STUDENT STRESS BUSTER FAIR – Tuesday 26 March 2019 in ArtsOne

Brexit may be dividing our country but next week ArtsOne schools are uniting for a STUDENT STRESS BUSTER FAIR.

All students are welcome but particularly third years.

Tuesday 26 March 2019 – ArtsOne Foyer – 11am-2pm – Free, no booking required

  • School of Politics and International Relations, School of English and Drama and the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will be hosting an Arts One Student Stress Buster fair on Tuesday, 26th March from 11am-2pm in the foyer of Arts One.
  • Come and meet staff and get information on QMUL support services, mental and emotional health, careers counselling and well being activities.
  • Talk to staff about  concerns you may have about exams or dissertations and give us your views and ideas on how QMUL can improve support for students.
  • Freebies include fruit/donuts/anti-stress balls and mini plants.

No need to book, just pop by our information stand.

▶️ Watch alumnus Oliver Kent, former Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios talk about working in the TV industry

Oliver Kent graduated from Queen Mary with a BA in French and Drama in 1995 and has since gone on to have over 20 years’ TV drama experience. On Tuesday 12 March, Oliver discussed his career with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, Head of the Department of Drama. Oliver aims to demystify the television industry, to enhance people’s understanding of the range of work in it and how to navigate opportunities within it.

Watch the video of the event below…

5 Unmissable Opportunities for SED Students – March 2019

Here’s 5 amazing opportunities that you should apply for or book N-O-W including winning a trip to California’s Silicon Valley (pictured above).

1. Learn how to network Women Up: British Asian edition on 7 March

Not keen on networking or want to learn more about how to network well?

Join us to receive exclusive tips and advice on the art of networking! You’ll meet and hear from accomplished professionals from different industries who want to share their stories and advice with you.

Please note, although this event is targeted at female British Asian QMUL students, it is open to all QMUL students.

2. Meet Oliver Kent and hear about heading up BBC Continuing Drama (Eastenders)

Oliver Kent, outgoing Head of BBC Drama at is in conversation with Oliver Kent, 12 March, Harold Pinter Studio, Arts 1, Mile End Campus, 6.30-8pm.

Oliver will demystify the television industry, explain what work you could do and how to navigate the different opportunities. Oliver will draw from his experience overseeing all five continuing drama shows for BBC Studio’s portfolio – EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and River City – after graduating from QM in French and Drama. Oliver will be interviewed by Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, QMUL Head of Drama in this SED event, organised by the QMUL alumni team.

To hear him discussing his career and ask your questions about working in TV, the BBC and drama book here.

3. Go on a start up Tech bus tour of London of London’s hottest start ups

On Wednesday 20 March 2019, 300 students from 12 London universities will embark on a unique entrepreneurial journey…

Over the course of 12 hours, 8 iconic Routemaster buses will take students to some of London’s top innovation hubs and workspaces to experience London’s startup ecosystem first-hand and meet top entrepreneurial leaders.

We’re offering 20 students from Queen Mary University of London the opportunity to take part in this year’s Venturecrawl.

You would visit the following amazing startup spaces:

  • Bethnal Green Ventures – an early stage investor in ventures using technology to radically change people’s lives for the better
  • MakeShift – transforming derelict areas and empty buildings into new communal spaces that offer lasting opportunities to small businesses and local people.
  • Experience Haus – Dedicated to delivering affordable education and spaces for self-improvement.
  • Allia – Have run learning opportunities for hundreds of entrepreneurs, start-ups and ventures over the years. 
  • Cockpit Arts – Award winning social enterprise & business incubator for craftspeople. 

There will also be a series of entrepreneurs joining us on the tour across London to offer inspirational talks, advice and networking as we travel. Limited tickets available. Successful applicants will be informed by 13th March.

4. Write for Roman Road LDN

Roman Road Ldn looking for voluntary contributors for our online magazine Roman Road Ldn, to write food reviews for places in the local area. It’s a good opportunity for aspiring writers to get something in a magazine and bulk up their portfolios. Review contributions can be casual (once a month or every two months) or even a one-off. If people are interested, could they please email hello@romanroadlondon.com.

5. Win a trip to Silicon Valley to use technology to make an impact on society with QEnterprise

‘On 17th – 21st June, QEnterprise is inviting two of the brightest students from Queen Mary University of London to the world’s biggest tech hub to explore what it’s like to enter and thrive in the global innovation economy.

To apply to the Immersion Program, you will need to be working on an idea that uses technology to make an impact in society – your project can take any form!

What happens on the Immersion Program?

– Access and interact with tech companies including Google, WeWork and Weebly through site visits, workshops, networking dinners and more

– Enhance your employability through high-impact learning sessions run by our partner Colorintech

– Get support to build upon your ideas through workshops on building a tech product

– Get real feedback from recruitment teams and mentors 

Eligibility criteria

– Applicants must be a current QMUL student or recent graduate (<2 years) of any discipline

– Undergraduate applicants must be predicted a 2:1 or above 

– Applicants must be working on a tech idea that can make a positive impact on society 

– Applicants must be prepared to develop or continue developing their product or service following the programme and be willing to enrol on the QIncubator program in October 2019

Details

When? 17 – 21 June 2019

What we’ll pay for: Flights, accommodation, breakfast & 3 lunches

What you’ll pay for: The rest of the food costs, spending money & any costs for obtaining the US visa.’

Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger and Charlotta Salmi win Educational Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Coulton, Dr Matthew Mauger and Dr Charlotta Salmi from School of English and Drama won a QMUL Educational Excellence Award for Transformation of the English Research Dissertation.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice Principal (Education) said:

“We were delighted by the enthusiasm and interest that our colleagues have shown towards the awards. The applications were thoughtful and gave us a tough task in shortlisting the candidates. The applications clearly showed us how committed our staff are to delivering our vision of an outstanding, inclusive world-class education at Queen Mary. I would like to personally congratulate everyone who took part and we are excited to take this forward next year.”

Discover more about our tutors on their staff profiles:

3rd Years: Get £5 Amazon Voucher when you complete the National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students in the UK. It gives you an opportunity to tell us what you have enjoyed about your time at Queen Mary as well as about anything you feel could have been improved. 

The NSS launched here last Monday, and you should have received an email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to fill the in the survey online.

This year, we’re offering all students who complete the NSS the chance to claim a £5 Amazon voucher. Just forward the email you receive on completing the survey, along your name and student ID number, to tell-us@qmul.ac.uk. We will send you your £5 Amazon voucher within two weeks. 

We encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and influence positive change at Queen Mary. You can follow this link to Your Voice for information about what we are doing in SED: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10908&section=2

You can see some of the action taken by the Library, Students’ Union and IT services, among others, in response to previous student feedback, in the university’s ‘We listen’ statements: www.qmul.ac.uk/tell-us.

Why should you take part?

  • The NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide feedback on your whole learning experience.
  • Feedback from the NSS will be used to improve the experience for future students just as you have benefitted from previous students’ feedback.
  • The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online.
  • The NSS is run by an independent market research company and all answers are anonymous.
  • The NSS is an opportunity to make your voice heard in a nationally recognised format.
  • Results are made publicly available to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study.
  • The Students’ Union is supportive of the NSS.
  • You can claim a £5 reward for taking part.

How do you complete it?

  • Ipsos MORI will email you with a link to complete the survey. Later during the survey period, you may be contacted by SMS or phone.
  • You can complete the NSS at any time online: www.thestudentsurvey.com

Thank you in advance for completing this important survey – we really value your input.

Best wishes

Warren Boutcher

Head of the School of English and Drama

Video: Watch English with Creative Writing Student Mahima Tyagi perform her poem: ‘An Ode to Single Fathers’

English with Creative Writing Student Mahima Tyagi would love to hear your views and opinions on this poem as she is hoping to make this into a collection. Leave a comment on Youtube here.

And the winner of #SED2019 our winter photography competition is…

The winner is Aysel Dilara Kasap with her lovely festive pic below. She won a Penguin Mini classic books hamper.

Dear 2018,
You’ve been good to me. I’m very grateful for all the amazing memories, experiences, lessons, new skills, all the good people you brought into my life and all the good people you kept in my life. 🙏
Dear 2019,
I hope you’ll be at least as good as 2018 and even better.🤞
#HappyNewYear 🎉❤
#MutluYıllar
#FelizAñoNuevo

#SED2019

Here’s some other highlights from the other entries we received…

Fahmida Ahmed
Eleanor Thomson
Efe Uwadiae

We love Instagram so please do tag us @qmulsed and we can repost!

Queen Mary Theatre Company New Writers Festival This Weekend 1-3 February 2019

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL

Queen Mary Theatre Company present six new shows, all written, directed and performed by our members. Comedy, thriller, politics, poetry, the end of the world…there’s something for everyone!

1-3 February from 7pm, Pinter Studio, Arts One

Tickets £6-9 per show.

Discounted bundles are available for multiple shows.

Highlights from the festival

BISCUITS

Friday 1st Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Alice Hope Wilson and Jaz Manville

What does happen in the teachers’ staff room? Over the course of one lunch hour, a group of teachers gather to discuss the impending closure of the staff room.

THE CABARET AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Friday 1st Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Rosalynn Whiteley and Eilis Price

Well, gang, we’ve fucked it. We’ve REALLY fucked it. We’re down to the last tin the cupboard, waters are running high and air running low, the bees are dead, the trees are dead… but The Show must go on.

​​NAJMA’S FALL

Saturday 2nd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Tatenda Kirya and Olamatu Jabbie

FELL. PUSHED. JUMPED. All of these speculations speculations are thrown around when it comes to the incident at Najma’s party. She’s fallen off her balcony, and is placed in a psychiatric ward as everyone believes she’s jumped… Except for her. Even though she was intoxicated, she doesn’t accept this version of events and suspects that something else happened. Later, new evidence arises which suggests that she was pushed and those closest to her are prime suspects. The play explores the various relationships in her life and how she ended up in the situation she’s in. The play delves deeper into the destructive nature of the relationships and how they manifested into what they are today.

​HOLD ON ME

Saturday 2nd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Joseph Winer

​Daisy-May is living with her grandparents. Polly and Bridget’s mum has been in bed for ages, and their dad’s fighting in a war. John and Mary have the perfect family, or so it would appear on the surface. Then there’s Greg and George, best friends who decide to have a baby together…but one of them is straight and engaged and the other…not so straight. As unconventional family setups spiral into chaos, we begin to test and question the real meaning of “family”.

​SHE & HER

Sunday 3rd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Abi Adebayo

​She & Her follows three sisters and their two friends discussing issues around feminism, sexism and the experiences of women within society. The play manoeuvres around each characters backstories/narratives through a series of flashback scenes. It addresses not only feminism in its simple definition but how it differs from generation, race and situation/circumstance. This play is also unique due to a main key factor: everything rhymes.

LATE NIGHT LIVE

Sunday 3rd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Peter Smart

​It’s the one-year anniversary of comedian Sandra Curr’s debut as the host of the nations fourth most popular talk show, Late Night Live, and everything seems to be conspiring to go wrong. Faced with the effects of the choice to leave her ex, Robin (potentially “the-one”), to join a show that one year later seems to be using her only as a facade of social progress; Sandra is forced to deal with the very real possibility that she traded away a happy domestic life for a gamble that just hasn’t paid off. With chauvinistic head writer Alistair putting more and more pressure on her to resign, Robin back in her life as a guest on the show following their surprise BAFTA win, and younger sister Chrissie in labour in with their first child. Everything is going wrong tonight for Sandra and the team behind Late Night Live. How will she move on from here? How will she even get through the night? How did it all go so wrong? Everything’s up in the air, tonight on Late Night Live.

Help our Alumni raise money to bring new show Alcatraz to New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless young people

A Right Mess of a Fundraiser

Date Friday 1 February

Time 8:00 pm

Ticket price £10

‘Forget dull, dreary February days…

Right Mess Theatre are here to bring you an evening of Cabaret splendour as they raise funds to bring their new show Alcatraz to New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless young people. You can find out more about New Horizon and the work they do here.

The line up includes Elf Lyons, Hannah Maxwell, Kayla MacQuarrie & Emily Howarth.

Alcatraz by Nathan Lucky Wood is a thrilling play about family and social care that follows Sandy on her daring, Christmas mission to emulate Clint Eastwood and bust her gran out of lock-up. It will premiere at the Vault Festival 2019.

Watch our fresh new videos for English, Drama, English and Drama and English with Creative Writing

We worked to produce new course videos with social enterprise production company Signature Pictures, who work with Jobcentre Plus and the Prince’s Trust to provide training opportunities for young people in film.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to the students who took part in the filming in no particular order: Dubem, Charlie, Sharika, Jess, Christian, Aamir, Christopher, Blanka, Mahima and Saramarie.

Get your headphones on and listen to what our students have to say about our ground-breaking programmes.

Essential Resources for Master’s Funding

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

Queen Mary Scholarships Database

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

UK Government Postgraduate Master’s Loan Information

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

Queen Mary Postgraduate Funding Guide

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

Alternative Postgraduate Funding Guide

A good directory of current grants you can apply for.
Username: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk Password: r2uw7xgx

QMUL Alumni Loyalty Award

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

Apply before 18 January for LAHP Studentships and 31 January 2019 for Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships PhD Funding

UK/EU PhD applicants have the opportunity to apply for London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) studentships as well as Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships (QMPS) but the deadlines differ.

Please see below for useful information from Dr Rehana Ahmed (Director of Research) or email sed-research@qmul.ac.uk.

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP):

  • Home and EU students who wish to be considered for AHRC funding must apply directly to LAHP. International students are not eligible to apply.
  • Detailed information on LAHP and the application process is available here: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/apply-for-studentship-2019-20/
  • There are two LAHP routes: the CDA (Collaborative Doctoral Award) and the ‘open competition’ route.
  • Prospective supervisors apply to the CDA route (the deadline for CDA applications is 3 December 2018).
  • Potential candidates for the LAHP open competition will need to make an application directly to LAHP. This will open for applications on 26 November 2018. The deadline is 28 January 2019.
  • Candidates must also apply for a place to study at their home institution by 18 January 2019. The nominated primary supervisor will be required to submit a statement of support in addition to the application form, and supporting statements must be received by 4 February 2019 in order for applications to be considered.
  • If you’d like further information and guidance about the responsibilities of academic supervisors, the LAHP is running an information session on 26 November, 1-2 pm, Room 243, Senate House. You can register via this Google Form

QM Principal’s Studentships (QMPS):

  • As in previous years, the College is also running the QMPS round, although with a reduced number of studentships available across HSS (down from 20 to 18 across HSS, we think – but it is not impossible that this number will be reduced further).
  • Home, EU and international applicants are all eligible to apply. The deadline for applications to QM is 31 January 2019. All applications received by this deadline are automatically considered for QMPS.
  • SED can make a set number of nominations; these are written and submitted by the Directors of Graduate Studies (for English and for Drama). There’s no need for a supporting statement from supervisors – but we may ask you for information or similar to help with the nominations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP on Facebook

 

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

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

Our speakers are:

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

RSVP on Facebook

Unmissable QMTC December 2018 Events including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: A PARODY PANTOMIME

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: A PARODY PANTOMIME

Andy has just graduated from Kings with a BA in English and lands a job with Miranda Priestly, the most wickedest dragon lady in all of East London fashion! She quickly finds herself struggling with the job, no thanks to her so called “friends” Avocado & Toast, her boyfriend Nate, and Emily “Blunt Cunt” Charlton. Luckily for her, Fairy Nigel is just around the corner, to give her a transformation that could just about change her life.
Expect bad jokes and panto chaos in QMTC’s adaptation of one of the greatest films ever made.

8th and 9th December 7pm in the Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

Tickets £6-9

https://www.facebook.com/events/369509427215129/

 

WRITING WORKSHOP

Get your pen and paper ready for an evening of playwriting!

This workshop is designed for writers of all abilities – those who have written hundreds of plays, those who need advice, and those who have never written before. We will do a few exercises to generate ideas, create characters, and will have the chance to get some scenes up on their feet. Just in time for the New Writers Festival pitch night…

4th December 7pm in ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

 

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL PITCH NIGHT

Calling all playwrights!

Have you written a play or plan to write one over the Winter break? Then come and pitch it for our next festival! Our New Writers’ Festival is a chance to put on any work you’ve written of any kind in a professional and friendly environment. Come along and pitch it to QMTC members and be proud of your creation, or listen to all of our pitches and vote for your favourite!

12th December 6.30pm in the Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

https://www.facebook.com/events/359105954853486/

 

QMTC’s BIG FAT CHRISTMAS QUIZ OF THE YEAR

Celebrate the holidays QMTC-style with our Christmas Quiz 🎅 Round up a group of six friends, relatives or unwitting strangers, brush up on your trivia, and get ready to have some fun!

10th December 5.30pm in Blomeley Room 1

£3 members / £4 non-members

https://www.facebook.com/events/1006478369553089/

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS

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

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would to perform, please send a message to the Slappin Da Bass Facebook page linked below. If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

15th December, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/slappindabasss/