling The Palace(s) | Ends Friday 9 June | QMUL – Mile End

An incredible 2 weeks of events lined up, including film screenings, discussions, interventions and performances.

The eclectic programme will be showcasing work from a range of academics, live artists and recent Queen Mary graduates.

Highlights in the next week include:

  • First Flights (Thurs 8 June): A showcase of graduating students of 2017 including Chloe Dorato & Molly Giles, Trash City, Hugo Aguirre, Mimi Gilles, Georgina Da Silva, TABOO, Holly Smelt & Anna Dean, Rosie Vincent, Chloe Borthwick, Andrew Bourne.
  • Alumni Showcase (Friday 9 June): A day of performances from QMUL alumni. Beth Christlow, Atlas, Ema Boswood, Hannah Maxwell, Moa Johansson, Amanda Hohenberg and Pussy Patrons.

See the programme

For more SED events see our calendar here

Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week.

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

Win £25 Amazon voucher

If you’re a first or second year SED student you could win just by completing this survey.

 

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 31 May 2017

We’re back for another week of events and opportunities that have been shared with us.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.

Events

BOOK AHEAD

Annual Drama Lecture: Jenny Sealey | Wed 21 June | QMUL – Mile End

This lecture draws upon Jenny’s experience as artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company, her work internationally and on the Paralympic opening ceremony for London 2012, to explore issues of access, aesthetics and social justice in theatre and performance.

 

THIS WEEK

Peopling The Palace(s) | Wed 31 May – Sun 11 June | QMUL – Mile End

An incredible 2 weeks of events lined up, including film screenings, discussions, interventions and performances.

The eclectic programme will be showcasing work from a range of academics, live artists and recent Queen Mary graduates.

Highlights in the next week include:

See the programme

Jerry Brotton – Reformations 14: Shakespeare at Hay Festival | Thu 1 June | Hay on Wye

“The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.”

 

For more SED events see our calendar here

Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week.

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

For current students:

QProjects Summer | Deadline midnight Thu 1 June

The QProjects Summer Programme is made up of 12 roles in charities which are exclusive to QMUL students. The roles cater to a range of different skills so we encourage applicants from all disciplines and years of study.

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Friday 2 June 2017 at 17:00.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 24 May 2017

We’re back for another week of events and opportunities that have been shared with us.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.

Events

SAVE THE DATE

Peopling The Palace (s) | Mon 29 May – Sun 11 June | QMUL – Mile End

An incredible 2 weeks of events lined up, including film screenings, discussions, interventions and performances. The eclectic programme will be showcasing work from a range of academics, live artists and recent Queen Mary graduates.

Download the programme

 

THIS WEEK

 

The Lisa Jardine Lecture: Professor Lyndal Roper | Wed 24 May | 18:00 | QMUL – Mile End, Skeel Lecture Theatre

Professor Lyndal Roper will present the annual lecture entitled: ‘Cleverness is the garment that suits women least – Luther and Women’.

 

 

The Marked – Homelessness, Health, and Theatre: Performance and Symposium | Thu 25 May | 16:00-20:00 | QMUL – Mile End

Theatre Témoin, QMUL, and Pathway would like to warmly invite artists, researchers, clients, experts by experience, healthcare professionals and support providers to join the conversation at an evening of performance discussion around homelessness, health, and theatre. The event will include talks by speakers from the arts, psychiatry, health, and homeless sectors; an hour-long performance of 5* sell-out production The Marked; a reception; and a post-show panel.

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

Open Day Ambassador | QMUL

QMUL are looking for responsible and enthusiastic students to support the QMUL open days on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th.

– Be part of something

– Earn while you learn

– Meet new people

– Bring QMUL to life

– Strengthen your CV

To sign up, email i.m.mckenzie@qmul.ac.uk

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

For current students:

Opportunities at The Print

This week is the last week current students can apply to join The Print (QMSU media)’s 2017-18 editorial team. The Print has a wide variety of roles available from section editors to a marketing team.

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Friday 26 May 2017 at 17:00.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 17 May 2017

We’re back with another instalment of our digest featuring the latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.

Events

THIS WEEK

MAY/HEM | Tue 16-Thu 18 May | Oxford House Bethnal Green and QMUL – Mile End

MAY/HEM Festival: a curation of installation and performance works by the Final Year BA Drama students as part of their performance dissertation module.
The festival will take place at Oxford House in Bethnal Green (Tuesday, Wednesday) and at Queen Mary (Thursday).

See the full schedule

RSVP on Facebook

 

Sexual Cultures Research Group present: Sara Ahmed | Wed 17 May | 18:00 | QMUL – Mile End, ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre

The Sexual Cultures Research Group is pleased to announce their third event, a public lecture by Sara Ahmed entitled ‘Queer Use’:

‘The lecture draws from my current research into “the uses of use.” In this lecture I reflect on the gap between the intended function of an object and how an object is used as a gap with a queer potential. I do not simply affirm that potential, but offer instead an account of how institutional and sexual cultures are built to enable some uses more than others. Small acts of use are the building block of habit: use can build walls as well as worlds. To bring out the queerness of use requires a world-dismantling effort; to queer use is to make usage into a crisis.’

Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist. She is the author of Living a Feminist Life, Willful Subjects, On Being Included, The Promise of Happiness, and Queer Phenomenology.

 

English PGR Seminar Series: Nick Freeman | Thu 18 May 2017 | 17:15 | QMUL – Mile End, Lock Keeper’s Cottage

You are warmly invited to the final English Postgraduate Research Seminar of 2016/17 with Nick Freeman, of Loughborough University. He will present ‘‘A middle-class and mediocre book’: Posing, Parody and the Wilde Style, 1894-1904′.

 Nick Freeman is Reader in Late-Victorian Literature at Loughborough University. He has published widely on the literature and culture of the fin de siècle, and is the author of 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain and a recent edition of Arthur Symons’ Spiritual Adventures.

 

The Lisa Jardine Lecture | Wed 24 May | 18:00 | QMUL – Mile End, Skeel Lecture Theatre

Lyndal Roper will present the annual lecture entitled: ‘Cleverness is the garment that suits women least – Luther and Women’.

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

Clearing Hotline Operator | QMUL | Deadline: Fri 16 June

The Admissions Office at QMUL is looking to recruit a team of telephone operators to work on its Clearing Hotline, which is usually in operation for about four – five days in August.

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week.

 

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

 

 

To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Friday 19 May 2017 at 17:00.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

People’s Palace Update: Opportunities and Events in 2017

Rosie Hunter from People’s Palace Project has been in touch with some key projects from People’s Palace Projects an independent arts charity based at Queen Mary University of London

 

Upcoming events in London and Brazil

 

Xingu Artistic Exchange: 10th-24th May 2017

including two seminars in Rio:

  1. 22nd May, Federal University of Rio – Jerry Brotton and Mércio Pereira Gomes – Anthropology and the History of Discovery
  2. 23rd May, Museum of Tomorrow – Indigenous Utopias

Paul Heritage and Jerry Brotton are bringing together an exciting artistic research collaboration between one of the world’s leading companies in digital mediation, artistic preservation and conservation and the Indigenous Kuikuro Association of the Upper Xingu.  Adam Lowe (Factum Arte http://www.factum-arte.com/ind/142/Factum-Arte-Projects ) and a team of specialist artists and technicians will travel with Jerry and Paul to the remote region of Brazil’s Upper Xingu Indigenous Reserve, where PPP’s Associate Artist and internationally-established filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro is based in a small village, 15 hours’ travel from the nearest town.  The team will travel by air, road and river to reach the Ipatse village and will be carrying scanners, sound recording equipment and a drone as well as sensible shoes, insect repellent and substantial paperwork!

In 2015, Takumã undertook a residency in London with PPP that resulted in a short film about London from the perspective of an indigenous visitor http://www.peoplespalaceprojects.org.uk/en/projects/london-as-a-village/.  Now this new collaboration will explore ideas of Utopia and the ways in which we make our worlds, and how new technologies can be exploited in the preservation and passing on of material and immaterial culture.  The project is funded by AHRC under the Newton Fund as part of “Social Change through Creativity”’s follow-on extension for further impact.

The aim of the project

The aim is to build transformative dialogues through digital technologies that enable the Kuikuro people to create 3D maps of their territories and cultures that explore new ways for indigenous peoples to bring the evolving experiences of first millennial ways of life to contemporary debates about Brazilian economic and social development in the third millennium. Lowe will advise representatives of the Xingu peoples on how digital technologies may be used to maximize potential future commercial initiatives without putting their culture at risk.

 

With 1 Voice First Anniversary Event, 5th May 2017

With One Voice

The With One Voice/Uma Só Voz choirs in Rio that PPP set up last year working with Streetwise Opera (and with the support of Gulbenkian Foundation, British Council Brazil and Macquarie Group Foundation) as part of the With One Voice Brazil project will be celebrating their 1st anniversary on 5th May.

Rather excitingly the celebration will take the form of a concert they will give at the iconic Theatro Municipal, the first time in history that homeless people will have been given a platform in this important building. As you can imagine, the choir members are over the moon.

And that’s not all – at the event, Rio City Council Department of Social Development will be publicly pledging their support for the choirs practically and logistically and will also pledge that arts and creativity are important in the support of homeless people.

It is highly significant to have a City Council attaching this kind of value for arts/creativity as part of homelessness support – we’re seeing it emerge in Manchester and elsewhere, and it’s one of With One Voice’s goals to encourage this kind of integrated approach to arts and homelessness support at a local government level.

9th May-9th June: “Designing Respect” exhibition @LSE

Opening: 9th May 7pm, LSE Atrium Gallery, Old Building

http://theatrum-mundi.org/activities/designing-politics-exhibition/

 

PPP worked with Theatrum Mundi to facilitate the project’s 3rd annual competition, in Rio de Janeiro.  The 3rd image in their Gallery is of the Rio project, at the Museum of Tomorrow.

 

2.       Reports on recent events

Scene Change exhibition 26th-28th April, Brazilian Embassy in London, Cockspur Street

Photos here:

Opera inspiring young minds at the Embassy of Brazil in London

This exhibition provided a flavour of some of the world’s favourite operas – Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and Lo Schiavo – through the artistic output of students involved in the cultural exchange programme ‘Scene Change’, run by the British Council and People’s Palace Projects in association with Creative and Cultural Skills.

As part of the project, students from technical colleges in the UK and Brazil embarked on a three year imaginative journey into film-making, costume-design, set-design and marketing, inspired by these three famous operas and have produced a rich collection of work, now on display at the Embassy of Brazil in London, celebrating a successful end of the project.

The exhibition, supported by the British Council and People’s Palace Projects is designed and mounted by a group of Brazilian and British students, supervised by internationally acclaimed designer and art director Gringo Cardia and photographer Ellie Kurttz. Special thanks to Miriã, Valdemar and Ismael, students at Spectaculu – Escola Fábrica de Espetáculos for coming all the way from Rio to help us mount the work, as well as to the Embassy of Brazil in London for hosting the exhibition.

 

Innovation and Co-creation: London – Sao Paulo Conference, 3rd May 2017

3rd May, all day event, Biblioteca Parque Villa Lobos, Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil

a collaboration between Creativeworks London, Escola Politécnica-USP and People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London – QMUL).

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (QMUL)

Innovation and Co-creation: London – Sao Paulo Conference

Creativeworks London São Paulo is a collaboration between Creativeworks London, Escola Politécnica-USP and People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London – QMUL). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (QMUL)

The aim of this pilot project has been to examine the ecosystem of creative and cultural hubs in São Paulo; and foster collaborations between university researchers and creative and cultural small businesses, organisations, collectives and charities. We wanted to create outcomes of significant value to the innovation ecosystem in Sao Paulo.

 

3.       Project news

QMUL AfroReggae Santander bursaries 2017

 

We will be holding the selection interviews this week for the 2017 QMUL Santander AfroReggae trip bursaries, 6 lucky recipients (QMUL students) will go to Rio de Janeiro to spend a week with AfroReggae in July 2017.

Santander/Afroreggae Grant: Applications now closed!

 

The Verbatim Formula

Maggie Inchley has just had confirmation of a research funding award from AHRC to support 3 years of work on the project.  (total fEC: £249,993)

The upcoming July residency “No Dream Is Too Big” (1-3 July at QMUL) in collaboration with QMUL Widening Participation will support a group of around 8 young people aged 14-18 and with experience of social care to explore drama and life at University.  Social workers or young people who would like details of the opportunity should contact renata.peppl@peoplespalace.org.uk (applications close 20th May).

About the project

The Verbatim Formula is an applied performance research project which is currently working with looked after children and young people. It records the words of participants and shares 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 and produced by People’s Palace Projects, in partnership with the Greater London Authority Peer Outreach Team.

We believe that there is a strong case for using applied practice not only in supporting looked after young people in articulating their experiences and in shaping a sense of their own identities, but in order to open meaningful dialogue and listening with adults responsible for their care.

The ultimate aims of the project are:

  • To create spaces where adults working at all levels in the UK social care system engage with children, listen to children’s voices and talk to children about their concerns.
  • Looked after children have happier lives, with better educational and social outcomes.
  • To develop an understanding of the potential of verbatim practice as a research, evaluation and dissemination tool in a children’s social care context.
  • To develop a performative inquiry practice that takes aesthetics as seriously as it does rigour.

Relative Values

Paul Heritage has been successful in a grant application to the AHRC’s Cultural Value Follow-On highlight for a project called “Relative Values” which will work with Battersea Arts Centre, Contact Theatre (Manchester), 2 Brazilian cultural NGOs specialising in socially-engaged arts work, and a Brazilian Economics research centre to produce a toolkit for cultural organisations to map the value they generate in their local communities.  The award is worth a total of £96,729 (fEC).

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 3 May 2017

After a month’s break we’re back with the latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.

Events

THIS WEEK

Quorum Drama Seminar Series: David Getsy | Wed 3 May | 18:00 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

This is the final event in David Getsy’s series of lectures as Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Department of Drama at QM. The title of the session is ‘Rubbish and Dreams: Stephen Varble, Anti-Commercialism, and Genderqueer Performance on the Streets of 1970s New York’.

RSVP on Facebook

 

QMCRLE Seminar in Religion and Literature: Mark Knight (Lancaster)  | Wed 10 May | 17:15 | ArtsTwo 2.17

George Eliot and the Key to Evangelical Mythologies

Evangelicalism is widely acknowledged to have played a major role in the socio-political life of Victorian Britain but little has been written about the influence of this pan-denominational religious movement on nineteenth-century literary culture. My talk will explore the methodological questions that face those of us who want to examine the influence of evangelicalism on the Victorian novel. For the limited number of scholars who have worked in this area, the starting point has often been George Eliot. But while characters such as Mr Bulstrode and Dinah Morris offer plenty of material and moments of insight, they lead, I argue, to a methodological dead end rather an interpretative key.

Place: ArtsTwo room 2.17
Time: Wednesday 10 May, 5.15pm

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

Programme Manager | Poet in the City | Deadline: Thu 18 May

Poet in the City is looking for a talented Programme Manager to deliver its programme of events, commissions and participation work, through curation, project management and marketing.

 

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week.

 

Calls for Papers

A History of Hoxton Hall hosted by Hoxton Hall in association with Raphael Samuel History Centre and Centre for Life History and Life Writing, University of Sussex | Deadline: Thu 25 May

Download the CfP

 

‘Out of place: Vagrancy and Settlement’ Sat 16 Sept hosted at School of Advanced Study, University of London | Deadline: Fri 30 June

Download the CfP

 

To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Friday 5 May 2017 at 17:00.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

Vote for your favourite things about QMUL in the #QMULTopTen

We want to know your favourite things about QMUL!

From Monday 24 and Friday 28 April, you’ll be able to vote for your #QMULTopTen on the QMUL Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon voucher. Two categories will be posted each day, ranging from ‘your favourite spot on campus’ to ‘your favourite extracurricular activity’.

Share your experiences and preferences from your time at QMUL, and help to inform new students about what they can expect from the Queen Mary experience. You’ll also be able to find out what other people like too and maybe get some useful tips! Five days, ten categories, ten chances to win!

Find out more here

How to Get Into PR: 5 Top Tips for Students by English Graduate Tierney Cowap

2015 English graduate Tierney Cowap is working in PR with fashion and gifts retailer Oliver Bonas gives us her top tips for getting into the industry.

1. Decide what you’re aiming for

There are many different sectors of PR, so do some research and get an idea of what area you’d like to work in. Would you prefer the security and in-depth approach of working for an in-house PR team, or a more broad and varied role in an agency? Do you want to PR for a food and drinks brand, or work in fashion PR? By setting your preferences and aims, you can be more specific when applying for roles or placements.

2. Build on your own experience

I got my initial placement in a PR role by emailing the relevant team in the brand I was already working for, and asking if I could do some work experience. Because I already had knowledge of the product range, of the brand ethos, and of the customer we were selling to, PR-specific skills were something I built up along the way. Your job as a PR is to make other people passionate about your product – if you can demonstrate to a recruiter that you genuinely love and know about their products, it puts you in a strong position!

3. Diversify your skills

As a PR you may be called upon to support a brand across a range of projects – from editing campaign imagery in Photoshop, to arranging catering and prop deliveries for press events, to dealing with customer inquiries on social media! The more areas in which you have prior experience, the better. Keep up to date with developments in tech and social media, read up on the relevant publications and key journalists in your field, and work on your confidence when speaking to new people. Above all, be willing to get stuck in, and show your eagerness to learn.

4. Be proactive

All brands will hold product launches or media-facing events throughout the year, but within certain areas of PR – particularly consumer, fashion or food brands – the peak season is from May through to July. The industry tradition of holding Christmas in July events (where brands showcase their Christmas ranges in summer, so that long-lead publications can plan their features) means that the summer season is especially busy. You never know what will come from a speculative email in the run-up, asking if the PR team for your favourite brand could do with an extra pair of hands over this key period!

5. Have your own ideas

PR roles are based on communication, and deciding on the best way to communicate an idea is naturally subjective. From your language choice, to the media contacts you target with certain product releases and when, it can often take discussion with your colleagues to make strategy decisions. In interview, you may well be asked to put together a presentation suggesting how the brand or agency could do better (to give an example, ‘how could our brand better target a millennial audience on social media?’) Don’t be afraid to put forward your honest ideas and thoughts, but be sure to do your research – you don’t want to make suggestions, only to find that they’ve been operating that way for months.

Follow Tierney on Twitter here

Verbatim Formula Report by Josh Gardner

“I go to Idenham high school. I am fourteen years old. I live in Croydon. I try to be good at everything but when I leave school I want to study business and history. I will need to study hard and do my best to achieve the highest grades possible. I am at Queen Mary school because I want the day off school.. A university is a place where you can study and socialise with people.. I think it will be a great experience to visit the university for a day and see.. meet with other people.”                                                          

Idenham student, March 2017

A group of ambassadors and myself wait nervously for the secondary school students to arrive. We’re here to support Maggie Inchley and Sylvan Baker run a Verbatim Formula  session on the Achievement For All visit to Queen Mary University of London, organised by the Widening Participation department. Verbatim is a technique often used in theatre. Performances are constructed from recorded material that is repeated word for word by an actor on stage. Maggie and Sylvan have been using this formula to work with young people in London and I am curious to see how it translates into an educational context. As the students enter the room, I ask a few awkward questions about their journey – ‘How’d you get here? By bus? Oh right.. Cool.’ The students are friendly but the conversation is strained and it’s clear that they, like me, are feeling a bit apprehensive about the coming session. Suddenly, Sylvan springs into action. A circle is quickly constructed and before I’ve had time to think – urrr, drama games!  – we’re in the midst of a rapid round of ‘pass the clap’. Everyone is howling with laughter. The tension dissipates and the focus in the room starts to settle. Maggie hands out scripts. We break into small groups and begin to interview each other.

I go to…. school…

I am… years old..

I am visiting Queen Mary because…

A University is a place where…

These short prompts get the interviews going and, with a little encouragement, the students start to record each other, excited by the prospect of being ‘performed’ by someone else. Looking around the room, I notice the buzz of conversation about me as ambassadors, lecturers, and pupils fire questions, perform each other’s voices and listen back to the recordings they’ve made. The initial awkwardness lifts and the interview process enables a series of discussions about the University to emerge.  After interviewing some students about what they’ve had for breakfast for example, the group are much more relaxed and talk openly about the visit – ‘I am at Queen Mary school because I want the day off school…’ one student says into the recording device, before adding… ‘I think it will be a great experience to visit the University for a day and see.. meet with other people’.

Another girl asks me inquisitively; ‘Can you really leave lectures whenever you want?’ I try to explain that you can, at the risk of upsetting the lectu.. but it’s too late.. her eyes are wide with amazement, ‘WOW’ she exclaims, ‘that’s crazy!’ Her classmate is less impressed; ‘That would be stupid’, she says to her friend disdainfully, ‘you have to pay to be here’. Exchanges like this continue for the next half an hour. During the discussion, I am fascinated by how little the students know about university life. This is especially perplexing when it becomes apparent that the idea of getting into university is already embedded in their understanding of the purpose and value of education. As they file out of the studio, I wonder why visits like this don’t happen more often.

In the afternoon, we meet the students in a different room to finish the day with a short performance and some more interviews. Maggie, Sylvan and I have met for a brief run through of the material and are now going to perform the student’s ‘voices’ back to them. This turns out to be more amusing than we had anticipated, with Maggie’s attempt to keep up with an extremely fast speaking student prompting bouts of laughter from the class. After this short introduction, we pick up where we’d left off, with more interviews and discussions about the student’s visit. Again, the Verbatim Formula enables a quick transition into conversations about the University. The students are enthusiastic, asking more questions about the campus and how university life is different from school. In my own group, an extremely quiet student reluctantly agrees to interview me about my day before giving the following response to his class mate;

“My name is Adrian, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met.. I met a group of people that worked at the University of London. I saw different places where you can learn and the cemetery. I thought it was a good experience. I found out a lot looking at this University. When I leave school I want to be a interior designer. In the future I will study hard and work hard to make sure that my dream comes true. I will need to work hard in lessons, not get distracted and just focus.. the main thing I learnt today was keep d..discussingARGHHHHH! Can I try again!?”

Idenham student, March 2017

 

This is an example of the value of the Verbatim Formula. As a structure, it enables various ways of engaging with students as either performers, interviewers, interviewees and/or audience members. In this instance, the student’s reluctance to be interviewed by me is overcome by enabling him to take control of the research process. What’s more, being interviewed by his friend also interrupts the discomfort of talking to a stranger and turns the experience into a kind of game. This sense of play is then built on as the students are encouraged to perform the speech of others. Positioning the students as ‘audience’ and ‘performer’ seems to encourage critical reflection and further engagement –  it is difficult to ignore someone performing your own words back to you! Watching the teachers attempt to imitate the language and intonation of the students also inverts the usual power dynamic and increases their involvement in the session. In such a short space of time, an astonishing amount has been covered. To finish off, the students are invited to perform some interviews in front of the class;

“My name is Jenifar, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met a group of teachers that worked at the University. I saw quite..very interesting things. Such as the cemetery er, erm.. people that used to be founders of this University. And I also I met some the Uni.. the erm, students that are studying at this University.  I found out that you was able to leave lectures whenever you want and you was able to live in your own flats. When I leave school I would like to study.. in.. in the future I would like to study in Queen Mary University of London because I believe that it will help me a lot and it’s very interesting. In the future I would like to study law at this University. I will need to focus more in lessons and study my hardest. The main thing I learnt today is that if you want to do something you will need to work hard for it.”

Idenham student, March 2017

 

“My name is Sarah, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met students that study in Queen Mary University of London. I saw ambassadors of Queen Mary University of London.  I thought it was a great experience and I learnt a lot from it. I found out that there’s a lecture room and a seminar room and they’re two different types of room.  When I leave school I want to be a lawyer and.. in the future I will… like to come back and visit Queen Mary University and see whether it’s improved. I will need to do very well in school and come out with a great University and have a lot of money to pursue my goals in life. The main thing I learnt today was growth mindset and there’s two different parts of growth mindset – There’s growth and… theres growth and there’s fixed mindset. And that’s what I learnt today. THANK YOU!”

Idenham student, March 2017

 

My name is Fariha, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met Catherine, I saw the cemetery.. I thought it was friggin’ huge! I found out that um, there’s an Italian restaurant that isn’t that…[LAUGHING. IN TAKE OF BREATH]…when I leave school I want to study med..medicine.. In the future I will become a doctor yeah, and I will need to study medicine . The main thing I learnt today is that University is cool and…YeAH!

Idenham student, March 2017

 

“Right…My name is John on the 17th of March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met some new people around. I saw some new buildings as I walked around the University. I thought it was kind of boring but was fun in the end. I found out as I was learning… Uh, I’m going to restart… My name is John.  On the 17th of March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met some new people as I walked around. I saw some new buildings and some new places that I’ve never seen before. I thought it was boring but in the end it was even better. I found out that University is not as bad as I thought. When I leave school I want to be a mechanic. In the future..In the future I will practice and practice and do some more design technology to do that. And I will need to practice, to focus more…”

Idenham student, March 2017