Essential Resources for Master’s Funding

Funding an MA can be a tricky business as it’s not as clear as for undergraduate study so we created this quick guide to finding funding so you can take the next steps on our English and Drama postgraduate courses.

Queen Mary Scholarships Database

The most up to date listings of scholarships from Queen Mary University of London.

UK Government Postgraduate Master’s Loan Information

Up to £10,609 is available as a loan for 2019 entry. Conditions apply.

Queen Mary Postgraduate Funding Guide

An up-to-date downloadable guide written by our student welfare team.

Alternative Postgraduate Funding Guide

A good directory of current grants you can apply for.
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QMUL Alumni Loyalty Award

£1000 off fees (includes associates, study abroad and exchange participants). Conditions apply so do check if you’re eligible.

Free careers events on being a Newspaper Journalist and on being at Press Officer

A Career Conversation… Life as a National Newspaper Journalist 

with Sarah Oliver, from the Mail on Sunday. http://www.saraholiverwriter.com/ 

Wednesday 30th January, lunchtime 1.15 – 2.15pm, LAWS Room 1.19

As a foreign news correspondent Sarah covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as stories across the world from Kosovo to Malawi. In more recent years she has focused on features, columns and celebrity interviews.  With Sarah we will explore what it takes to get started on a newspaper career, how a career can develop, the skills & experienced required to get a foot in the door, as well as perhaps exploring some of her most memorable career moments.  

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5595&service=Careers+Service

EXPLORING A CAREER AS A PRESS OFFICER…

7t February 6.15 – 7.45, Arts Two, 3.20

Interested in a career in Communications? Journalism? Publishing? Politics? Public Relations?  Have you considered how you could combine several of these interests by becoming a Press Officer… come and meet 3 QM alumni currently working as Press/Media officers, learn about the role, how it varies in different environments, how it will make full use of your writings skills and powers of persuasion and how to get started on this career path. 

Reserve your place here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5621&service=Careers+Service

Our Guests:

  • Alainna Hadjigeorgiou,  Press Officer for the Orion Publishing Group, an award winning division of Hachette UK.  (BA English/Comp.Lit 2014)
  • Joshua Snape, Media Officer at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. (BA History & Politics 2013)
  • Tim Picton, Press Officer for the Labour Group of the London Assembly (BA English 2014)

What does a Press Officer do?

In Publishing “key responsibilities include liaising with the press, organising trade announcements and securing targeted and high profile media coverage for projects… this means working closely with authors, agents, journalists, freelancers and the wider publishing teams.” (Alainna)

However in Government/Politics it is more about news and the story: “At the heart of it, the job involves being able to judge what makes a good news story, how to write for a number of different audiences” (Josh) and “To succeed you need to be able to shape that story and ensure that it is either mitigated or used to the organisation’s advantage”. (Tim)

Guest Biographies:

  • Alainna has worked in publishing for four years, starting out as an intern for independent publisher Profile Books, before securing her first job in the publicity team at Quercus Books and moving across to Orion in April 2018. In 2017 she was long listed for the London Book Fair Trailblazer award. She studied English at Queen Mary and graduated in 2014.
  • Joshua graduated in 2013 with a BA in History & Politics and has 5 years of experience in public sector communications. Starting off working as a Communications Officer for the pharmacy regulator, he has spent the last 3 years as a government Press Officer at the Charity Commission and subsequently, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Tim graduated from Queen Mary in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. He then continued studying the subject, gaining an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from UCL two years later. Since, he has worked as a Labour Party campaign organiser, a Parliamentary Assistant to a London Labour MP and is currently a press officer for the Labour Group of the London Assembly, based at City Hall.

Listen to Show and Tell #3 Podcast

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London.

Join us for 2019’s edition: bit.ly/showandtell19

This episode features broadcaster Shahidha Bari, theatre artist Mojisola Adebayo, lecturer and writer Karina Likorish Quinn and theatre director Billy Barrett. Introduction by Jonathan Boffey.

It was recorded on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Host

Rupert Dannreuther

Rupert is responsible for marketing within Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. He has worked for numerous organisations including Cineworld, Hackney Empire, The Yard Theatre and Rose Bruford College. In his spare time he runs To Do List a website about offbeat things to do in London: http://todolist.org.uk.

Show and Tell Panel

Shahidha Bari

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers (2011) and a winner of the Observer Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism (2015). She is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE, and writes for the TLS, Guardian and Financial Times, amongst others. She features frequently on BBC Radio 4, and currently presents BBC Radio 3’s nightly Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.

Mojisola Adebayo

Mojisola Adebayo BA, MA, PhD, FRSL, is a performed and published playwright, performer, producer, director, workshop facilitator and teacher. She has been making theatre internationally for over 25 years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

Karina Lickorish Quinn

Karina is a Peruvian-British writer and a PhD student and teacher of creative writing here at Queen Mary. She has published short stories and translations in various journals and is working on her debut novel about ghosts, guano and two-headed cats.

Billy Barrett

Theatre-maker, Breach Theatre and MA Theatre and Performance student.

Coming up

Show and Tell is back for 2019 with a whole host of exciting new speakers.

See the line up and book a free ticket here: bit.ly/showandtell19


#SEDdigest Events & Opportunities Digest 2019 #1 – 18 Jan 2019

Opportunities

Artist Development from Pleasance Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe

Application are now open for The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve. The Pleasance will provide an emerging theatre company with £10,000 financing, mentoring, support, PR, marketing, accommodation, travel, accessible performances and so much more to enable them to bring a fully produced theatre production to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. An unmissable opportunity! 

Deadline, 10am 31st January 2019.

Website to apply https://www.pleasance.co.uk/charliefund
Information pack https://bit.ly/2H2Ezgt Information pack https://bit.ly/2H2Ezgt  

Jobs and Paid Internships

Careers Events

HOW TO GET INTO PUBLISHING… from those that know! Thursday 31st January 6pm – 7.45pm, People’s Palace PP1.

We are delighted to have two major publishers coming on to campus to talk about their organisations and the type of work experience, internship & entry level roles that they have available. 

We will be joined by Lisa Goll – Events Manager at Bloomsbury and Owner of London Writers’ Café and Christiana Markou – Recruitment Advisor at HarperCollins, as well as a Junior Editor from Bloomsbury and a recent recipient of a HarperCollins BAME internship.

 Lisa and Christiana will give presentations and will be interviewed about general recruitment questions.  The Junior Editor and HarperCollins intern will also be interviewed about how they secured their opportunities and their reflections on their experiences.  There will also be opportunity for your questions to all our guests.

 RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5435&service=Careers+Service  

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A Career Conversation… Life as a National Newspaper Journalist with Sarah Oliver, from the Mail on Sunday. http://www.saraholiverwriter.com/  Wednesday 30th January lunchtime 1.15 – 2.15pm, LAWS Room 1.19

We are delighted that Sarah Oliver is coming to QM to speak about building a career as a newspaper journalist.  Sarah is an established QMentor supporting one QM student each year interested in building a journalism career.  Now we have an opportunity for lots more students to benefit from her knowledge and experience.

As a foreign news correspondent Sarah covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as stories across the world from Kosovo to Malawi. In more recent years she has focused on features, columns and celebrity interviews.  With Sarah we will explore what it takes to get started on a newspaper career, how a career can develop, skills & experienced required to get a foot in the door, as well as perhaps exploring some of her most memorable career moments.

If you are interested in any aspect of newspaper journalism this is a definitely a ‘not to be missed session’. 

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5595&service=Careers+Service

Careers in Charities: 21st January 6-7pm

CharityWorks will be talking about how to begin a career in the non-profit sector, provide you with an overview of the graduate scheme for the UK non-profit sector 

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5453&service=Careers+Service

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Careers in Ideas: 22nd January 6 – 8pm

If you would like to consider a law career in Intellectual Property, come and speak to a range of firms who will be promoting their work experience and graduate opportunities! N.B. Definitely do some research on the role & firms coming in advance, so that you understand their areas of interest.

DETAILS & BOOKING HERE: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5431&service=Careers+Service

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Google Skills: The Importance of Self Promotion, 28th January 6 – 7.30pm

This 90 minute workshop is aimed at women & underrepresented groups. The workshop will help you to highlight the importance of self promotion in your career, and provide you with the tools to start developing this skill.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5433&service=Careers+Service

ON TRACK FESTIVAL 19 – 20 Feb

Book Now

Are you 14 – 25 and looking to break into the creative industries? 

On Track is back  –  After huge success the free two day festival designed to fuel the next generation of performers and artistic entrepreneurs is back at Hackney Empire. You’ll get access to some of the industry’s biggest players and influencers working right now.

Sign up to masterclasses, seminars, panels debates, up-skill yourself with vital tools and knowledge to help you take things to the next level, plus network with peers and some of the industry’s biggest names

Free Public English and Drama Events Events in Winter/Spring 2019

Here’s a selection of English and Drama events coming up this semester at Queen Mary University of London.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar 2019

Queen Mary Theatre Company: New Writers Festival – 1-3 February 2019

Join our in house theatre company for a festival of new writing.

Show and Tell – Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London.

See the 2019 line up

Book free tickets online

Master’s Open Event – Wednesday 13 February 2019

Join us for an evening reception with drinks to find out about our English Master’s offering: MA English Literature. 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Wednesday 20 February 2019

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Inaugural Lecture – Professor Barbara Taylor – Philosophical Solitude – Tuesday 26 February 2019

Chaired by Professor Cora Kaplan

The philosopher mediating alone in his study is a cliché of western culture. But behind the hackneyed image lies a long history of controversy. Was solitude the ‘school of genius’, as Edward Gibbon claimed, or did it breed irrationalism, dogmatism and melancholy, as Dr Johnson and others insisted? In the 1730s David Hume suffered a breakdown which he attributed to his solitary philosophising; three decades later, in a much-publicised quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Hume attacked Rousseau’s reclusiveness as ‘savage’, ‘bestial’,the mark of an ‘arrant madman’. A life of lone thought was pathological: a judgement that still finds echoes in present-day concerns about social isolation and loneliness.

Book free tickets online

Just Announced: 2 Job Opportunities in Creative Writing at Queen Mary

We have just announced the following 2 academic job opportunities.

Please see the links below to get more information about the roles.

Lecturer in Creative Writing 0.5 FTE (Prose Fiction)

Professor in Creative Writing 0.5 FTE (Creative Non-Fiction)

Win a 24 Penguin Little Black/Modern Classics hamper with your #SED2019 Winter Wonder photo

To enter simply email us your photo sed-web@qmul.ac.uk or use the hashtag #SED2019 and tag us on Instagram or Twitter. The photo theme could be themed around:

  • winter wonderland style scene
  • a highlight from your festive break
  • books you’re looking forward to reading in 2019
  • performances you’re looking forward to in 2019

Competition is open until 31 January 2019 at 17:00 GMT.

Photo above ‘Bushey Park’ by Matthew Mauger (photographer and Senior Lecturer in English and e-Strategy Manager at QMUL)

Show and Tell – Inspiring Mini Talks at QMUL – Series 2 – 2019

Show and Tell is back for 2019 with a series of free inspiring talks about studying and working in the arts and humanities in February 2019

More information and book online here

See the full programme below

The evening promises to be entertaining and relaxed. Speakers will each deliver a TED-style talk, and these will be followed by a chance for guests to ask questions, before the evening ends with socialising and networking over refreshments.

Show and Tell runs on the evenings of the 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019, taking place between 18:00 and 20:00 at the ArtsOne Building on the Mile End Road of Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.

Everyone is welcome from sixth-form students, new QMUL freshers, alumni, school teachers, researchers and anyone who has a general interest in the arts and humanities.

If you have any questions or would like to register a group please email: showandtell@qmul.ac.uk

Sadly you missed…

Wednesday 6 February 2019

  • Kayla MacQuarrie: Stand-up comedian who recently performed her award-winning show Traumatised at Soho Theatre.
  • Matti Ryan: Matti Ryan is a performance artist, impresario and the manager of Overlock, a new mixed-arts venue in Hackney.
  • Giulia Casalini from Arts Feminism Queer (also known as CUNTemporary) is a non-profit, volunteer-run arts organisation that aims to strengthen collaboration and solidarity between queer, feminist and decolonial communities across the fields of academia, culture, activism, grassroots organisations and social policy makers.
  • Charlotte Dinkin: Stand-up comedian, director, and creative communications consultant. She recently directed Olga Koch’s Edinburgh show Fight, for which Olga was nominated for best newcomer. She’s also just completed an MA in Psychoanalysis.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

  • Sufiya Ahmed: Sufiya has worked in advertising and in the House of Commons, but is now a full-time author. In 2010 Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to arrange visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged school children.
  • Alana Buckley: Alana has worked in the events industry for over 10 years, beginning her career in heritage venues including the Imperial War Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral before transitioning onto catering. She has been heading up the events team at London-based street food company KERB since 2015.
  • Charlotta Salmi: Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literature at Queen Mary with research involving: Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Graphic Narratives; Literary Form; Conflict and protest literature; Borders and the state.
  • Magda Oldziejewska: Activist, independent researcher and blogger, as well as fundraising coordinator and management collective member at the Feminist Library.
  • Liza Vallance: Artistic Director/CEO @Studio3Arts, co-founder of @OriginalArmy. Runner, fat, feminist, working class.
  • Maria Oshodi / Kumiko Mendl: Maria Oshodi is a freelance writer and Artistic Director and CEO of Extant, Britains leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists. Kumiko Mendl is Artistic Director of the UK’s award winning British East Asian Theatre Company, Yellow Earth.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

  • Kit Redstone: Award winning writer (Testosterone). Artistic director of Vacuum Theatre and hot tempered, belligerent short-arse trans man who wears a lot of jewellery.
  • Ben Walters: Writer, producer, programmer, critic and activist living in London. Ben is a PhD student at Queen Mary interested in queer fun, cabaret and homemade mutant hope machines — or how participatory performance practices can materialise better worlds for marginalised people.
  • Kemah Bob (BBC3, The Guilty Feminist) a stand-up comedian, writer, improviser, and drag king from Texas now based in London.
  • Jorge Lopes Ramos: London-based artist, curator and producer working in the intersection between art, technology and games. Co-founder and director of East London venue G.A.S. Station (Games and Arts Stratford) and theatre/digital arts company ZU-UK (Brazil/UK), Jorge also works as Senior Lecturer at University of East London since 2009.
  • Dr Martin Welton: Reader (Academic Teaching at QMUL) in Drama at Queen Mary researching Movement and the senses in relation to the theory and practice of contemporary performance.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

  • Professor Jerry Brotton: Professor of Renaissance Studies and author of ‘This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World’
  • Nurull Islam (QMUL fellow): (QMUL fellow): Nurull Islam is one of the Co Founders of Mile End Community Project ( MCP ). A multi-award winning film and media organization with a commitment to helping young people recognise their potential. MCP engages young people through creative learning opportunities, such as peer-led film making, art, and media projects.
  • Moa Johansson: Moa Johansson (UK/SWE) is a performance artist whose work occupies the space between performance installation, live art, and dance. Her practice investigates theories concerning the body, space, subjectivity and communication in the context of an intersectional, ecofeminist and queer reading. www.mojocompany.org
  • Dr Nisha Ramayya: Nisha Ramayya is a poet and lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Katherine Igoe-Ewer: is the award-winning The Yard Theatre‘s producer for local projects.



Please note all speakers appearances are subject to change

Get festive with our First Year Party, PGRS Literary Quiz and QMTC’s SLAPPIN’ DA BASS variety night this week

English First Year Party | Thursday 13 December 2018 | 4-6pm | ArtsOne Foyer

“You may well know this already, but this is just to let you know that there will be a Year One End of Term Party, Thursday 13th December 4-6pm, ArtsOne foyer. There will be nice nibbles, and good cheer, and it’ll be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of your first semester at Queen Mary.

Wishing you a happy week 12, and hope to see you on Thursday.” Rachael Gilmour, Head of English.

RSVP on Facebook

 

PGRS PhD Panel and Literary Quiz | Thursday 13 December | 5.15pm  | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and SCR Bar

In a change to the usual format, we will be welcoming two current PhD students and members of last year’s PGRS committee to give papers on their research. We will then be heading over to the Senior Common Room Bar for a special Christmas quiz.

Our speakers are:

  • Di Beddow: The Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Danny Rhodes: Yeats’s Missing Ghosts: Hauntings and Materialisations in the Radium Age.

Harriet Baker, Will Burgess, Hannah Donovan, Charlotte McCallum, Charlie Pullen, Julie Tanner, Frith Taylor, Vincenzo Torromacco, Alice Wickenden

Watch this space for details or follow us on Twitter @QMEnglishPGRS

 

 

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS | Friday 15 December 2018 | 7pm | Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

‘Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

RSVP on Facebook

Interview: English student Talia Jacob knits her way onto the catwalk

Talia Jacob (2nd year English student) is the Social Media and Marketing Executive of the QMUL Fashion Society.

We caught up with her to talk about her collection for LUMFS (London Universities’ Modest Fashion Show), which was then featured in the UJS (Union of Jewish Students’) Incubator Exhibition, and the QMUL Visual Arts Collective at the Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton.

Pic credits: The photographer Gabe Moore and the model in the picture below is Aselya Nurlan.

Tell us about your work in fashion. What do you make and how did you start in the industry?

I did an Art Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design a few years ago. It didn’t involve much construction work though. It pretty much just reminded me that you can achieve any creative goal that you set your mind to. I mostly just knit now, although I do know how to use a sewing machine. A couple of years ago, I asked my mum to teach me the basics of knitting. Many YouTube videos later, I was making wearable gifts for all of my cousins. One of which was featured in the QMUL Visual Arts Collective and LUMFS (London Universities’ Modest Fashion Show). I also recently bought a knitting machine to help speed up the process. Once I’ve learnt how to use it, I’ll be able to make knitted garments much more quickly.

Who or what inspires you to work in fashion?

Although they’re two totally separate industries, costuming in film massively inspired me to get into Fashion. Watching films is a really accessible way to get a close look at some beautifully designed clothes in a short period of time. There are a lot of offbeat films that I’m consistently inspired by to this day (no matter how many times I watch them!). A couple of examples would be “Dangerous Beauty” (1998) and The Thing Called Love (1993).

What do you get up to for the Queen Mary Fashion Society?

I’m the Social Media & Marketing Manager for QMUL Fashion Society. So I’m the person in charge of all of our social media accounts, and our online marketing strategy. I’m also responsible for all of our physical (non-electronic) promotion. Those posters that you’ve been seeing around around campus, for the fashion show “Fashioned by Nature”,  were designed by me.

Our committee is mostly collaborative though, and I’ve had the opportunity to do a bit of everything. I ran a knitting workshop, and brought in a speaker for next week (Hannah Rafter, Founder and Editor of The Intern 24/7). She’s going to be amazing!

Check out Talia’s work on the Fashion Society Instagram

#SEDdigest: Careers Events, Networking Opportunities and Jobs – November 2018

There’s so many events to choose from to help with your future career. Get stuck in and let us know if you enjoyed it with the hashtag #SEDdigest!


Careers Events

Careers in Literature (Royal Society of Literature) | Wednesday 14 November | King’s College | Free

The event is FREE and open to Arts and Humanities students from University of London colleges and RSL Young Members.

To book: leah.cross@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4677

Get into Teaching | 12 November | 6pm | QMUL

Join the Department for Education (DfE) for an introduction to the teaching profession, an overview of what to expect in the role, and a chance for you to ask questions about your teacher training options. The DfE presentation will be followed by a forum of teacher training providers, giving you more opportunities to find your best route into teaching.

Google Skills: Writing for Social Media | 14 November | 6 – 8pm | QMUL

Social media skills are essential for so many marketing, publishing, pr & comms roles… this is a fantastic opportunity to increase your skills AND useful for the CV/applications!

Theatrecraft | Monday 19 November | Waldorf Hilton Hotel | Free

A great way to meet theatres and organisations and find out about careers in the theatre industry.

SED EVENING: What are We doing with our English degrees? 22nd November 6.15 – 8.00pm.  Arts One, 1.28. 

Booking now open:  come along to listen to & meet recent QM English graduates guests and discover what they are doing with their English degrees.   Drinks & Snacks will be served.

If you are still wondering what you will do with your English degree, come for an entertaining and interesting evening and discover opportunities in a range of possible careers.  If you already know you are interested in a career in one or more of the sectors covered, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some insider tips on how to successfully access these roles.

Our guests will all talk about what they do and there will be a chance to meet them in small groups and ask your questions directly to the guests.

Confirmed so far are:

  • Lucy Furneaux – Philanthropy & Events Co-ordinator, Crisis
  • Kate Turner – Media & Public Affairs Manager, FIA Foundation
  • Claudia Catelin – EU & Trade Analyst, Institute of Directors
  • Danniella Hart – English Teacher, Harris City Academy
  • Natalie Jaaskelainen – Project Manager, Dennis Publishing
  • Nilufa Yasmin – Graduate Trainee/Development Manager, QMUL

4 out of the 6 guests confirmed have also gained a Masters since graduating from QM, so we will also explore what they did & why.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:  https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5399&service=Careers+Service Login with

Womxn in Tech | 27 November | Roundhouse

Looking to build a career in tech? Hear from a panel of womxn making headway in the sector on building confidence in a male dominated industry.

Work in Publishing Week | 19-23 November | Online

Follow online and discover ways into the world of publishing with this campaign from…

Using Social Media to Campaign for Cause | Saturday 17 & 24 November | Roundhouse

Get to know how to use social media to spark a movement around something that matters to you.


Jobs, Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

Barclays Marketing Internships – 8 weeks in Summer 2019 – APPLY NOW:

Spend your summer helping Barclays promote its services and win new business. Working on diverse projects with this fast-paced team, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and creatively across a range of marketing channels.

https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=40255&service=Careers+Service

QTaster – Deadline Friday 16 November

QTaster is a programme which allows you to learn about different careers by visiting a variety of graduate employers – experience different working environments, learn about sectors and roles, and network with employers.

6 sessions take place between 16th January and 20th March – this includes 4 visits and 2 training sessions.

Previous employers have included: ASOS, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Investec, UBS, Springer Nature, FDM and Microsoft. The schedule for Semester B is currently being confirmed – follow Careers & Enterprise on social media for updates.

Applications are open until 10am Friday 16th November.

Reuters Journalism Training Programme – apply by 30 November for September 2019 start

Reutersthe news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest independent news provider, reaching more than one billion people every day.

Prerequisites: Clear commitment to a career in journalism; Drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories; Strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies; Ability to generate original, relevant story ideas; Ambition to deliver journalism with real impact; Fluency in written English; Fluency in a second language beneficial but not compulsory; An international outlook

Find far more info here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42141&service=Careers+Service

SKY: Marketing Summer Internship

Support the Marketing team, helping to educate people about our products and services. Get stuck into various marketing projects in a dynamic, exciting environment. Impress us, and we could well offer you a full-time position once you graduate – starting summer 2020.

You will: Craft ad campaigns: Handle customer relationships; Deliver strategic insights; Promote TV shows; Plan, prioritise, research and juggle multiple projects

More info & applications: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42421&service=Careers+Service


Performance Platforms

HYG Nights | 30 November

Performer Callout!!

Our final show for the year will be a DELUXE edition, meaning
– More performers!
– Shorter fast-paced performances
– jam packed fun

If you would like to perform, please get in touch, or email hygnights@gmail.com


SED Networking Events

Queen Mary Writers: Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha | Tuesday 13 November 2018 | 18:30-20:30 | QMUL | Free

Queen Mary University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

 

Salon: An Age of Schadenfreude | Thursday 15 November 2018 | 19:00—20:30 | Wellcome Collection, Euston | Free

Inspired by the ‘Schadenfreude’ book, this Salon will bring together artists and performers (and you) to offer a distinctive perspective on this most morally conflicted of emotions. Come along and join the conversation.

Featuring our very own…

Tiffany Watt Smith
Curator: Cultural historian Tiffany Watt Smith will curate the evening. She is author of ‘Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune’ (Wellcome Books, October 2018).

Lois Weaver
Artist: Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

 

 

2019 Year and Semester Abroad Opportunities with English and Drama

A year abroad can really open up new opportunities and give you valuable life experience to take into your future career. 

According to the UK Universities International Report (March 2017):

  • Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%).
  • Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

The study abroad experience is intense, and because of this special quality and the quality of emotional investment in this period students are likely to make particularly strong friendships and have particularly memorable experiences. There are all sorts of opportunities that students will find access to because of location or circumstance that they wouldn’t necessarily get in London- one former student was offered a role in a professional production in New York, students on exchange with Howard University have inbuilt work experience and opportunities on Capitol Hill with the US government, students in New York might seek out opportunities with the UN.

We’re delighted to announce that as from 2018 the following undergraduate BA (Hons) degrees can include a year abroad:

Our Current Year Abroad Partners

  1. Columbia University, New York, USA
  2. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  3. University of Miami, Florida, USA
  4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  5. University of Melbourne, Australia
  6. The University of Toronto, Canada
  7. The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  8. The University of Monash– Melbourne, Australia Semester 1 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Semester 2

Semester Abroad

Please note we are still offering our Semester Abroad in the second year of all of our courses with the following institutions:

Columbia University, New York; Howard University, Washington DC; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The George Washington University, Washington DC; University of Miami, FL; University of Richmond, VA; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; The University of Toronto; University of Ottawa, Canada; The University of Auckland, NZ; University of Hong Kong; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Seoul National University; Waseda University, Tokyo; Renmin University, Beijing.

New opportunities for semester abroad and/or year abroad are being developed at universities in Europe, North America, New Zealand and elsewhere. These will be offered as they become available.

Advice and Guidance

If you would like any advice on Study Abroad opportunities within the School of English and Drama please contact:

Visit the QMUL Global Opportunities website for more information

Please note study abroad is subject to availability, application and the host University’s own terms and conditions.

English and Drama Events for Year 12-13 Students 2018/19

We have some eye-opening events coming up for those aged 16-18 including a Frankenstein themed Halloween event, a chance to hear from The Good Immigrant editor Nikesh Shukla, an expert discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale and a free A-Level revision day in early 2019.

Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 Years and unlock the secrets of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Students are invited to a film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween Monster Mingle celebrating two hundred years of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror and feminist classic.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

17:00-21:00

ArtsTwo Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/frankenreadsqmul

 

Queen Mary Writers/Wasafiri Live: Bidisha and Nikesh Shukla in conversation

Queen Mary, University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

18:30-20:30

The Chaplaincy, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/qmulwriters1

 

Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really a feminist text?

Experts from our School of English and Drama come together to discuss Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel. This panel discussion will explore the extent to which we can describe The Handmaid’s Tale as a feminist text.

It will challenge many opinions that readers hold regarding the novel, as well as placing it within the current political climate in the UK and USA. You will have the opportunity to question our experts, as well as having the chance to speak with undergraduates about what it is like to study literature at university level. This taster course is open to year 12 and 13 students. You must be studying English at A-level or SL/HL IB.

Wednesday

15:15-18:00

QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedhandmaidstale

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Practical Help with A-Level Topics

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

10:00-16:00

Rooms TBC, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedrevisionday2019

 

No-Nonsense Applicant Guide by Saarah Ahsan-Shah

Even after choosing a degree, deciding which university to do it at might seem daunting. It’s worth researching the nature of a particular degree at various universities to compare them. English at one university is not the same as English at another.

To start off your research, read on for answers to commonly asked questions about English and Drama at Queen Mary, first hand from two students; myself (an English student) and Chris Dhanjal, a joint honours English and Drama student.

Applying to Queen Mary

1. What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are typically ABB at A Level (or an equivalent qualification), with an A in English Literature / English Language and Literature. Non-standard qualifications are also sometimes accepted from well-motivated candidates who demonstrate achievement in literary study. See here for more details of our entry requirements.

2. Do you give unconditional offers?

We have just launched our Outstanding Potential Award for those who show a high potential. If you meet the criteria for the award we will contact you to arrange an interview. More details about applying are available here.

3. Can you combine English or Drama with another subject?

Yes! Students are able to take joint courses, and are able to take English alongside another subject such as Drama, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Film Studies and History.

Our degrees are all about giving you social capital, through work experience, modules from other schools and extra activities, so you have the skills to succeed in life in and outside of university. The QMUL Principal, Professor Colin Bailey talks about this new approach we are taking in this article in The Guardian.

Structure

1. What modules are offered in an English and/or Drama degree?

English: In first year we had  six compulsory modules; Reading, Theory and Interpretation, Poetry, Narrative, Shakespeare, Literatures in Time and English in Practice. These modules gave us a foundation in English Literature across the spectrum which becomes more specific in second year. In second year, there are three categories, ‘Medieval and Early-Modern Studies’, ‘Eighteenth-Century, Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies’ and  ‘Modern, Contemporary, And Postcolonial Studies’.

We picked one module from each category and a fourth module either from one of these categories or from a “special list”, which offers a range of options. In our third year, we are given plenty more options, not bound by any categories, allowing us to pursue any field enabling us to take whatever piques our interest.  Third year modules include Postcolonial, American and Children’s literatures to name a few.

Drama: In first year, all students take London/Culture/ Performance, and Practices, which help negotiate Drama at university level. Joint honours students take six compulsory modules consisting of four Drama modules which are a combination of seminar and practical based ones and two English. For second year we were given more options, but again had to take one compulsory Drama module and at least two English modules from two separate areas.

In total we were allowed five modules but had to have an equal balance of credits across English and Drama. For final year, the options become a lot more flexible, with the choice of taking seventy-five credits in Drama and forty-five credits in English. Examples of second and third year Drama modules include Choreographic Performance, Shakespeare after Shakespeare and Race and Racism in Performance .

A current list of modules can be seen here, at the English and Drama Module Directory: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2960. This list of modules changes every year.

2. How many contact hours do you have a week?

English: We have 8-10 contact hours per week, depending on whether we take 4 or 5 modules per semester. Each module has 2 contact hours; typically a 1 hour lecture followed by a 1 hour seminar. Some modules in second year may not have a lecture and only a 2 hour seminar. In third year, most modules have a 2 hour seminar. Though 8 may seem a little, we’re expected to prepare for each module with 4 hours of work, through reading, research and assignment preparation.

Drama: We typically have 10 hours a week. In third year there may be 14 hour weeks, depending on the modules taken, as Drama practical modules can be 7 hours per day.

3. What are class sizes like?

First year lectures have around 250 students in them, but seminars are smaller groups of 15-20. Lecture sizes get smaller in second and third year as there are more modules available for students to choose from.

Drama: Most seminars and practical workshops range between 10-20 people.

4. How many books do you have to read a week?

English: We usually have to read one novel per module per week, occasionally alongside some theoretical extracts, making it 4-5 texts a week. Some texts are studied over two weeks so students (particularly in first year) may sometimes only need to read a novel/play every other week.

Drama: Roughly around 2-3 primary books a week, excluding secondary reading, in first and second year. In third year we have 3-5 primary books a week, as well as secondary reading.

5. Do you have field trips?

English: We have occasional field trips, depending on the module. In first year we went to the V&A as a part of Literatures in Time as well as to The Globe to see a play and for a day of workshops for our Shakespeare module. During third year, we attended The Foundling Museum for the Children’s Literature module. Most trips are subsidised by the department so we are able to attend at reduced costs. We are also encouraged to attend museums and exhibitions in our own time.

Drama: Within Drama we had a few field trips in first year to theatres and museums, but second and third year trips vary depending on the module. London Performance Now is a second year module which consists of weekly theatre/museum visits.

Assessment

1. How many assignments do you have a year?

English and Drama: Each module has about 4-5 assignments spread throughout the academic year. So in total there’s approximately 20 assignments. For English, most of them are essays, however there are also a couple of assessed presentations and class contributions. For drama it’s a mix of written and practical work.

2.Do you have exams?

English: In first year there is a final exam for Shakespeare and Literatures in Time. Other modules in all three years are generally assessed by coursework.

Drama: We have no written exams, however, we have assessed performances which can be timed assessments within a controlled environment.

3. Do you have to write a dissertation?

English:  Yes, in third year, all single honours students must undertake a dissertation, which is a 10,000 word research project on anything of our choice so long as it falls under English Literature.

Drama: Instead of a dissertation there is a practical research module. Joint honours students have the option between the English dissertation and a Drama written project.

Support

1. What resources does the department have access to?

Students in the School of English and Drama we have access to a wide amount of literature and criticism through the Mile End campus library, as well as through the University of London inter-library loan system and Senate House Library. The university is also subscribed to many journals and periodicals, giving us access to a huge amount of material. The department has 5 Drama studio spaces including rehearsal rooms, which students have 24/7 access to. Other resources for Drama include a wide range of drama and theatre professionals lecturing on the course who have influential and current experience.

2. Is there any guidance or support for assignments?

English and Drama: As well as useful workshops,  advisers/seminar leaders/lecturers have weekly drop-in hours which  are immensely helpful for advice and guidance on academic work. There are also beneficial student organisations, such as PASS (Peer Assissted Study Support), where second and third year students offer help to first year students and a Buddy Mentoring Scheme. We also have professional Literary Fellows available to review essays before students submit them. For practical work in Drama,  consistent feedback is given by seminar leaders and peers as our work is shared with each other.

3. What’s a personal advisor?

English and Drama: A personal advisor is a teaching member of staff assigned to you in order to help and assist you with any queries you may have. Whether it’s something academic or  personal they are there to support and help you!