Free English and Drama Taster Sessions Announced for our Open Day on Saturday 2 October 2021

We’re really excited to deliver our tasters in a hybrid format next Saturday 2 October. Please register to get on campus or online access.

English & Creative Writing

Creative Writing Taster Session: Finding Your Many Voices – Nisha Ramayya

In this session, we will listen to a selection of contemporary poets who write and perform in voices, discuss their work, and then try writing our own dialogic or multivocal texts. 

1300-1330

What’s Love Got To Do With It?  Putting Romeo and Juliet In Its Place’- David Colclough

In this short taster lecture I’ll explore what happens when we read one of the most famous love stories – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – with the help of some historical context (spoiler: it gets less romantic). No prior knowledge of the play is required. 

1515-1545

Drama

Show Business:  Theatre and Capitalism – Michael McKinnie

What is “show business”?  How is it different from other business?  How is it the same?  And what can it tell us about the relationship between theatre and the economic world in which we live, work and play.

1345 -1415

Theatre and Protest – Aoife Monks

This session gives a taste of the long history of protest at the theatre, looking at riots, censorship and theatrical activism in the auditorium and on the streets. 

1130-1200

English and Drama Graduation Ceremonies for class of 2020 and 2021

Bookings open now

The Queen Mary University of London Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies will be held at Tobacco Dock between Monday 10 and Friday 21 January 2022.

Bookings for your ceremony will open today. Bookings will open throughout the day today. Check the schedule to see the time bookings open for your ceremony.

You can view the entire ceremony schedule on our website. The schedule includes the date and time of each ceremony. Please read the schedule to check the date and time of your schools ceremony.

All booking information can be found on our website .
 
To book your ticket, guest tickets and gown, visit www.yourgraduation.co.uk and type “Queen Mary University of London” into the search box, then press the ‘go button’.

Please note, you do not have to have received an email in order to book onto a January 2022 Graduation ceremony. 

All students need to book a place regardless of having sat exams or received results*. If you are unsure of your results status, please check with Student Records (studentenquiry@qmul.ac.uk) – receiving an email is not a guarantee you are eligible.Tickets and Gown HireAll students need to book a place regardless of having sat exams or receiving results*.

Any students wishing to attend must book onto graduation, any bookings made after the deadline are not guaranteed a place in the ceremony.

Any students wishing to attend must book onto graduation before the deadline of midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October . Please note that tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and can be taken offline at any point. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Information for students eligible to collect two awards:
Due to the exceptional nature of these ceremonies, we understand some students may be eligible to receive two awards. If you are eligible to receive two awards at these ceremonies then please let us know by completing the relevant information when asked during the booking process for your graduation ceremony. For further information please visit the graduation website.

Your ticket to attend graduation is free-of-charge and guest tickets are priced at £25 each. Please note, tickets are strictly non-transferable between students. 

All students wishing to attend graduation must complete their booking before the deadline of midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October

*In cases of academic failure, please notify the Events & Ceremonies team by email and a full refund will be arranged. Please see our Terms & Conditions for refund details
Extra Guest Tickets You will be permitted to book two guest tickets initially, but you can also indicate a requirement for more guest tickets which will be noted against your booking. When booking closes at midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October , we will establish if there are any spare seats in your ceremony and notify you of the date they go on sale and how to book. If available, everyone will be given equal opportunity to purchase extra tickets, however they will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Extra guest tickets are not guaranteed. Please don’t make travel arrangements for guests until you have confirmed ceremony tickets for them.

For information about child tickets and live relay tickets, visit our website
Photographs You can book professional studio photography sessions when you book your gown and tickets.
Visa Letters We understand the postponement of graduation ceremonies will lead to the need for more students and their families to apply for re-entry and entry to the UK to attend their graduation ceremony. We have provided information on our website to assist students and their families in applying to enter the UK.
#QMULGrad Don’t forget to follow @QMUL on Instagram to keep up to date with information from the Events & Ceremonies Team ahead of your ceremony. You can get involved by using #QMULGrad Key information

Don’t forget that ticket booking will close at midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October.

If you have any questions around Graduation visit the FAQspage on our website. 

This email is not a guarantee that you will be eligible to graduate in January. If you are unsure, please contact the student administration team on: 020 7882 5005.

Our website has been updated with a great deal of information regarding all aspects of Graduation, please read all sections to learn more about tickets, gown hire, photographs, accommodation and answers to other frequently asked questions.

If you have relatives travelling from overseas for your ceremony, you can also request a Visa Letter on-line. Learn more about our exciting new graduation venue, Tobacco Dock!

Undergraduate Year 1 – Welcome Week Hub

Welcome to the School of English and Drama family. Please read this information carefully to get an overview of Welcome Week, which is from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 September 2021.

We’re delighted you’ll be joining us next week as a Queen Mary student. Welcome Week begins on Monday 20th September, introducing you to everything you’ll need to know before teaching starts from Monday 27th September. The School of English and Drama has provided a range of induction materials, videos, timetable and activities on QMplus here so please familiarise yourself with this information before Welcome Week begins. Please note – you are able to view the SED Welcome Week and Getting Started 2021-22 QMplus page as a guest however you may have a better experience if you log in with your QM ITS credentials. Links to join your online programme talks and sessions, as well as personalised groupings for your Phakama,

Advisor and e-learning sessions will appear on this page from Monday 20 September.  Welcome Week activities are an integral part of your QMUL learning experience, will give you a taste of what is to come and introduce you to some key staff involved in the delivery and support of your programme.  

Don’t forget that the Queen Mary mobile app includes lots of handy campus maps, links to your timetable, Library study space bookings, and much more – download the app to discover your tailored information.  We look forward to meeting you all at our first online session on Monday 20 September at 11.00 a.m! 

Please do let me know if you’d like a chat or have any questions!

Warm regards,

Rupert

Rupert Dannreuther on behalf of the entire Admin Team
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

r.dannreuther@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Book a chat

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Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

11:00-11:30 (Online): Meet the Admin Team, Head of School and Heads of Department. This is the perfect chance to test out your Microsoft Teams account. 

12-12.30pm (Online): Meet SED Student Support Team & Live Q&A

12:30 and 14:00 (Online): Trouble shooting Drop-in Session

16:30-17:00 (In-Person): English and Drama ID Collection – Octagon – Queens’ Building.
Suzi and Rupert will be there if you need to ask about the rest of welcome week or other questions. Enrolment is online but if you have any questions come to this session.

18:00-20:30 (In-Person): New Student Movie Night at Genesis Cinema – everyone welcome but please book here.

2-1

Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

10:00-10:15 (Online) WATCH Drama Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama Students – Degree Programme Talk/ Question & Answer Session (inc QW34 English & Drama JH students)

12:15-13:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)    

English Students (including Joint Honours)

10:00-10:15 (Online): WATCH English Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online): Year 1 English Students – Degree Programme Talk / Question & Answer Session (not inc QW34)

11:15-12:00 (Online): Year 1 English – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)   

12:15-12:30 (Online): WATCH Creative Writing Programme Talk VIDEO

12:30-13:15 (Online): Year 1 English with Creative Writing Students – Degree Programme Talk / Intro to ESH4100 teaching activities / Q & A Session

14:30-16:45 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.With a Year Abroad Students

15:45-16:00 (Online) WATCH ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Talk VIDEO

16:00-16:30 (Online) ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Students Question & Answer Session

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Wednesday 22 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

All day (Online): 45 minutes e-Learning training sessions will be running throughout the day – please look out for an email with which group you are in.

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for an email with which group you are in.
15:00-15:45 (In-Person): Meet your Advisor & Advisee group (all UG year 1 students) – please look out for an email with which group you are in and where to go.
15:00-15:45 (Online):  Meet your Advisor & Advisee group online for students unable to travel to UK

16:15-17:00 (Online): English & History Talk / Q & A – online

4

Thursday 23 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.

11:30-12:30 (Online): SED Associate Student Welcome Event

14:00-14:45 (Online): QMPlus Session with SED E-strategy team.

Undergraduate Year 1 – English and Drama Welcome Week Overview – 20-24 Sept 2021

Welcome to the School of English and Drama family. Please read this information carefully to get an overview of Welcome Week, which is from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 September 2021.

We hope you have successfully enrolled and connected to your QMUL ITS account which includes access to things like the Apple or Android app, timetables and your email. If not please live chat with IT services to sort this out.  All activities for your individual course are compulsory and are a really important part of starting your degree. We recommend printing this or copying it into notes on your device and highlighting. You could make a list of activities and put them in your diary. All the links to your online sessions and locations for in-person events will appear on our welcome area, which will be available early next week, we will send you another message to let you know when we launch it.  Your groups for Phakama, Meet Your Advisor and e-Learning session times will be emailed to you separately next week. You will only attend one of each of these sessions. Teaching begins on 27 September and you can access your timetable via the app and website. 

Our student social is on Monday 20 September from 18:00 at Genesis Cinema. To book your ticket, popcorn and a drink please press the big blue button…

1

Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

11:00-11:30 (Online): Meet the Admin Team, Head of School and Heads of Department. This is the perfect chance to test out your Microsoft Teams account. 

12-12.30pm (Online): Meet SED Student Support Team & Live Q&A

12:30 and 14:00 (Online): Trouble shooting Drop-in Session

16:30-17:00 (In-Person): English and Drama ID Collection – Octagon – Queens’ Building.
Suzi and Rupert will be there if you need to ask about the rest of welcome week or other questions. Enrolment is online but if you have any questions come to this session.

18:00-20:30 (In-Person): New Student Movie Night at Genesis Cinema – everyone welcome but please book here.

2-1

Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

10:00-10:15 (Online) WATCH Drama Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama Students – Degree Programme Talk/ Question & Answer Session (inc QW34 English & Drama JH students)

12:15-13:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)    

English Students (including Joint Honours)

10:00-10:15 (Online): WATCH English Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online): Year 1 English Students – Degree Programme Talk / Question & Answer Session (not inc QW34)

11:15-12:00 (Online): Year 1 English – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)   

12:15-12:30 (Online): WATCH Creative Writing Programme Talk VIDEO

12:30-13:15 (Online): Year 1 English with Creative Writing Students – Degree Programme Talk / Intro to ESH4100 teaching activities / Q & A Session

14:30-16:45 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.With a Year Abroad Students

15:45-16:00 (Online) WATCH ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Talk VIDEO

16:00-16:30 (Online) ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Students Question & Answer Session

3

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

All day (Online): 45 minutes e-Learning training sessions will be running throughout the day – please look out for an email with which group you are in.

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for an email with which group you are in.
15:00-15:45 (In-Person): Meet your Advisor & Advisee group (all UG year 1 students) – please look out for an email with which group you are in and where to go.
15:00-15:45 (Online):  Meet your Advisor & Advisee group online for students unable to travel to UK

16:15-17:00 (Online): English & History Talk / Q & A – online

4

Thursday 23 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.

11:30-12:30 (Online): SED Associate Student Welcome Event

14:00-14:45 (Online): QMPlus Session with SED E-strategy team.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021-22 – Applications Invited

Early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme are invited to get in contact with us as soon as possible

Deadline for applications: midday on Friday 17 September 2021

The School of English and Drama invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme to get in touch by submitting:

(1) an explanation of the reason(s) for your choice of Queen Mary as the host institution (150 words maximum)

(2) an outline of your proposed programme of research (1,500 words maximum)

(3) details of your planned research outputs, e.g. monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, events, other (please specify) (300 words maximum)

(4) a list of existing publications (1 page maximum)

(5) a CV (2 pages maximum)

Please submit the above documents to Dr Huw Marsh, Research Manager, sed-research@qmul.ac.uk, by no later than midday on Friday 17 September 2021. Please state ‘British Academy PDRF’ in the subject line.

Your application should demonstrate:

  • that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria
  • the excellence of your research track record and professional track record (where relevant);
  • your academic record;
  • the research outputs you propose, how you will structure, pursue, and complete your project in the time frame, and its importance;
  • the relevance of QMUL SED to your research and vice versa;
  • who you would like as a mentor and why.

You are strongly encouraged, before submitting your application and time permitting, to find a member of staff in QMUL’s School of English and Drama who will be your nominated mentor, provisionally agree their support, and get some feedback from them on a draft application. Please note this in statement (1).

Full scheme details can be found on the British Academy website: http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

All outline proposals will be considered by our Directors of Research and those that we give institutional support to will have approximately one month to finalise their online application, due by 14 October 2021.

Winners of our Tote Bag Design Competition 2021 Announced

We are excited to announce the 3 winners of our 2021 tote bag design competition. New 2021 students can pick up a bag in welcome week at our events in four beautiful colours!

From left to right:

  • Fatema Hakim
  • Livonia Okello
  • Joanna Bailey

Here’s some more of the amazing shortlisted entries we received from Zoe McGee, Estelle Homerstone, Maryam Kara, Zoe McGee again and Eleni Sophia.

Welcome Information for Incoming New Students in 2021-22

Congrats and Welcome to the QMUL School of English and Drama Community

We are so proud to have you in the family.

We can’t wait to see you from 20 September 2021 for welcome week.

Please aim to be present that week, as it’s a really important part of your induction and enrolment process.

If you have any issues or questions, please feel free to contact me via email or phone (+44 (0)20 7882 8910).

I did a super quick IG live today, so you’re welcome to have a watch if you want a ‘woohoo’ from a human!

You should receive lots more emails from QMUL in the next few weeks – around practical stuff like getting your ID card and enrolment – so please keep an eye on your inbox and spam folder.

Please scroll down  ↓ ↓ ↓ to download recommended preparation documents a.k.a. reading lists…

English and Drama Meet Ups before Welcome Week

Online – All New English and Drama

English and Drama Speed Meet & Mystery Movie Netflix Party | Wed 1 September – 6pm

Sign up here

English & Joints

Free Day Out at All Points East in the Neighbourhood | Victoria Park, Mile End | Thu 2 September from 1pm

We’re taking over All Points East: In the Neighbourhood Festival with our podcast Show & Tell, and we’ll be recording a special edition. Plus there’s food, free cinema and live shows.

Sign up here

All Points East

Drama Only

Family Tree Theatre Trip | Charlton | 30 August at 2pm

We have tickets for you to go to our very own Mojisola Adebayo’s promenade show Family Tree. Just for Drama and Drama Joints at the moment.

Sign up here for a ticket

Family Tree

Welcome Week

Welcome week is the first week of Semester 1.

Monday 20 – Friday 24 September 2021

Please make sure you keep this week free as it includes so many useful inductions, the welcome fair (freebies), and opportunities to meet your advisor and your fellow students.

Teaching begins the week after – from 27 September – and all your sessions should be on your online timetable from the end of August.

Do these things and get ready…

Going to uni is a big life step, so here are 5 things you can do now to help make it a smooth transition:

1. Do the Transition to Queen Mary Online Course.
2. Get the Queen Mary App on Android or Apple.
3. Follow us on Instagram using the button below.
4. Come to Meet Up Events listed above.
5. Read widely, see shows and take a look at our recommended preparation in the documents linked below.

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

See our suggested preparation for English ahead of your degree in September.

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

Please see the recommended reading for drama and remember to see as much theatre and performance as you can this summer.


Download Drama Preparation Document

If you have any questions, concerns or would like a chat please do let me know.

Warm regards,

Rupert

Rupert Dannreuther
Marketing Manager
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Instagram: @qmulsed
Twitter: @qmulsed
sed-web@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Language Learning Scholarship Scheme in School of English and Drama for Continuing Undergraduate students 

Are you interested in learning a language outside of your programme of study next year? Following a successful first round of School Scholarships in 2020-21, we are delighted to announce further round of scholarships for 2021-22.  

Under the School of English and Drama’s Language Learning Scholarship Scheme, scholarships are available for returning undergraduates (second year and above in 2021–22) to take a non-credit bearing language module alongside their main degree studies. 

Learning a new language or improving a language you already know is a great way of broadening your horizons and at the same time enhancing your employability. The following languages are available as non-credit bearing modules: 

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese 
  • French 
  • German 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese 
  • Spanish 

You can find more information about the languages available and how to apply on the SLLF Language Centre website.  

Registration for 2021/22 credit-bearing language modules has been completed. You will be able to make changes and/or requests for credit-bearing language module registration directly with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film in September (if your programme requirements allow you to do this).  

To be eligible for a scholarship you must submit your application form by the early bird deadline (Monday 6th September 2021)

5 Cultural Things To Do In Summer 2021

Whether you’re a Londoner, taking a day trip before moving here or a new resident here’s our arty list of exciting ways to spend your summer in the city.

All Points East in the Neighbourhood 31 August -2 September

Free activities all week in Victoria Park near our Mile End campus including live music, free outdoor cinema, live music, live performances from Pan-Asian cabaret collective BITTEN PEACH and much more.

PLUS: We’ll be there at 2pm on Thursday 2nd September for a pop-up podcast recording with a surprise author guest.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 27 August-11 September

A feast of (mainly) free performance across east and south London including this spectacular ‘northern lights’ installation called Borealis and a promenade show at the Tudor surroundings of Charlton House by our very own Mojisola Adebayo. Be sure to book in advance for free and paid events.

Open House London 4 – 12 September

The doors are thrown open to London’s gorgeous, unusual and secret buildings at Open House London. Booking opens on 11 August at 12pm (midday) and it’s the perfect chance for locals to discover something new in your area or if you’re new to explore London.

Summer Reunion at Southbank Centre until end of August

Free summer weekenders curated by some cult icons including Shingai (pictured above) who’s showcasing Black talent, dance battles from Zoonation and bank holiday carnival vibes from Dennis Bovell’s Sound System Experience.

What Shall We Build Here 8-12 September

MISERY, Sad Girl Summer event 2020. Photo by Ella J Frost

What Shall We Build Here is a festival of art, climate and community at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Aldgate East, in parks and in your local supermarket. 

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health Review By Ana Claudia De Castro Lima

By Ana Claudia De Castro Lima

This two-day online event explored productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic, and research perspectives that offered a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future. This event was joined by more than 100 people including survivors, service users, mental health professionals, artists and researchers interested in how the arts can contribute to mental health.

The conference was opened by photographic artist Daniel Regan, who shared his discovery of the power of the arts in his own mental health journey. Daniel discussed the shame and stigma of living in crisis and how transforming his relationship to his lived experience turned it into his greatest asset. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Tom Cant introduced Peer Supported Open Dialogue and the ODDESSI* trial, a multicentre randomised control trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Developed in Finland in 1986, Open Dialogue is a social network model of mental healthcare where the person of concern is genuinely offered the power to define their recovery.

[*ODDESSI stands for Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness]

On the second day, the artist keynote was given by playwright and theatre director Julie McNamara, an outspoken survivor of the mental health system, who works with people from locked-in spaces, foregrounding the stories of disavowed voices from the margins of our communities. People who have lived in long-care hospitals are not ordinarily perceived as artists and storytellers with meaningful contributions to make in our cultural industries. Julie talked about her creative process, staging the voices of women who transgress, women who fail to perform femininity as constructed in this ableist, patriarchal society. Lived expert consultant Amanda Griffith introduced the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), a radical approach to understanding emotional distress and wellbeing that is attracting interest both nationally and internationally. Aimed at a wide range of stakeholders, the framework highlights the links between personal, family and community distress and wider issues arising from social inequalities and injustices. This gives particular attention to the experiences of people and groups who have been exposed to abuses of power on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, nationality, age, sexuality, disability, or their status as a mental health service user, and the way these identities and associated experiences of power intersect.

A series of panels invited discussion on different topics. In the panel led by the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, the audience applauded the concept of “emodiversity”, developed as part of a programme for emotional literacy in primary schools, a superb pilot run by Prof Thomas Dixon.

Conference delegates participated in a Creative Enquiry all group activity, led by Dr Louise Younie, pioneer of the creative enquiry approach for flourishing in medical education. Moreover, selected participants were invited to present their artworks of poetry, painting and music: a delightful moment, inviting both aesthetic pleasure and reflection.

During discussions and reflections raised by this momentous event, the audience was enraptured and applauded the presented projects and innovative practices. Also, organizers and the public felt stimulated to discover new alternative approaches to mental health for future times, taking into account above all creativity, open dialogue, and direct participation from users of the health system.

It was clear that the bio-scientific, logical-rational, reductionist, and mechanistic model of mental health needs updating. An empathetic look, which gives rise to interpretive and communication abilities, is necessary to approach the idiosyncratic narratives brought by survivors and service users. In addition, the well-established hierarchy relationships within the mental health medical environment, which highlight authority and power, oppress and make stagnant the creativity and humanization that should permeate all human relationships. All this misinterpretation over mental health care leads to overly rigid and standardized models of approach, lacking human connection.

Hence, health professionals need to be open to access subjectivity and make deeper connections, giving voice and opportunity for self-expression. Ultimately, the arts seem to be a catalyst tool to materialize the inner turmoil of mental disorders, providing opportunities for representation and meaning-making, as well as being a fantastic means to well-being.

English & Drama 2021 Entrants: Summer Preparation (Reading Lists) / Whatsapp / Tours

We hope you are enjoying the heat or avoiding if you’re not a fan hehe. We can’t wait to see you in September and remember if you’re worried or need help on results day please get in touch with me.

Please scroll down  ↓ ↓ ↓ to download preparation documents aka reading lists, which lots of you have been asking for by email.

Please note that this is not essential reading which will be delivered to you when the course begins. In September we usually provide module packs and extensive week by week information via our online learning platform which have extracts of everything we expect you to read and watch. We will provide more details on any must-purchase or borrow books when semester 1 begins.

Join the Student-Run Offer Holder Whatsapp Groups

Use the links below to join…

English / English with Creative Writing / Drama

The groups now how have a rep from English, Katie and Drama Joshua who can help with any questions you have.Please use these respectfully, be sensitive to others and be aware that there are moderators in the groups.

Tours

It’s been great meeting students in person for our tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can book here for an in-person tour or 1-2-1 chat online.

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

Please use the link below to see our suggested preparation for English ahead of your degree in September. Follow us on Twitter for literary events recommendations.

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

Preparation Please see the recommended reading for drama and remember to see as much theatre and performance as you can this summer. We’d say Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is a great mainly free place to start.

Download Drama Preparation Document

If you have any questions or concerns please do let me know.

Warm regards,

Rupert

Rupert Dannreuther
Marketing Manager
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Instagram: @qmulsed
Twitter: @qmulsed
sed-web@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

What makes Queen Mary drama different by Estelle Homerstone

We caught up with Drama graduate and now staff member Estelle about why she thinks Queen Mary is different and an exciting place to study Drama.

Active Research university – your tutors and academics are not only delivering the highest quality teaching but are also delving deep into their own research. They find endless hours in the day to explore the topics in their specialisms, which range from verbatim theatre to foley sound work, to changing the policy of the arts in education, to award winning performance art creation and so much more.

Being the only connected campus university in London a big thing for me coming to university four years ago was wanting the full experience, having my accommodation in halls and seeing all my mates go to their rooms just a stone’s throw away. It’s great to be able to have that on the Mile End campus with very exciting and eclectic architecture and views by the canal and lots of grass all around it, and at the same time be able to look down the stretch of the Mile End road and see the big city buildings is an amazing combination.

For me, as someone who spent a lot of their university life in central London when not in class, whether that was working, seeing shows or taking full advantage of the nightlife, having an entire city on your doorstep is a huge bonus to the university experience.

Opening your mind – the things I learnt during my BA drama undergrad and things I’m now thinking about in any role based around being a practitioner drama are skills and concepts that I hadn’t even thought about before my time here, but are now integral to my thinking and creating.

The social and political basis of all artwork and the eye in which you look at that is so skillfully trained during your time here that you look at so much artistic content so differently. You bring these elements such as accessibility, agency, diversity, and relevance into play in everything you do after that, making you so much more of a well rounded and progressive creator.

Alumni Night at Peopling the Palace Festival – 17 June 2021

Our Alumni Co-ordinator Nathalie Grey has produced an Alumni Showcase which is taking place as part of the Peopling the Palace Festival this evening from 7pm.

The Alumni Showcase features a variety of talented alumni, from spoken word artists, to poets, to writers, to musical performers.


The Showcase will feature:

  • Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Jaspreet Kaur AKA Behind the Netra (History BA, 2013)
  • Author of Booker Prize long-listed novel, Who They Was, Gabriel Krauze (English BA, 2009)
  • Author, Spoken Word Artist and Playwright, Elliott Ajai-Ajagbe Daley AKA Word Play (English and Drama BA, 2008)
  • Band, Project Culture (Gary Hill (English BA, 2019) – Vocals & Guitar, Peter Stanley (English BA, 2020) – Guitar and Vocals, Jamie Richardson (Mathematics BSc, 2019) – Bass, Toby Cashman – Drums)
  • Author of Clytemnestra (Penguin Michael Joseph, Spring 2023), Costanza Casati (English and Film BA, 2019)
  • Poet, Sophia Hussain aka Eleni Sophia (English BA, 2020)
  • Young poet, Sigi X (incoming Medical Genetics student, published under Eleni Sophia’s Perspective Press Global)
  • Poet, Fathima Zahra (Biomedical Science BSc, 2020)
  • Poet, Kim Yudelowitz (Comparative Literature BA, 2019)
  • Actress and spoken-word performer, Efemwenkieke (Efe) Uwadiae (Law and Politics LLB, 2019)
  • Jazz singer, Jennifer Chukwumah (Computing & Information Systems MSc, 2021)

The Showcase will be taking place online and you can book your free tickets here:

Competition: Your Design On Our School of English and Drama Tote Bag 2021

We’re looking for a new design for our 2021 tote bag which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School.

It’s time to get arty and inspire the next generation of SED students.

What we’re looking for

Maya Ostrowka’s entry from the last competition
  • A black, line based design – it could feature a quotation or other text but needs to be blocky and easy to read.
  • Maximum A4 size.
  • A design which represents both English and Drama would be great.
  • For inspiration see the last winning design above or look at the entries here.

How to enter

To enter send your design as a PDF, JPG or EPS to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

To enter you must be a School of English student, staff member or one of our alumni.

What you’ll win

If you win:

  • Your bag will be put into production for our 2021 open days and events.
  • You’ll also win a £50 LovetoShop voucher.

Competition closes: Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 12 midday. A panel from SED management team will choose the winning design.