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.


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


  • 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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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 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.



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.

Bernard Schwartz and Alice Oswald on Ted Hughes at London Review Bookshop 07.03.17

“I imagine this midnight moment’s forest:
Something else is alive”

“The Thought-Fox” encapsulates Alice Oswald’s view that Ted Hughes did not perform the poem as he read, but that “the poem performed him.” Hughes, she thought, was being played by his own music.

This event, organised by Peter Howarth of the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University, London, was devised by Bernard Schwartz, director of the Poetry Center at 92Y in New York, which has been known for its recordings of poets for the past seventy years. Schwartz, a visiting fellow at Queen Mary, had wondered if it would work to have a live evening with a current poet listening and commenting on the recording of a past poet, and hence Alice Oswald was asked to speak about Hughes’ recordings from 1971 and 1986.

The first recording was from 1971 with Hughes introducing and reading “The Thought-Fox” as the first poem he felt was worth keeping. He tells us that he wrote it about two years after his infamous “departure from studies in academic English” when he dreamt that a “burnt fox” warned him that his studies were “killing us.” Two other foxes were also described – one from his childhood and another from a Swedish film. Oswald then talked about how she came to Hughes; as an undergraduate she felt she was, “narrow minded about poetry” but like Hughes she stopped her academic studies and looked for a looser style, but one which still meant that, “every brick” would count. Finding this in Hughes she called it his “compulsory inner music.” He was not a Nature poet in her opinion; rather, by fusing the different foxes, from one of which, who had human hands, the poet created a mythic fox, a metaphorical fox, Hughes was a “preternatural poet.”

“Pibroch” came next, Oswald placing it in a Beckettian world, where there were stones and wind and “A tree [that] struggles to make leaves” reminding us of Waiting for Godot. Redeeming us from this nihilism, Hughes’ “upbeat sound”, the colours of red and black and the “nobility of humans” speak of “the gift of life.” We then heard “Littleblood”, one of the Crow poems, given to Crow by an eskimo. Hughes seems to have brought together disturbing images, but finishes with hope, so after, “Sucking death’s mouldy tits”, comes, “Sit on my finger, sing in my ear, O littleblood.” It felt strange therefore that Oswald did not read at all; it would have been uplifting to hear the voice of the dead, speaking in the living. Hughes’ legacy to us is surely, not only what we have from the past, but what it stirs within us for our lives and literature now and in the future.

“How Water Began to Play” followed where water is mineral, a universal element and not a geographical feature. In a fascinating break from Hughes, there came a reading from the actress Irene Worth, who Schwartz told us appealed to Hughes not to read her any more Crow poems as she found them terrifying. Worth played Phèdre speaking to Theseus in a 1999 recording made in memory of Hughes. Other testimonies followed, first from Peter Brook who said that Hughes had the “ability to reach the active language” and then Derek Walcott who remembered that he had been in Lorca’s house when he had heard that Hughes had died.

Finally we reached the 1986 recording of “October Salmon”. Hughes had explained that when his father was dying, he stayed with him and they would walk in and around the village. The customary walk revealed the fish and through this introduction, the poem becomes yet more powerful in its observation of the great laid low; of the closeness of death, even at birth. One cannot but remember, as you listen, Hughes’ own life, the “Aurora Borealis/Of his April power” comes finally back to his October death and that “epic poise.”

Di Beddow is speaking at the Huddersfield University Ted Hughes Network Symposium in June; she is presenting on the Cambridge of Ted Hughes. Anyone interested in either the Ted Hughes Network, or joining the Ted Hughes Society should contact these links:



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

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 29 March 2017

Here’s our latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week. This is the last edition for Semester two and we’ll be back with in exam term.

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



English PGR Seminar: Ruth Abbott | Thu 30 Mar | 17:15 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

Join our special guest Ruth Abbott (University of Virginia) for her seminar ‘George Eliot in the Biblioteca Magliabechiana: Romola, the Florentine Renaissance, and the history of historical scholarship’.

For more SED events see our calendar here

Jobs & Paid Internships

Programming & Development Assistant at Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust | Deadline: Mon 10 Apr

Masterclass is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Programming & Development Assistant to join the team.


PostDoctoral Opportunity on ‘Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies’ three-year project | Deadlines vary per post

The Universities of Leeds, Birmingham and Reading are looking for Postdoctoral researchers to join the team on the AHRC-funded ‘Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies’ three-year project.

Opportunities & Volunteering

Call out for Submissions: Eborakon | Deadline: Wed 2 Apr

Eborakon is an annual poetry magazine based at the University of York, publishing new writers alongside established poets.

Download the call out



Calls for Papers

‘Organic Systems:  Environments, Bodies and Cultures in Science Fiction’ Sat 16 Sept hosted at Birkbeck | Deadline: Wed 31 May

Download the CfP


To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Monday 24 April 2017 at 5pm

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.

Scholarships announced for 2017-18 Entry

We are excited to announce our Scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Choose your level:




School of English and Drama Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship 2017-18

We will be awarding one Excellence Scholarship in 2017-18 for students pursuing our BA in English, BA in Drama or BA in English and Drama.

The Scholarship will cover 50% of the course fees (for the standard duration of the course) and will go to an International student (paying overseas fees)

Eligibility requirement:

You will be eligible if you are an international student who firmly accepts our offer to study on one of the three participating degree programmes (BA in English, BA in Drama, BA in English and Drama). If you’re eligible you’ll be invited to submit a short piece of writing. You would be expected to maintain an average of 68% or above to retain the scholarship.

How to apply:

When you firmly accept our offer of a place we’ll write to you with details of the writing task.

Deadline: Essays must be submitted by 17:00 BST on Monday 10 July 2017.



School of English and Drama Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships 2017-18


We will be awarding two School of English and Drama Excellence Scholarships in 2017-18 for students pursuing our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways) or our MA in Poetry.

The Scholarships cover 50% of the course fees – one scholarship will go to a Home/EU student, the other scholarship will go to an International student.

Eligibility for the scholarship

In order to be selected by our panel to receive the award:

  • You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
  • You must meet the conditions of your offer.
  • You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.  If you are in receipt of another QMUL Scholarship, e.g. the Alumni Loyalty Award, you will be awarded only one Scholarship, whichever has the greater value.

Please note that:

  • Scholarships are not payable directly to you, but are off set against your student fee invoice.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to subsequent years.

How to apply for the scholarships

Simply apply to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways) or our MA in Poetry before programme through our online portal before Thursday 1 June 2017. Scholarships are not available for part-time study.

Deadline: We must have received an MA application by 09:00 BST on Thursday 1 June 2017.


If you have any questions please email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 7882 8571.

Posters in Parliament 2017 by Angelica Hill

Posters in Parliament 2017: Part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Hosted by University College London.

Angelica Hill, 3rd Year English and Drama Student

On Tuesday 14th March Queen Mary’s University took two students to the fifth annual “Posters in Parliament” event at the Houses of Parliament. Sam represented undergraduate work in Physics, and I was there for the School of English and Drama. Fifty-two undergraduate students from twenty-seven Universities across the country presented and discussed their research with fellow undergraduates, lecturers, academics, and a few MPs, including Hilary Benn, Ben Bradshaw and Caroline Lucas. Students had a rare opportunity to look around the House of Commons and sit in on some of the sessions being held; whilst MPs, legislators and policy makers got to see first-hand some of the innovative research taking place around the country. It give us a platform to present our work to those who could potentially be making decision around the research in the future.


It was a wonderful day of intellectual stimulation, in an environment palpably buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement. It was great to find out what my fellow undergraduates in this country are working on, as well as allowing me to learn more about areas that I might otherwise have never got the opportunity to engage with, such as nanotechnology, macroeconomics, 17th Century female medical practitioners, and other interesting and obscure areas of research.


We began the day in Parliament Square, meeting by the statue of Mahatma Gandhi (2015), before going through security and entering the beautiful House of Commons. Surrounded by fellow students, school parties, tourists, a few recognizable BBC reporters, and a UKIP MP, we wandered around the building taking in the history and grandeur. My presentation was partly on King Henry VI, who held 23 parliaments in this building six hundred years ago, which gave a sense of moment to the occasion for me. Sam and I got to sit in on a parliamentary hearing about the state of buses in England and whether there should be a reduction, or increase in funding towards the expansion of the bus networks across England before lunch


Sam presented his research on how gravitational dynamical processes, including the effect of the moon Prometheus, as well as, impacts from nearby objects, can determine the structure and behaviour of the F ring of Saturn, in the first presentation session. The poster included beautiful imagery of Saturn’s rings.


This section lasted about an hour before there was a change over to the second presentation session, in which I was presenting my research. I had never presented in this format before, standing beside a poster outlining my work, and did not get much guidance as to how best to present the work, however it seemed the best thing to do was to create a poster which drew people towards you, outline the key points of your arguments, and then once they had looked over the poster to speak to them about your work and outline the key arguments and facts in more depth verbally, as opposed to through a text-heavy poster.

Samuel Matthews, Physics student

My research is drawn from my third year dissertation work on the denigration of “others” in comparison to the image of the English male and “Englishness” in Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy, exploring concepts of the Self and the Other and relating the world of Henry VI to the world in which we currently live. It was nice to bring Henry VI back to Westminster today. This poster presentation format gave me quite a nice relaxed format in which to discuss my work. Although, I think I prefer verbal, paper presentations to an audience as then everyone gets a chance to hear everyone else’s ideas.


Following this section there was a short break, in which we chatted amongst ourselves, whilst the judging panel conferred. This was comprised of Naomi Saint, the Univesrities Programme Manager at Parliament, Diana Beech from the Higher Education Policy Institute, and Professors Dilly Fung and Stuart Hampton-Reeves from UCL and UCLan. Prizes went to research into: the ‘informal economy and migrant communities’ (Nottingham Trent University), ‘the role of art in mental health recovery’ (Hull College Group),’aortic stiffness due to increased pulsatility in cerebral arteries’ (University of Exeter) and ‘the stakeholder experiences of pharmacists in GP clinics’ (University of Reading). Unfortunately, Queen Mary’s did not come away with any prizes, however the experience of being able to present my work was invaluable and great practice for the British Undergraduate Conference both myself and Sam, as well as about 38 other QM students who will be there in Brighton for this event at the end of April.


Attending Posters in Parliament was beneficial in three key ways: firstly, it was great practice presenting and discussing my research with fellow scholars who could identify and question gaps in my research, and suggest theorists and texts I could explore to broaden and deepen my research; secondly, it was a great opportunity to meet with fellow scholars and hear about other sections of research which I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear about; and thirdly, it is was a great opportunity to meet policy-makers and see the every-day running of the Houses of Parliament, and get some sense that our undergraduate work is noticed by and matters to people who are running the country.


It was an honour to represent Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama at this event, which has an open application policy. My thanks to Julian Ingle in the Learning Development Team, Jerry Brotton in English and Pen Woods in Drama for their help with this work. I would strongly encourage all students to look into and apply to this event next year as you meet some wonderful people, learn new things, as well as developing the skill of communicating your research to an array of different people, from varying backgrounds, and experiencing the joy of sharing your research with others – as well as the free food.


#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 22 March 2017

Here’s our 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.



Drama QUORUM Seminar: Sita Balani | Thu 22 March | 18:00 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

Join our special guest Sita Balani for her seminar ‘Staging identity-talk: “Albion” and “Men in the Cities”’.


English PGR Seminar: Herbert Tucker | Thu 23 March | 17:15 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Professor Herbert Tucker (University of Virginia) and his seminar entitled: ‘After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice’.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

3 job opportunities at Faber & Faber Books | Various Deadlines in March

  • Children’s Marketing Executive
  • Senior Marketing Executive
  • Editorial Assistant

Find out more about the roles

Opportunities & Volunteering

Call out for Performances at Sex and Puppets Cabaret from Drama Graduate Edie Edmundson 

Sexy, fun, scary, rebellious or just plain weird cabaret performances – anyone who wants to let their pure genius and
talent hang out for a generous crowd.

Sculpture, Circus, Walkabout, Clowning, Spoken Word, Improv, Object Manipulation, Puppetry, Comedy, Drag, Burlesque,
Performance Art, Music, DJs and Dance, Edibles, Sword Swallowing (of any kind)….we’re open to all wondrous things!

In progress and experimental work welcome, slots under 10 minutes. All ages, races, genders and identities encouraged. Get in touch with your ideas, we’d love to make it happen!

Date: Thursday 20th of April
Location: New Rivers Studios, N4 1DN

Drop us a line before 27th March at wonderinghands.uk@gmail.com with your name, a description of your act and any photos.

All proceeds go towards the production of Wondering Hands’ ‘Sex and Puppets’ Show, on next at Camden People Theatre 7 May 2017 during Hotbed Festival.

Download the Call Out


Calls for Papers

“Movement and/in/of the City” 16th June 2017 hosted at the University of Kent | Deadline: Sat 1 Apr

Download the CfP


Popular Performance : Localisation, commercialism and globalisation at V&A | Deadline: Thu 13 Apr

Download the CfP


Something Other invites submissions of text-based work and other somethings for The Second Chapter: On Migration | Deadline: Mon 27 Mar

Download the CfP


The Legacy of Mata Hari: Women and Transgression | Deadline Tue 30 May

Download the CfP


To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Monday 27 March 2017 at 5pm

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.

Hetta Howes chosen as BBC New Generation Thinker 2017

We are delighted to announce that  Dr Hetta Howes has been selected as one of the AHRC/ BBC Radio 3/ BBC 4 New Generation Thinkers for 2017.

This is a highly prestigious national competition for early career researchers whose work is of the highest quality and greatest public interest.

The high standard of Hetta’s public engagement work has been recognised and now she will have opportunities to make programmes with the BBC.

Hetta Howes’s research has explored the relationship between women and water, tracing misogynist rhetoric back to the Middle Ages. Her new project will examine the part that fluids play in medieval life and how this might connect to today.

Hetta is interested in how women are treated or portrayed in medieval literature, and how women’s writing challenges or subverts various medieval female stereotypes as well as challenging our own modern preconceptions of women in that time.

Read more in the announcement here


SED welcomes Professors Patrick Flanery and David Schalkwyk

I am delighted to announce that we shall have two new professors in the English Department from September 2017.

Patrick Flanery’s first novel was the internationally acclaimed Absolution (2012) and his most recent novel is I Am No One (2106). He is currently writing a fourth novel on the lives of those affected by the Hollywood Blacklist. After his early education in the US he left to do a PhD at Oxford on the publishing history of Evelyn Waugh’s work. He has been Professor of Creative Writing at Reading since 2014 and joins us with that same title, to lead our new programme; English with Creative Writing.

David Schalkwyk is an internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar who left South Africa in 2008 to become Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.. Since 2014 he has been Academic Director of Global Shakespeare, a Warwick-QMUL collaboration which is coming to an end this August. He brings two research strands which dovetail very well with existing areas of strength in teaching and research in both English and Drama: Shakespeare, philosophy, and theory; South African prison writing.


Photos from left to right:

Professor Patrick Flanery

Professor David Schalkwyk – Photo by Julie Ainsworth. Courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library.


#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 15 March 2017

Here’s our latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week from tomorrow Thursday 16-Wednesday 22 March.

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



English PGR Seminar: Dr Adam Kelly, University of York | Thu 16 Mar | 18:15 in Room GC203 | QMUL Mile End

We’re delighted to invite you to the next English Postgraduate Research Seminar, with Dr Adam Kelly from the University of York, who will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘The Novel at the End of History: Donald Trump and Infinite Jest’.


Inaugural Lecture: Warren Boutcher: Beyond English: Going back into (literary) Europe | Thu 16 Mar | 18:30 – 21:30 | QMUL Mile End

Join Warren Boutcher, Professor of Renaissance Studies and Head of School of English and Drama, for his Inaugural Lecture.

Register online here


Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions presents: Emotions, Identity and the Supernatural: The Concealed Revealed Project | Tue 21 March | The Horse Hospital, Covent Garden | Free

Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire) and Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire) will talk about their work on the Concealed Revealed project.


Widening the Net: Collaborating between Digital and Performance | Tue 21 Mar | 16:00-18:00 | QMUL – Mile End

Both MAT and the QMUL School of Drama have a disciplinary investment in digital technologies as a means for producing performance, and as a theoretical mode of engagement. From digital archival practices to motion-capture, quantitative approaches to stage blocking, to cyborg and automated performance, MAT and SED scholars use radically different theoretical frameworks and material practices, but are driven by
a shared investigation of how people perform and behave, and how digital technology influences this.

How can our knowledges support and inform each other? Such cross-over and conversation is common and essential to the growth and development of humanities and technology research.

As a way to fill in the gaps in our departmentalknowledge of each other, and our methodologies, ideologies and practical resources, PhD candidates Amy Borsuk of SED and Vanessa Pope of MAT are widening the net as part of Intersections, a series of MAT interdisciplinary events.

We invite staff and postgraduates from SED and MAT to meet and share their research on Tuesday, 21 March from 4–6 pm in Rehearsal Room One in ArtsOne Building.

For this pilot event, we invite guests to give a 1 minute presentation on your research as formally or informally
as you like, highlighting what you are researching and what you would like to know about the other department, other practices, or other disciplines.

Register to attend


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week.

Opportunities & Volunteering

Flare Festival Call Out for Performances | Deadline 17 March

The Flare International Festival of New Theatre, taking place in Manchester 4-8 July this summer alongside the Manchester International Festival, is still looking for challenging and original new theatre pieces by existing and recent students for its Future Flares strand (the main call for artists is also still open). Full details at http://www.flarefestival.com/future-flares/


Calls for Papers


Queer Localities: a two-day international queer history conference at Birkbeck, University of London | 30 November – 1 December 2017 | Deadline for Proposals: Mon 20 Mar

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Popular Performance : Localisation, commercialism and globalisation at V&A | Deadline: Thu 13 Apr

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Drama ranked 30th and English 32nd in the world in QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017)

In a prestigious survey of 4,438 universities, Drama at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has risen, remarkably, from the 51-100 range last year to 30th in the world this year in the Performing Arts subject category. English has continued its steady ascendance since 2013, climbing this time from 35th to 32nd in the world in the English Language and Literature subject category.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject is considered to be among the most trusted of league tables. Rankings are based on academic and employer reputations and research citations per faculty (the number of times the research is credited in the work of other academics).


Professor Warren Boutcher (Head of School of English and Drama) said:

“I am delighted to see our world-class English and Drama departments continue to ascend the QS World University Rankings by Subject, now heading towards the top 30. This reflects our upward curve in terms of the excellence we are achieving in both disciplines, and promises a very bright future.”


 Professor Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences) said:

“I am especially pleased for colleagues in the Drama Department, now ranked 30th in the world.”


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