Coronavirus and the School of English and Drama – FAQs for Students

Last updated: 27 March 2020 – 15:26

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  1. Teaching, supervision and drop-in hours: All face-to-face teaching and student support in the School of English and Drama will take place online and/or by phone from Friday 13 March where staff are not taking industrial action.
  2. Assessment: You are still expected to complete your assignments; in some cases, alternative forms of assessment will be set. You can submit your work up to 14 days late without the need for a Late Work application; this “grace period” applies to all assignments due in Semester 2 (i.e. those with deadlines from 16 February), the Exam Period (except alternative examination assignments for ESH101 and ESH110) and MA dissertations (due in August). 
  3. Access to Buildings: The Library and Arts One (including Drama’s performance spaces) have been temporarily closed. PC labs have been closed for health and safety reasons. Please consult Queen Mary’s central information for updates.
  4. Access to University services: Services are available online, including The LibraryAdvice and Counselling, and the Dyslexia and Disability Service.

Frequently Asked Questions

WELLBEING

Queen Mary remains committed to supporting students at this difficult time. Please refer to the University’s Advice and Counselling website or use the Big White Wall for online support. There is also information on what to do if you’re worried about coronavirus on Queen Mary’s dedicated web-pages and on the UK’s NHS website.

RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGLISH AND DRAMA

All academic Schools at Queen Mary are cancelling face-to-face teaching on their programmes from 5pm on Thursday 19 March.

In place of face-to-face provision, teaching and learning activities are being migrated online, principally via QMplus. In the School of English and Drama we took the decision to stop face-to-face teaching and migrate online from Friday 13 March.

This is in order to address multiple concerns about student and staff wellbeing, and to ensure a parity of experience for all students, including those who have been forced to absent themselves from class and/or return home due to the current pandemic.

Our joint honours partner Schools have made similar decisions, replacing face-to-face teaching with online teaching: the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film has cancelled all face-to-face teaching from Monday 16 March and the School of History has cancelled all face-to-face teaching from Tuesday 17 March.

Our decision is supported by the Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Colin Bailey.

Face-to-face teaching and related meetings/supervisions in the School of English and Drama have been cancelled from Friday of Week 8 (13 March) until further notice for the 2019-20 academic year.

No student will be required to come onto the Mile End campus for face-to-face teaching in the School of English and Drama for the remainder of this semester (until Thursday 9 April) or for examinations or other assessments in May.

No, although the School of English and Drama has closed physically the School’s administrative team remain available to support you remotely during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2-5pm); please contact sed-information@qmul.ac.uk. Your teachers and advisors are available remotely for you for online teaching, supervision and support.

No. We have been advised that the ArtsOne building has been temporarily closed to all but essential staff.

ONLINE TEACHING & STUDENT SUPPORT

Academic staff have been asked to make the best possible arrangements for their modules in terms of providing online content, and to be available remotely for students in their classes during the normal timetabled teaching slots. These arrangements will necessarily vary, and you will need to watch out for specific announcements from your teachers about your lectures, seminars, and practice-based classes. In general we anticipate that online teaching materials will be available for you via QMplus for each class not affected by industrial action.

Please attend online classes at the scheduled UK time. If this isn’t possible (e.g. you’re asleep), please review the work and tasks for the assigned week at a convenient time, as close to the original class as possible.

Yes, as far as possible lecture content will be made available to you. Often this will mean reviewing a lecture from last year’s module via QReview, although sometimes teaching staff may post new video or audio content, or upload scripts. Copies of lecture slides and handouts will be uploaded to QMplus as normal.

Your teachers will advise you about what will happen in particular online sessions. You might, for example, be asked to email questions, contribute to online forum discussions, work through preparation questions, complete research tasks, etc. Copies of classroom slides and handouts will be uploaded to QMplus as normal.

You should prepare for class in the usual way as far as possible by following existing (or updated) information on QMplus and/or in module packs. Look out for specific instructions from teaching staff, and take a look at this list of suggestions for how to prepare for online teaching and learning.

Download our advice document

In the first instance please contact your seminar/workshop leader or module convenor. They will be best placed to advise you what arrangements are in place for online learning on your module. Please be patient with your teachers as they adjust to this new way of working. You shouldn’t necessarily expect to find any additional online materials for the class until the date/time at which it is due to start.

The requirements for online learning in the School of English and Drama will be the same as your normal access to QMplus. However, if you do have concerns about your capacity to participate due to technical limitations, please get in touch for advice at sed-information@qmul.ac.uk. If you do not have access to a computer due to financial hardship can apply for support through the Financial Assistance Fund. Please also advise your teachers of your concerns.

Queen Mary’s Library at Mile End and the University of London’s Senate House Library have been temporarily physically closed; please review their websites for up to date opening information. Both libraries offer online resources (e.g. journals, ebooks, databases) and you are strongly encouraged to make use of these resources, along with those on QMplus and other online sources, as appropriate (e.g. museums, galleries, artists, theatres etc.). Please be in touch with your teacher if you have concerns about access to resources.

Please only travel in accordance with UK government guidelines; if you’re outside the UK, please consult local guidelines.

You are not required to attend performances, exhibitions or undertake independent fieldwork in the UK set for your modules. Your teachers will advise of alternative learning activities and any assessment-related adjustments, where appropriate.

Please only travel in accordance with UK government guidelines; if you’re outside the UK, please consult local guidelines.

Please only travel in accordance with UK government guidelines; if you’re outside the UK, please consult local guidelines.

Please refer (as appropriate) to QMUL's "Advice about travel" FAQs and the guidance for PhD students from the Doctoral College. Students concerned about disruption to plans relating to international (or domestic) travel relating to their research are also encouraged to consult their supervisor(s), module convenor, MA Course Convenor and/or Director of Graduate Studies (in the case of PhD students), as appropriate.

Yes. All teaching staff are expected to retain their existing drop-in hours and to offer remote meetings via email, telephone, and/or video conferencing, advising of you of any changes to availability where necessary. Staff are expected to use the same mechanisms to offer dissertation supervision as normal. Please feel free to contact your advisor, teacher and/or dissertation supervisor to find out what arrangements they have made and to book a remote appointment.

Online renewal: You can renew your books online. Please consult The Library’s self-service webpage for details. If you experience any problems renewing, please contact library@qmul.ac.uk

Loan periods: The Library is working to extend loan periods for items already on loan. Please check the Library website for updates.

Fines: All fines have been waived as of Monday 16 March, and no further fines will be incurred during the closure period.

Holds (reservations): These have ceased as of Wednesday 18 March.  See the Library website for information on access to resources (books) and further information on alternative ways to access resources during the closure period.

Please consult the Library website for more details of digital support and services.

No. PC labs have been closed for health and safety reasons. Please consult Queen Mary's central information for updates.

Yes. Please consult the FAQs on the Doctoral College webpage and contact your supervisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies by email for further details.

We expect the process to follow the timetable set out in the module directory.

ASSESSMENT

Yes. We expect all students to complete their written assignments. You should submit this work to QMplus as normal.  

You will be asked to complete any assessed individual presentations via telephone or video conferencing (e.g. Skype, FaceTime), or written alternative where this has been agreed with your teacher. Your teacher will be in touch to arrange this in due course.

In the case of any assessed group presentations, you will be set an individual alternative assignment directly relating to your presentation (e.g. written script or notes, powerpoint slides, podcast, video). Again, your teacher will be in touch with further details. You will need to make your submission online to QMplus (in the same way as a written assignment) and a dedicated submission point will be set up. The deadlines for these alternative assessments will be no less than two weeks after the date on which a group presentation was due to take place.

Specific arrangements for alternative assessments will be made for each practice-based Drama module this semester, where practical projects had been scheduled between 16 March—9 April and in the Exam Period (May 2020). Your teacher will be in touch with further details as soon as possible.

Queen Mary has cancelled in-person examinations this May/June, including for ESH101 Shakespeare and ESH110 Literatures in Time. However, you will still be expected to complete formal assessment for these modules, and details of the alternative arrangement to the in-person examination will be made available by your teachers as soon as possible.

Only if your assignment is more than 14 days (or 336 hours) late. In light of the coronavirus pandemic (as well as the effects of the recent industrial action), the School of English and Drama will not apply Late Work Penalties to any assignment submitted within two weeks (14 days, or 336 hours) of the deadline. You therefore do not need to submit a Late Work Report application for any written assignment submitted less than two weeks late.

This 14-day “grace-period” applies to all assignments due in Semester 2 and during the Semester 2 Exam Period. In other words, all assignments with deadlines that fall between 16 February 2020 and 31 May 2020, and MA dissertations (due in August), can be submitted up to two weeks late, without penalty. It does not apply to the formal alternative examination arrangements for ESH101 Shakespeare and ESH110 Literatures in Time (details to follow from the convenors shortly), which are subject to different assessment regulations. 

 

Only in particular circumstances: You can replace your assignment on QMplus up to 14 days (or 336 hours) after the deadline without needing to submit a Late Work Report application. Please take care, though: any replacement submission you make more than 14 days after the deadline will mean that the assignment is considered late (even if you had originally made an on-time submission).  

If you submit an assignment more than 14 days after the deadline, you should follow the School’s existing processes relating to late work.  Students with extenuating circumstances specifically related to coronavirus/COVID-19 should contact studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk.

The latest date by which you can submit a late assignment that is due in Semester 2 or in the Exam Period is 1 June 2020 at 12.00 noon.

1 June at 12.00 noon is also the deadline to submit any Late Work Report applications for assignments due in Semester 2 or in the Exam Period.

Yes. The deadline for you to submit your outstanding assignment is now 1 June 12:00 noon.

Yes. The final deadline for you to submit your resit assignment is now 1 June 12:00 noon 

The School of English and Drama recognises that this an area of key concern for students. Your teachers are working on preparing alternative assignments as a priority and will advise you as soon as possible (this will vary according to staff participation in industrial action). In the meantime, please keep working on your original assignments, as far as is possible, in relation to your personal circumstances (alternative assignments will draw on this work).

All students collaborating on group assignments will asked to make an individual submission for that piece of assessment to QMplus. Where circumstances permit, you may continue to collaborate with others in your group, in person or remotely, depending on your personal circumstances. Where you are unable to continue collaborating, please inform the rest of your group and continue working independently on the assignment instead. Where a member of your group is no longer able to collaborate, please respect their decision and continue to work with the remaining members of your group. All members of a group may make identical written submissions to a group assignment when you are drawing on collective work. Please ask your teacher for further advice if you are uncertain.

Your mark for participation (where this applies to a module you are taking) will be generated on the basis of the teaching you have received. Your teachers will grade your participation sympathetically, especially in cases where you may have had absences or online access difficulties.

No. Undergraduate and MA dissertations are now only due electronically via QMPlus by the original deadline (date and time).

All assignments will now be submitted electronically via QMplus.  Your teacher will advise on any revisions to the assignment brief (e.g. submitting photographs of objects you have made rather than submitting the object itself).

If you have missing assignments at the end of the academic year, you should follow the School’s existing processes relating to extenuating circumstances.  Students with extenuating circumstances specifically related to COVID-19 should contact studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk.

The deadline to submit your Extenuating Circumstances application is 1 June 2020 at 12 noon.

The School of English and Drama is committed to ensuring that no student is disadvantaged in their assessment outcomes as a consequence of the current pandemic, industrial action and the transition to online teaching. Members of staff in the School have been instructed to mark your work on the basis of the teaching you have received and the resources that you’ve been able to access, and asked to adjust their expectations as necessary.

In advance of the Subject Examination Boards in English and Drama that confirm your final marks for the year, the School will take extra measures to review student achievement and progression in order to ensure that all students are being treated equally and sympathetically.

The School of English and Drama is seeking clarification on this question and we will update you when we have more information.  

Your Year Abroad does not count in the calculation of your degree classification (it’s a pass/fail element of your programme, which you only need to ‘pass’ in order to progress to your final year). We expect that students in the School of English and Drama who are studying abroad for the 2019-20 academic year will receive a pass grade for the Year Abroad. 

The School of English and Drama is waiting for further guidance on this matter. In the meantime, the School can, though, promise finalists that in preparation for our Subject Examination Boards we will take extra measures to review student achievement in order to ensure that all students are being treated equally and sympathetically.

Yes. Please consult the FAQs on the Doctoral College webpage and contact your supervisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies by email for further details.

DRAMA SPACE & SUPPORT

Yes. You’re welcome to contact members of the team by email.

FEES

The University will provide guidance on this matter and you are advised to consult the centrally maintained FAQs for further information. It is not possible for the School of English and Drama to make its own decision about this issue.

HOUSING

GRADUATION

No. Queen Mary has postponed summer graduation ceremonies, and will be communicating new dates as soon possible. Please consult Queen Mary’s graduation information and general FAQs for updates as they become available.

TRAVEL

Please only travel in accordance with UK government guidelines; if you’re outside the UK, please consult local guidelines.

Please refer (as appropriate) to QMUL's "Advice about travel" FAQs and the guidance for PhD students from the Doctoral College. Students concerned about disruption to plans relating to international (or domestic) travel relating to their research are also encouraged to consult their supervisor(s), module convenor, MA Course Convenor and/or Director of Graduate Studies (in the case of PhD students), as appropriate.


This guidance has been compiled in order to provide students in the School of English and Drama with the best possible information available at the time of writing. Please remember that the institutional, national, and international contexts in light of the coronavirus pandemic are uncertain and changing, and it is likely that this will continue for some time. As a consequence, we will need to update this information from time to time. Any new decisions that are taken will always be with the best interests of students and staff firmly in view.

If you have a question for the School of English and Drama that is not addressed by this page, please email us on sed-information@qmul.ac.uk.

Eleni Sophia (English Student) on getting to the Final of Gradventure with her business Perspective Press Global

“So I got a phone call from Francesca telling me I had been nominated for the sem-finals for Gradventure – a competition for the student entrepreneurs of the University of London group where we would be pitching for funding! There were 16 semi-finalists and 8 of us made it to the finals!

On 1 February I had to pitch at Goldsmiths and a week later I was told I had gotten through to the finals! I believe I am the youngest finalist- the others have already graduated.

Next week, (March 12) I will be pitching for funding! By this time next year I want six authors published under Perspective Press Global so I need this funding to be able to provide services for editing, illustrating, marketing, cover designing etc.

When I graduate, I want to work on this full time; there is nobody else doing this in the UK and I already have a large following of almost 60,000 followers on my Instagram- many of whom message me asking me for help! I just need the funding to take it further; everything else is already in place!

Also, just as a side note, in celebration for International Women’s Day we will be donating a pack of sanitary towels (per book sale) for women who cannot afford them in order to raise awareness of Period Poverty!”

PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Support) in the School of English and Drama

Finding deadlines and time-management overwhelming? Requiring academic support and guidance from undergraduate students? PASS is here to help!

PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Support) is a mentoring scheme which is run by students for students, specifically first-year students who have a keen interest in gaining academic advice from upper-year undergraduate students. PASS is firmly established in 14 departments at Queen Mary, including the English and Drama department. Mentors at PASS offer invaluable and comprehensive help to students, which has proven to benefit students moving onto their final years at university. 

For English PASS, most of the sessions which run on a weekly basis are orientated around upcoming assignments and assisting students with queries related to academia. I think this scheme is a great opportunity for first-year students to consolidate their learning by discussing their queries or interests. 

For more information about PASS feel free to email the links below: 

Samrawit Elias (English PASS student organiser)

s.elias@hss17.qmul.ac.uk

Lydia (PASS Drama Student Organiser)

l.m.d.hallam@hss17.qmul.ac.uk  

Student of the month: Kerry Hunt – BA Drama (Hons)

Always willing to participate

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

Study Abroad programme, QMTC, working for the SU and student ambassadoring

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

Grown my confidence, met new people, taken part in programmes which I otherwise wouldn’t have

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole? (societies/friends/community/values)

Meeting the most amazing international friendship group

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

Producer at Stage 3 Theatre Company, working for the SU and a bar in Aldgate, currently looking for full-time employment

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

Livelihoods could have included some speakers who didn’t just tell us that we would be unemployed and working for free in the future!

QMUL app | SED Social Media | 3 things to do to boss 2020

We’re so excited to welcome students, staff and friends to the School of English and Drama (SED).

Here’s a quick reminder of some easy ways how to connect with us online and a bonus 3 things to do this weekend:

QMUL APP

QMUL APP

The QMUL app is a good way to access all QMUL systems in one place including timetables, campus maps, email, QMPlus and key information.

Also if you’re looking for a way to read email use the OUTLOOK app (Apple/Android) and your username@qmul.ac.uk to login.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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3 THINGS TO START 2020 WITH A BANG!

Constellations
  1. Winter Lights 2020: You have one week left to see a mesmerising free festival of outdoor light art in Canary Wharf – 10 minute bus from QMUL.
  2. See an Oscar nominee for £5 in our People’s Palace Great HallDavid Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln) presents a unique performance for Holocaust Memorial Day.
  3. See a free epic CLIMATE CHANGE art exhibition at Mile End Arts Pavilion: The exhibition will showcase the work of emerging artists and designers alongside protest artefacts, exploring the immediate challenges of the climate crisis and beyond, to the new way of living. Throughout the exhibition there will be a range of associated events, talks and workshops from organisations such as Women’s Environmental Network, Client Earth and Extinction Rebellion as well as from featured artists.

Student of the month: Nicole Brownfield – BA (Hons) English (Alumna)

I am an ambitious, positive and proactive individual constantly on the move, seeking out my next challenge.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

Becoming Editor in Chief of CUB Magazine, meeting new people that I would never have encountered had it not been for university and broadening my mind by studying modules that have changed my outlook on life completely such as all of the postcolonial based modules. Also completing my dissertation and seeing how my initial idea blossomed and having it published as an official document to be circulated in academic circles.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

It has given me a first class degree which will make me stand out to employers. I am actively looking to pursue a job in journalism or editorial industries.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole? (societies/friends/community/values)

The diverse and inclusive community at QM which welcomes everyone and also caters/puts on events for everyone. Also being affiliated with and working closely with QMSU as Editor in Chief of CUB.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I had an internship writing for the UK branch of an American magazine called SOCIETY19 last summer writing mainly for the sex and relationships section. I have just started a two month placement as an Editorial Administrator for an educational company called SAM Labs. My goal is to find a permanent job doing the editorial work I love.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

To really advertise the social side of the university and also the support side, especially for mental health.

Student of the month: Rebecca Barton – BA (Hons) Drama

Meet our Student of the Month! Rebecca tells us about her time at SED so far

Irish lady moves to London and now, does not sound so Irish anymore.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

By far, my time at QM has been made incredible by the people. I know that I have met people here who will be my friends for the rest of my life. And that’s something you always hear will happen at university and hope it’s true! I’m very glad it became true for me. And it’s not just the people themselves, it’s the way they inspire me as well. The art that is being made here, particularly in the sense of theatre, is something I have never been exposed to before.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

My course has helped me in a lot of ways. Before coming here, I definitely saw myself as a strict theatre maker but I know now that’s not the case! Performance art is a whole new kind of theatre in itself that I have been exposed to through the Drama degree at Queen Mary and a kind of theatre that I find so compelling and thought provoking!

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole? (societies/friends/community/values)

Definitely the Queen Mary Theatre Company. QMTC has been the highlight of my whole first year. I’ve been involved in it since the first festival in September and basically haven’t slowed down since then! The theatre being made in QMTC and the standard of student written work being produced there is just astounding. And the welcomeness and friendships I have made inside of QMTC are going to stick with me for life.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

Well, I’ve been involved in a bit of theatre outside QM. I performed in ACT 2, which is the new title for the London Student Drama Festival. That was incredible, because I got to do some great work with theatre people outside of QM. Expand my horizons, shall we say. I also worked with a fantastic company called SHITE Productions, which was making a play in a day. And I am working as FOH staff for Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds The Immersive Theatre Experience, also getting to be a standby for some of the acting roles. That opportunity has been an incredible one for me. There are so many opportunities for experiences in theatre outside QM – you just have go look!

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think less of a segregation between arts and sciences.

English and Drama Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to October. We have some incredible events and news to share with you so please read on…

Picture: Meet our student of the month Şenay Camgöz from MA Live Art

Read Şenay’s post

Events

OCTOBER OPEN DAY

Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 5 October 2019, 10am-3.30pm

From Werewolves to live art, taster sessions at our open day are a great chance to explore English and Drama at QMUL.

Book online

FEATURED

A Season of Bangla Drama
November 2019, Various venues in Tower Hamlets including QMUL

A Season of Bangla Drama is back in Tower Hamlets for another month-long festival of British-Bengali theatre. It is now in its 17th year and firmly established in the area’s cultural calendar and includes a magnificent performance of East Side Story in our very own Great Hall in The People’s Palace.

Download the Season brochure

LISTINGS

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival
Saturday 5 October 2019, Barbican

Nisha Ramayya is reading and speaking at New Suns which explores new and continuing debates in feminist approaches to technology. She will also be reading and speaking at: Exploring Poetry as Disruption (Sat 19 Oct – Southbank Centre)  States of the Body Produced by Love (Fri 25 Oct – ICA)

Solitude, Sociability and Insanity in the Nineteenth Century
Tuesday 8 October 2019, ArtsTwo 3.20, QMUL

In the first paper in our 2019/20 seminar series, Mark Lee from the University of Oxford explores devotional solitude through the lens of ‘religious insanity’ in the nineteenth century.

Philosophy as Therapy
Wednesday 9 October 2019, LSE

Our very own Molly Macdonald is on the panel for to discuss whether thinking philosophically can be a form of self-help.

Writing Our Way Home
Tuesday 15 October 2019, Free Word EC1

What role can literature play in combatting hostile environments? In a new and exciting collaboration between Wasafiri and London’s Free Word Centre, Roger Robinson, Winsome Pinnock, Inua Ellams and Bridget Minamore join forces for readings and debate on writing and resistance. 

Find out more

QUORUM Drama Research Seminar: Molly McPhee
Wednesday 16 October 2019, QMUL

Be sure to go to the next QUORUM entitled ‘Miasmatic Performance: Carceral Atmospherics in the Theatre of Clean Break’. Photo: Pests by Vivienne Franzmann. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar
17 and 31 October, QMUL

Join us for the next English Postgraduate research events from Patrick Flanery and Kirsty Rolfe.

Follow @QMEnglishPGRS on Twitter for booking links

Doing Dr Duckie’s Homemade Mutant Hope Machines
Tuesday 22 October 2019, Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex

Drama PhD Ben Walters unpacks the world-making approaches to performance, cabaret, culture and care for so-called ‘marginalised’ communities.

Book here

Children Behind Bars

Thursday 24 October 2019, 2.07, Bancroft Building, QMUL

Matthew Ingleby will be giving a paper entitled ‘The Child through the Railings’ at this event.

Matthew will also be hosting a free Children’s Bloomsbury Walking Tour as part of Bloomsbury Festival on 20 October.

The Occult
Wednesday 30 October 2019, LSE, WC2A

How does philosophy contend with the mysterious and the inexplicable? Can it really be logic all the way down, or might rationality stand on something a little spookier? Our very own Nisha Ramayya is on hand to discuss at the Forum for Philosophy.

WEAVE IT! – Exhibition
30 October – 6 November 2019, Stour Space

Decorating Dissidence, run by our very own Jade French and alumni Dr. Lottie Whalen, invite you to ‘WEAVE IT!’ an exhibition celebrating and challenging 100 years of the Bauhaus women’s weaving workshop.   This exhibition considers the legacies of crafting and weaving from modernism to the contemporary, exhibiting textile practitioners who respond in different ways to the Bauhaus and beyond.

The launch night on 1st November will see performances by Rasia Kabir and SED’s Julie Rose Bower, with DJs and drinks. 
ONGOING


Read the Room – Contemporary Poetry Reading Group
Every Wednesday (12-1pm) in the Yurt, St Benet’s Chaplaincy, QMUL

Join Read the Room every Wednesday (beginning 9 October) to gather together and fill the room with poetry. Each week we will read aloud work by a different poet or on a different theme, appreciating the culture of contemporary poetry and a collaborative environment.

Meet other poetry enthusiasts or casual readers, stay on top of poetry events, or just enjoy reading something new. Drop in or just come when you can, Read the Room aims to be an accessible space to have fun with poetry.

Sign up for updates

BOOK AHEAD

Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver
Dadderrs

5-6 November 2019, The Place

Daniel is dyspraxic and is too slow.
Frauke has ADHD and is too quick.
They are married and have kids.

Join the couple in the Meadowdrome, their fantastical escapist world. Together you will encounter awkwardly intimate interactive actions, strange dances, sweet and surreal songs, and other off-kilter “grown-up” activities.

This interactive show invites you to explore, converse and play within the neurodivergent realm Daniel and Frauke have created.

Find out more

Turning the Page
Saturday 30 November 2019, QMUL

Launching an anthology of writings, Turning the Page, by the SBS Survivors’ Group: A literary conversation between two groups of BAME women – published writers responding creatively to the stories of the SBS support group.

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News

Mojisola Adebayo will be presenting The Interrogation of Sandra Bland at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in October, culminating in a performance by a huge chorus of black / women-of-colour on stage.

Pragya Dhital joined the English department in September as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, with a project on proscribed political pamphlets in colonial India. During the summer she had two articles published: “From ‘Imam ul-Hind’ to Azizul Hind: The ‘One Man Media House’ in Modern India”, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42:3, 452-468, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2019.1596778 “Media satyagraha in the broadcast age: underground literature and populist politics during the Indian internal emergency of 1975–1977”, Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 21: 7, 942-958, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2019.1585908

Michael Hughes (Creative Writing Lecturer)’s book is reviewed by The New York Times: ‘Hughes’s story proceeds at a breakneck cinematic pace, full of booby traps, double agents and arias promising gruesome revenge.’ Read the full review here

Eleni Sophia (aka English student Sophia Hussain) has published her third book ‘This One’s For You’. The poetry collection is about encouraging young women about the importance of self-love and provides words of encouragement for those going through a tough time.

In July, both Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian shared her poem ‘Her Mindset’ from my first poetry book, ‘Good Morning to Goodnight’ on their Snapchat and Instagram stories.

Hari Marini (Research Student Support) has published her poetry collection 28 ΔΙΑΔΡΟΜΕΣ ΤΗΣ | 28 PATHS OF HER. It has been reviewed here.

Susheila Nasta (English Professor) is has edited a collection called Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now (Out 7 November) an anthology of essays by 15 world writers to celebrate 35 years of Wasafiri but also channels the hot political topics of today. It features work from Bernardine Evaristo, Tabish Khair, Blake Morrison, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Marina Warner and many more.

Pathologies of Solitude project has been awarded a ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ grant by the Wellcome Trust (£21,192) for a project addressing solitude and loneliness as aspects of migrant and refugee experience.

The 18-month project is led by Akshi Singh, postdoctoral fellow on the ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project, and Nisha Ramayya ( Creative Writing Lecturer at QMUL), and is partnered by Akwaaba, an anti-racist migrant befriending centre in East London.

The project will support six creative arts workshops to be held at
Akwaaba, facilitated by BME writers and other diverse artists. Its
results will be disseminated through zines made with workshop
participants, an exhibition and a public story-telling event.

People Palace Projects’Xingu Encounter has been nominated for a Times Higher Education award for ‘International Collaboration of the Year’. The project explores new ways to work with indigenous people in Brazil to preserve & protect their knowledge & culture.

Mahima Tyagi (English with Creative Writing student) has taken over the School of English and Drama Instagram.

Follow us for news and views from Mahima and our students

Ellen Wiles (English Teaching Fellow) curated and spoke at Asylum Stories: Fact, Fiction, Truth event at British Library.

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Student of the month: Şenay Camgöz – MA Live Art

Şenay Camgöz (MA Live Art) tells us about her work and highlights at QMUL…

www.senaycamgoz.co.uk

I am an artist and filmmaker developing my creative practice.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

The highlight was a screening of my short film, ‘Introducing HALA’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event in April 2019.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

I am half way through my MA in Live Art and have already had the chance to share my work with a wider public. The practical support I have received at Queen Mary University has helped me to promote my work on social media networks. Through QMUL I had the chance to screen my work at a major national museum which has given me the confidence to seek opportunities to share my work more widely.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole? (societies/friends/community/values)

Practical workshops have been very useful, in particular, the DIY Life Skills workshop on using Photoshop.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

The essay writing I have been doing as part of my MA has inspired me to write more and I am currently taking part in a collaborative writing project with other arts and humanities students.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

More practical workshops on how to approach institutions with a view to sharing work and advice on writing applications for residencies.

Thirty-one books for Black History Month – a random and non-exhaustive list from Dr Rachael Gilmour, Head of English

To celebrate Black History Month our very own Head of English Rachael Gilmour has chosen 31 books which should be on your reading list.

  1. CLR James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938)
  2. Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (2006)
  3. Peter Fryer, Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (1984)
  4. Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016)
  5. Grace Nichols, The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (1984)
  6. Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls (2013)
  7. Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (2017)
  8. Andrea Levy, Small Island (2004)
  9. Bernardine Evaristo, Mr Loverman (2014)
  10. Pauline Black, Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir (2012)
  11. James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)
  12. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)
  13. Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (2018)
  14. Diana Evans, Ordinary People (2018)
  15. Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011)
  16. Akala, Natives (2018)
  17. Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible (2018)
  18. Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1954)
  19. Jackie Kay, The Adoption Papers (1991)
  20. David Dabydeen, John Gilmore and Cecily Jones, The Oxford Companion to Black British History (2015)
  21. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (2013)
  22. Anthony Joseph, Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon (2018)
  23. Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)
  24. Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (1987)
  25. Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)
  26. Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
  27. Audre Lorde, Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems (2017)
  28. Alex Wheatle, East of Acre Lane (2006)
  29. Aminatta Forna, The Memory of Love (2011)
  30. David Olusoga, Black and British: A Forgotten History (2016)
  31. Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (2017)

Which book would you add to this list?

Returning Second and Third Year Information 2019/20

Here’s the key information you need for resuming your study with us.

Free pizza and soda lunch for SED students on Thursday 26 September 2019 from 1-2pm in ArtsOne foyer.

Student Timetables

You will be able to access a personalised timetable via the QMUL mobile app, or via the Central Web Timetables website. To access your timetable via the QMUL mobile app simply click on the ‘Timetable’ button; in Central Web Timetables website you will need to click on the ‘Students’ link on the left of the page, and enter your 9 digit Student ID, which can be found on your Student ID card. We are currently finalising seminar allocations, so your full timetable may not be visible until the end of Welcome Week. If you notice any discrepancies with your timetable please contact the Admin Team at sed-information@qmul.ac.uk.   

Advisors

You can see who your advisor is this Semester by clicking on the ‘Your Advisor(s)’ button on the SED Undergraduate Homepage, or via this link: http://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/mod/url/view.php?id=623066

QMplus Module Areas and Module Outlines

QMplus Module Areas for Semester 1 and year-long modules will be released throughout Welcome Week. They will be released a week before the first teaching session of the module is due to take place (for instance, a module taught on Mondays will be released on Monday 16 September). Module Outlines are visible via the School of English and Drama – Module Documentation area. All module information should be visible on the Module Outlines, but if you can’t access anything please contact the Module Convenor, who will be listed on the ‘Module Profile’ page.

The Module Change Request Process

Students are able to submit module change requests via the online Module Change Request form (available here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kfCdVhOw40CG7r2cueJYFJUMEAYawjhPpa2lNl_oE1VUNFcxWk1KRFhTNUFSTkc0UjNZNVhQM0VTUi4u). The form will close at 12pm on Friday 4 October. Each evening during this period an online spreadsheet indicating the current module availability will be updated. You will be able to find this via the Undergraduate Module Directory on QMplus, or by following this direct link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qLJDfapG0PQsxKUJvZ48Ezrz-qeTR47L0zNt7Mcb4fM/edit?usp=sharing.

While it’s important to note that this simply offers an indication of availability, we would strongly recommend that you consult this information before completing the form. Please note that you won’t be able to change your responses once they have been submitted, and once a module change request has been accepted no further requests will be considered. Module change requests can take up to a week to process fully, though the Admin Team aim to process them as fast as possible. You will be contacted to let you know whether your request is possible or not. 

The Admin team will not be able to process any module change requests submitted via email or over the phone, but if you experience any issues accessing the form, or have questions about your module choices, please do get in contact with us via sed-information@qmul.ac.uk.

Final-Year Students taking ESH6000 English Research Dissertation

There is a compulsory workshop for all students taking ESH6000 English Research Dissertation in the Drapers Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, on Friday 20 September, from 11am-12pm.

If you have any questions about the information included in this blog post please contact the Admin team at sed-information@qmul.ac.uk.       

And the Winner of our Tote Bag competition 2019 is…

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED THEIR QUOTATIONS AND DESIGNS. THE WINNER OF OUR TOTE BAG COMPETITION CHOSEN IN A VOTE BY SED STAFF 2019 IS…

NAJIYAH BEGUM (SECOND YEAR ENGLISH STUDENT)

Here’s some of the amazing entries we received and have turned into postcards and bookmarks! Quotes are on postcards too so keep an eye out in goodie bags and our reception area in welcome week.

10 #QMULHacks Revealed 2019

1. Senate House Library

As a Queen Mary student you can get membership to the University of London’s Senate House Library with it’s lovely comfy armchairs and 3 million books to borrow. Pre-register for your membership card here.

2. Free Online TV

Meet BoB, your new best friend

Long before Netflix ruled your eyeballs, universities created Box of Broadcasts which is a huge free archive of TV recordings. Login with your QMUL credentials and you’ll get access to movies, TV series and documentaries galore. We’re loving the Films, Mostly Gay and London Films watchlist!

3. Free Counselling

We take your well-being seriously

Opening up when you’re feeling low can be the hardest thing, but if you are struggling to cope with life events or need a space to talk openly, our Advice and Counselling team are here to help. They offer a range of free and confidential professional services to all QMUL students including individual counselling, group therapy, specialist drug and alcohol support and much more.

We also offer students access to an online support service called ‘Big White Wall‘ who offer unlimited, 24/7 accessible online support from trained counselors and use other helpful resources – it’s totally free and confidential. Please

4. Free Careers Support

Finding a job can seem like a daunting task, but don’t crumble under the pressure! Whether you have a particular job in mind and want advice to help you get there, or are not sure what you want to do next, the Careers & Enterprise Centre provides QMUL students a range of support to help you prepare for your future. You can even book a practice interview with a Careers Consultant.

5. Free Student Central Membership

As a QMUL student, you’re automatically entitled to be a member of Student Central (formerly University of London Union). Membership is free and enables you to get involved with everything they have to offer including sports, societies, online tickets and access into our bars. Find out more here.

6. Book Library Group Study Rooms

Need a room for you and your friends to study? You can book one of our library group study rooms up to one week in advance for up to four hours per week. The Mile End group study rooms contain a touchscreen PC, connectivity for laptop use and a whiteboard. Whiteboard pens are available from the Library Welcome Desk. 

7. Get free one-to-one tutorials

You may have a big presentation coming up, or perhaps you’re unsure of how to start that 3000 word essay or you may have serious issues with managing your time effectively – spending way too much time looking at memes while procrastinating . Whatever it may be – if you feel like you need extra guidance to brush up on your study skills you can book a free one-to-one tutorial with our Learning Development team. You can even have your tutorial through Skype if you are unable to come to campus. Find out more about their services here.

8. Free access to paywall content providers

Your QMUL library account gives you access to much more than just books. Along with laptops, stationary, videos and DVDs, you also get access to a number of paywall content providers such as The Financial Times. Find out more here.

9. The 339 bus is a local legend

As a QMUL student, you have the added advantage of being at the heart of East London – one of the most diverse and culturally rich areas in the world. Not only can you eat food from virtually anywhere in the world, but the public transport system means you can get around without needing a car – true Londoner style. Also, free Wi-Fi at underground stations – bonus!

The 339 bus is one of our local faves which takes you from the hundreds of stores in Westfield Stratford City on a journey past the world famous Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the humble market on Roman Road all the way to the countless curry houses on New Road.

10. SED Freebies

Finally, we want our students to have nice things. Come and say hi or tag us @qmulsed to receive some of our SED freebies. We have an awesome range of products including pens, notebooks, bags and postcards. Also, don’t forget to check out our Instagram and Twitter to see the #sedfreebooks we have available!

New Undergraduate English and Drama Student Information 2019-20

We can’t wait to see our new students on 16 September 2019 for welcome week!

Please see below for key info for undergraduate students.

Postgraduate info will be coming very soon via email to those with offers.

Key Information

Welcome Week Information

Any questions? Please email: sed-information@qmul.ac.uk

Key Preparation

SOUND ON for this one please…

Our online webinar from 24 July 2019 for all the information you need to know…

PDF Presentation

SED-Webinar-Presentation

Questions & Contacts

Clearing, Confirmation and Results Day Important Information

Limited places are available on our courses as follows:

Please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).

Results Day and Confirmation

On Thursday 15 August 2019 A-level students will receive their grades and this will trigger the next steps to starting with us. If you already have your grades and haven’t heard anything or have any questions please contact us.

What’s your status?

  • Unconditional or met your Conditional Offer? If you have an offer with us and you are unconditional or you have met your predicted grades that your offer was made on you will automatically be confirmed and you should receive an email and your UCAS track update should say you are placed.
  • Not met your predicted grades? We will assess your offer and in some cases honour it despite your grades as we see potential in you or we may ask for extra information or reject your offer. If you have any doubts or would like to talk to us about your place please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).
  • Changed your mind or now want to study with us? Please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).

Not sure about Queen Mary or need more information?

  • Chat with a student: Elliot (Drama) and Saramarie (English) are here to help.
  • Explore our English and Drama hubs: There’s a forum for questions, intro videos, welcome information and much more to explore.
  • Contact us: We’re a friendly team available on the phone, email and social media.