Attention Final Year Students – The National Student Survey is open for 2018

The National Student Survey (NSS) is now open to give your thoughts about studying with us.

Complete the survey

The NSS is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students.

It’s important for QMUL and the team in English and Drama as it gives us an opportunity to hear from you about what’s working and where we can improve.

Your feedback will help us make changes to improve the experience for future students.

You can complete the NSS now at:

PLUS: We have a dedicated computer for you to complete the survey with a snacks trolley by our School Reception on 3rd floor of ArtsOne Building.

Thanks very much for taking the time to complete this important survey!

Best wishes,

Matt Rubery and Catherine Silverstone
Directors of Teaching and Learning

School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Photo Special: The Great Yiddish Parade – Part of Being Human Festival

Our very own Dr Nadia Valman was a key organiser of the ‘The Great Yiddish Parade’, which took place on 19 November 2017.

The event was a re-enactment of an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Victorian Whitechapel. That year, strikes were erupting all over the East End, and demonstrators demanded better conditions and wages for all East End workers. 

The Great Yiddish Parade of 1889 used the medium of music, song and oratory to build solidarity and attract others to their cause. Their protest songs, in Yiddish — the language of Jewish immigrants — were recreated by a band of klezmer musicians and singers. At Mile End Waste, a strip of green space in Whitechapel where political rallies were held in the nineteenth century, speakers addressed the audience of participants and locals with oratory taken from East End political activists. In the photos below see east London’s forgotten heritage of protest being brought to life in poetry and song.

Thanks to the Being Human festival of the Humanties and QMUL Centre for Public Engagement. Photographs by Ralph Hodgson.


Nadia Valman and Julie Begum in Aldgate

Singer Brendan McGeever with the Great Yiddish Parade song sheet

Vivi Lachs and Julie Begum in Whitechapel

Lucie Glasheen gives song sheets to passersby

The parade passes Aldgate East station

The parade at Middlesex Street

Watching the parade in Whitechapel High Street

Passersby read the song sheet

A shopkeeper watches as the parade passes

Musical director Sarha Moore and musicians

The parade in Whitechapel

Watching the parade in Whitechapel Road

The parade approaches Mile End Waste

Oratory by the statue of William Booth, Mile End Waste

Carrie Hamilton as anarchist orator Emma Goldman

Julie Begum as investigative journalist Olive Christian Malvery

Rabbi Janet Burden of Ealing Liberal Synagogue

Organisers Nadia Valman and Vivi Lachs at Mile End Waste

English and Drama Newsletter – November 2017

Welcome to the November edition of our English and Drama newsletter.

Please do let us know if you have any December news:



Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture at QMUL
Thursday 8 November, 18:00-20:00
The People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a celebration of the arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London. Special guests include our very own Drama Professor Lois Weaver, QMUL Associate Research Fellow and performance artist Dickie Beau.

Speakers include:

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum
  • Stella Hall, Co-founder of the Green Room and leading festival director
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Masters Open Events
English and Drama Masters Open Events

Drama: Tuesday 28 November, 17:30, Arts Two FADS, QMUL – Mile End
English: Wednesday 29 November, 17:30, Arts Two SCR, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a drink and discover more about our MA programmes from Early Modern Literature to the latest developments in Live Art.

A Season of Bangla Drama
A Season of Bangla Drama

3-26 November
Various Venues

A Season of Bangla Drama, is now in its 15th year and throughout November, 13 plays with a British-Bengali perspective will bring classic and new stories to life on stages across Tower Hamlets. Physical theatre, dance and music will be used to overcome language barriers and reach new audiences. Queen Mary University of London is a key partner.


Other Shylocks
Saturday 4 November
QMUL – Mile End, The Octagon, Queens Building

A symposium presented by the Centre for Global Shakespeare, Queen Mary University of London,
as part of “Shylock in and Beyond the Ghetto” supported by the European Commission under the
Creative Europe programme and sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute.


Literary Walks Seeing London through Migrants’ Eyes
4 and 18 November, times and locations vary
This autumn Nadia Valman (English) leads a series of free guided walks in collaboration with the Migration Museum Project exploring London through the eyes of migrant writers from the nineteenth century to the present.

November’s events focus on migrants in Bloomsbury and Caribbean migrants in the 1950s. All are welcome but registration is essential.

Also don’t miss The Great Yiddish Parade on 19 November. As part of the Being Human Festival 2017,  Nadia Valman is restaging an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Whitechapel. Join the choir and band marching to klezmer beats and singing songs written in the 1880s in the East End to rouse workers to join together to fight exploitation. Also participating will be three local schools with whom we’ve been working this term. Anyone interested in the roots of radicalism and the culture of protest in east London is welcome to join the march, or just watch. Register here.


QMUL Centre for Sound Cultures Think Tank event
Monday 13 November, 18:30
Arebyte Gallery, Canning Town

This is an open invitation to an exploratory event gathering together interested people in thinking through and defining the future scope of Queen Mary University of London’s newly formed Centre for Sound Cultures.
Email Ella Finer if you’re interested:


Thursday 16 November, 14:00-17:30
QMUL – Mile End, FADS, Arts Two Building

Queen Mary Archives at Queen Mary University of London have recently acquired the Ian Hinchliffe archive. To mark this acquisition, Afterlives is an evening of talks, screenings and performances that will consider archives and legacies in relation to performance art and live art, through the art and lives of four extraordinary and influential artists who died in recent years: Ian Hinchliffe, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Lol Coxhill and Roger Ely.


Family Album: A 4-way DJ set

Friday 24 November 2017, 17:00

The British Library, Kings Cross

Family Album is 
a 4-way DJ set by Marcia Farquhar and Jem, our very own Ella Finer (Drama) and Kitty Finer, all of whom work with vinyl in distinct ways. Each member of the family will mix sounds that they have individually contributed to the British Library Sound Archive over the years with other records of their own, and other’s, making. Part of the British Library’s Season of Sound.


Eirini Kartsaki: Herpes
Friday 24 November, 19:30
Chisenhale Dance Space

Drama’s Eirini Kartsaki presents, HERPES, a performance about desire, STIs and fantasizing about the Duchess of Cambridge. Also don’t miss Eirini’s book launch on Friday 1 December.


Daljit Nagra

QMUL Honorary Fellow and Poet Daljit Nagra is interviewed by Rachael Gilmour in this video filmed in Oxford.

The Department of Drama signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Live Art Development Agency on 13 October 2017. Dominic Johnson said ‘The signing of the MOU formalises our relationship, and will hopefully enable and sustain lots more collaborations, opportunities for mutual learning, and related adventures in making, showing and thinking about live art and contemporary performance.’

Zara Dinnen has published a piece about Code on Screen in New Criticals ahead of her book which will launch in January 2018. Follow her on Twitter here.



1. Jerry Brotton has been recording more handy Hay Levels videos on Youtube. See the latest here.

2. Read a report entitled Creative Hubs and Urban Development Goals (UK/Brazil) led by Morag Shiach.

3. Read Matthew Rubery‘s blog post for World Sight Day online: Remembering The Audiobook Pioneers (pictured above).

New for 2018 entry: Our Degrees Now Can Have a Year Abroad

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 the following undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes now have 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 [pending approval]

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.

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.