Paid Opportunity for 2nd, 3rd Year and Postgraduates across HSS: The Mending Room part of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance

PAID OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS: The Mending Room

We’re looking for four students who share a Black British, Caribbean or African Heritage, to support and document a unique project with the legendary theatre arts activist Tony Cealy. Led by him you will work over ten Saturday mornings, starting 10th April and culminating in a share event on 5 June. Here’s some context on the website:

If are in Second/Third Year or are a postgraduate, please contact Ali Campbell now at: a.m.campbell@qmul.ac.uk

The project focusses on the creation by community participants of possible futures for Brixton, through storytelling, performance and visual practice. A good ear for story, a keen eye for visuals and a sharp instinct for documentation will all be most welcome! You will be led by Tony Cealy and mentored by Ali Campbell and Maggie Inchley (Drama).

The share event in mixed media will target an audience of policy makers, community members and others who have influence in the real life of Brixton today. You will play an important supporting role in facilitating this. 

If you have friends across HSS who might be interested, do encourage them to apply. A short statement of interest, listing the skills you might bring to this work, should reach Ali by Thursday 8 April: a.m.campbell@qmul.ac.uk

SED Opportunity Digest – 26 February 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

Don’t worry if you want to get more opportunities throughout the week you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the buttons below…

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

English at Work: SED English Alumni Careers Panel

Wednesday 3 March, 5.30-7pm

A live online panel discussion of English alumni working in publishing, marketing, charity, journalism and content creation, this event will give you the opportunity to hear their journey and experiences across a broad range of careers, as well as advice and tips for entering their sectors.

This is a great opportunity to learn, make connections, and have your questions answered, in an informal online setting. 

Panellists include: 

  • Zoe Rutland – Editor, DK Eyewitness. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Literature, 2016.
  • Sumit Sharma – Head of Digital, Prezzo Ltd; Co-Founder, Breaking Atoms. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Language and Literature, 2006.
  • Josh Lee – Commissioning Editor, The Guardian Labs. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English and Drama, 2012.
  • Chrissie Reed – Corporate Partnerships Lead, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Literature, 2013.

More panellists will be added closer to the date as confirmed.

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How Are You Really Feeling? Let’s Talk About Mental Health – 4 March. ‘Join us on ‘University Mental Health Day’ 4 March 2021 as we bring together a Queen Mary University of London mental health community-led panel openly discussing and exploring mental health from various perspectives, and most importantly to see mental health as a university-wide priority to benefit you and the future of student mental health. Come along and be inspired to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, start conversations, take action and create and be the change for today for a better future. The panel will consist of different members of the Queen Mary community including Sandeep Saib – Co-Director of Happy Heads, Niall Morissey – Queen Mary Head of Advice and Counselling, Dr Dominic Hurst – Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Careand Head of Student Support –  and more TBC.

Mental Health First Aid 1-2-1 with Rupert: Rupert is happy to speak to you in a 1-2-1 on Teams to help in a crisis or get information about where to find the best help. You can book here.

Writing Support: Drama with Daniel Oliver – Wednesdays from 12:45-2.45. Sign up to a slot. ‘Although the set up on QM+ is for 30 minute 1-2-1 sessions, students can email me if they want to meet as a group or for a series of shorter sessions. It’s very flexible and can be for any concerns or questions relating to writing – academic in the first instance but not exclusively so. I am going to run a very informal ‘writing retreat’ for students on the Monday of reading week, from 6-9pm. It will be hosted on TEAMS and be an opportunity for students to write at the same time as each other, and to discuss that writing and their general writing practices.

The Writing Group

“Hi all we’re three SED students who love to write! But we want to know who else loves to write, we’re starting a small group that will be here to work on all things writing. Whether fiction or fact, beginner or expert we’re here to see what you’ve done. So if you want to share poems, plays, novels, or even a DnD campaign we’d love it if we could hear them.

So if you want to share your work, or help others with theirs, or even just listen to some stories, please email any of us we’ll be happy to tell you more!”

l.s.lammin@hss19.qmul.ac.uk t.lafferty@hss19.qmul.ac.uk isaacsurf01@gmail.com

Outside QMUL

The Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize awards its winner a £600 cash prize, the chance to work with UCL Special Collections staff to purchase a new item for our printed and archive collections, and the opportunity to publicly display or present their own book collection. To enter, applicants must put together a collection of at least 8 books or other printed or archival items, and write a short, 500-word piece about their collection. We are looking for both creativity and enthusiasm. Applications close on 30 April 2021.  

We know that many students are book-lovers, but don’t think of themselves as book collectors, so we’ve written some advice on how to be a student book collector. We want to highlight collections that have been put together with intention but are not particularly expensive or rare. Collections of all types of printed or archival works are eligible, including, for instance, playbills, music scores, magazines, etc., : the importance is the intentionality and purpose of the collection.  

Andrea Levy

Celebrating Andrea Levy – Thursday 4 March, 18.30, FREE Part of Leeds Lit Fest, join our lively panel discussion celebrating the life and work of prize-winning Small Island novelist and QMUL fellow Andrea Levy as we mark our acquisition of her archive.

Clod Ensemble Free Workshops:

The company also has a Research Assistant post to work closely with Clod Ensemble Co-Artistic Director Suzy Willson. Research will include assisting in the review and curation of the Clod Ensemble archive. Apply by 3 March.

Bellissimo and Azeema magazines

Dazed & Confused ‘SELF PUBLISHED’ Workshops on Magazines and Publishing

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MAGAZINE A MOVEMENT -Tuesday March 2 -3PM GMT London-based publishers AZEEMA are joined by Dazed’s Head of Content Ahmad Swaid to discuss the importance of representing your community in publishing, how to tell authentic stories of womxn from the MENASA region and diaspora, and why inclusive media is the future.

REGISTER FOR FREE HERE

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MAGAZINE FUNTuesday March 2 5PM GMT Ivan Ruberto and Paolo Zerbini of Italian publication Bellissimo are joined by Claire Marie Healy to discuss how they make their magazine unique, go deep into their references, explore the power of 90s teen mags, and talk about their reaction to the seriousness they have been seeing in publishing.. Tuesday March 2 5PM GMT

REGISTER FOR FREE HERE 

Ethical Matters: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology? Monday 15th March • 6.30pm – 8pm (Online) Futurist Tracey Follows presents a fascinating and urgent exploration of what personal identity will come to mean for us in the coming decades, as we navigate social media, AI and the digital afterlife.

Job: Marketing and Advertising Officer at A Younger Theatre – Deadline 1 March

My Story, My Way | Free Workshop | 06 Mar 2021: a new workshop series exploring different artistic methods of story-telling. The first workshop will be hosted by @shivaraichandani, @freddielewiss, @alexnoblezine and @benpechey, who will each take you through their own unique creative process. You’ll be looking at song-writing, photography, dance and fashion, each as means of expressing our complex personal narratives and as powerful tools for self-enquiry.

Paid Publishing Internship: Comma Press – Deadline 14 March. Do you have the ability to work to tight deadlines, write social media copy and confidently communicate with partners and colleagues? Don’t miss this six-month internship with this leading independent publisher…

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ShakesQueer – Free event – 27 Feb – Get ready to be transported to a queer closet to hear the shocking stories that circle the Shakespeare legend. Performance artist Tom Marshman elegantly intertwines his personal experience of Shakespeare with queer voices of the past in this fun, energetic multi-artform show ShakesQueer. Book a free ticket.

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Staging Decadence: Agitation, super-saturation and trash – Free event 23 March and a call for papers. Plus an event on 10 March with Nando Messias on their performance preparation, which in part involves the selection of a perfume, this talk uses scent as a framework and touchstone to explore some trails through queer solo performance’s indulgence with decadence.

Theatre in the Criminal Justice System: Celebrating Clean Break and TIPP Tickets, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite The event will take the form of short presentations from the present Artistic Directors of Clean Break and TIPP (and current co-Chairs of the national Criminal Justice Arts Alliance), Anna Herrmann and Simon Ruding. Anna and Simon will give a plotted history of their organisations, and this will be followed by an open Q&A.  

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

Did we miss anything? Please email us via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

SED Opportunity Digest – 19 February 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

Don’t worry if you want to get more opportunities throughout the week you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the buttons below…

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

ACT is a new campaign that aims to empower students to lead conversations about issues affecting student wellbeing such as sexual and gender-based violence, microaggressions, mental health and more. As part of the campaign, the Students’ Union is running training sessions throughout the semester on consent and being an active bystander. Find out more about the Active Bystander and Consent training available. 

LIBRARY LOVE: New features of the library at QMUL include:

NEW PODCAST ALERT Catarina Grangeon (English student) has launched her podcast Interlude Monologues.

STORIES FROM HOME A film screening event with a collection of folk tales, journeys and stories narrated by grandparents  and retold and illustrated by their grandchildren. Register here

Outside QMUL

ART TRAINEE PROGRAMME at Bold Tendencies – Deadline 1 March ‘The core commitment of the Art Trainee Programme is to a balanced experience of working, learning, training and peer-networking. The ATP aims to offer a healthy and inclusive environment for young people of all backgrounds and life experience at the beginning of their career path.’

BBC ACADEMY FREE WORKSHOPS:

BRITISH ACADEMY EVENTS:

CELEBRATE GAMBIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY at Mboka Festival on 18 Feb. An evening of music, storytelling, poetry, film, and song  with artists from Africa and the African Diaspora. Headlined by award winning  GamBrit artists: Rapper, Pa Salieu and Performance Poet, Sophia Thakur.

CLEAN BREAK: ‘Do you know an AMAZING early career artist working in participation? We’d love them to apply for our Participation Associate role! Find out more: http://ow.ly/uLLF50DAAjk

PAID THEATRE INTERNSHIPS

Looking for an internship in theatre production or marketing? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production company the Really Useful Group is offering two paid internships to Black, Asian or ethnically diverse 18 to 25-year-olds.

Deadline: 26 February

I AM NO BIRD: QUEERING THE BRONTES – 21 Feb: A queer reading of the Brontes, their lives, works and characters. Expect feminist punk, gender-bending, and moorland Gothicism. Tune in BCB 106.6fm on Sunday 21 Feb from 1-2pm UK time.

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STANZA – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival 2021. One of the top poetry festivals in the UK, StAnza is famous for its friendly atmosphere and international focus, the place to hear favourite poets, discover new voices and – in happier times – to enjoy the beautiful town of St Andrews and StAnza’s lively festival hub. 

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

Did we miss anything? Please email us via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

Get insider insight at International Student Careers Week

International Student Careers Week is coming from 22 February 2021 and is a great chance to discover how to get ahead in work in UK when you’re an international student.

How to get UK work experience & Internships

Tues 23 February, 1-3pm

If you are an international student looking for UK work experience, be that an internship, part time work, volunteering or any other kind of work experience, then join this webinar to find out more. You will discover what opportunities are available in the UK, how to identify opportunities and tactics for maximising your chance of success. This webinar is part of International Students week.

Maximising LinkedIn for your career

Wed 24 February 1-2pm

Would you like to set up a LinkedIn profile? Do you have a LinkedIn profile but don’t know how to use it effectively for your job search? Do you feel LinkedIn can offer more than you are using it for?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or have any other interest in getting to grips with LinkedIn then come along to this webinar. In it you will learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile and use it to help your search for work experience and graduate jobs. This webinar is designed specifically to support international students, as part of International Students Careers week.


Working in the UK after study for International students – update

Thurs 25 February, 11-11.45

One of the International Student Advisers from the Advice and Counselling Service will tell you the information we know so far about the Graduate (Post Study Work) Route, they will give an overview of the new Skilled Worker Route (previously Tier 2), and let you know about some other visa options for working after studies, plus remind students of the Student visa requirements during study relating to working.

How to write a UK CV & Cover letter

Thurs 25 February, 1-2pm

This workshop is for international students and will outline how you write a CV and cover letter for use in the UK. You will find out the key components of a CV and cover letter, how to make your application stand out to an employer and how to tailor your CV and cover letter to a particular opportunity. Come along if you want to prepare yourself for using a CV and cover letter to get part time work, work experience or a graduate job. This workshop is part of international student careers week.

Start up Visa – Application Workshop 1

Fri 26 February, 12-1pm

The Start-up visa is for early-stage but high potential entrepreneurs who are starting a business in the UK for the first time. To qualify for a visa, applicants must first obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body such as Queen Mary.

How do you start your own business in the UK?  Are innovation, viability and scalability important when applying for endorsement? How can I improve the quality of my endorsement application?

If you are interested in hearing answers to these questions, join us for at least 2 of the following workshops before submitting your application:

  • Workshop 1: Learn more about the Start-up visa and Queen Mary endorsement schemes.
  • Workshop 2: Innovation – how to generate ideas and an introduction to the lean canvas.
  • Workshop 3: Viability – what makes a business more likely to succeed?
  • Workshop 4: Scalability and financials – how to grow your business and understand the money side of your business.

The workshops will be hosted by Enterprise Advisor, Miriam Irungu, from the Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise Team. The Queen Mary Enterprise Team are dedicated to supporting students and graduates who have a keen interest in entrepreneurship. They offer a variety of programmes, events and funding opportunities which help bring ideas to life.

Felicity Bush

f.bush@qmul.ac.uk

Careers Consultant, School of English and Drama

WG3, Queens Building, Mile End Campus

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SED Opportunity Digest – 12 February 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

Don’t worry if you want to get more opportunties throughout the week you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the buttons below…

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

Blog Manager Wanted!

Are you interested in travel and culture? Do you have an editorial eye and creative mind?

ESN QMUL are looking for someone to take charge of our new blog, acting as part of the 2021/22 society committee. This is a great opportunity to network internationally and present relevant skills for your CV to boost your career engagement. The ESN society is aimed at supporting students on their study abroad, and is part of a larger network spanning 42 countries! We also have other committee positions open for application.

Please email erasmusstudentnetwork@qmsu.org for more information on the roles available.

CUB Journalism and Media 101 workshop will focus on blogging and social media. If you would like to take part in this workshop be sure to sign up via the sign up sheet: https://forms.gle/DFPWufsLdy9omrHL6

Employable Me series: Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace 23 Feb Book here

“We will be looking at how it is caused, its effects and consequences, and how we can better understand the impact it has on us as people in the workplace, but also on us as humans. We will also be exploring tips and advice on how to manage the experience, and how we can recognise and celebrate our achievements.”

Enhancing Your Online Presence: Level Up Your Photography Skills Workshop Today 12 Feb at 1.30pm on Zoom: https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/83030866606

QHack applications are now open! QHack is a high-energy, fun, intensive boot camp that gives you opportunities to learn how to get businesses off the ground! Find out more and apply

QMUL Education Awards – Nominations close 15 Feb!

It’s been a tough year but the QMUL Education Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the staff and students who have committed to improving the Queen Mary learning experience, despite the challenges so please nominate as soon as possible. The Education Awards include the Course Rep Awards are awarded to Course Reps who have made a huge difference to students and their courses. The Teaching Awards are awarded to teaching and support staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the student experience. There are 12 awards up for grabs, including Teacher of the Year, Support Staff Member of the Year, Online Learning Champion and many more.

Nominations close on Monday 15th February so please nominate NOW via www.qmsu.org/awards/education/

Outside QMUL

BBC Academy Digital Cities 23 – 25 February: A series of FREE events for the creative industries. Bookings go LIVE Tuesday 9 February Book here

Free online workshop highlights include:

HOW TO CREATE A SOLO CLOWN SHOW – 28 Feb Join award winning comedian, QMUL alumna and clown teacher Elf Lyons as she leads a workshop on how to develop your own solo clown show.

‘On the Shore of the Wide World: Keats, 200 years on’ 23rd Feb – 7–9 pm Free tickets here

Two hundred years to the day after Keats’ death, The Poetry Society welcomes a circle of poets and Keats scholars to reflect on his enduring place in our literary imaginations in an evening of poetry, thought and discussion.

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Online Lecture: Exploring Wonderlands: Alice on Stage and Screen 18 Feb Online, Free

In this talk, Simon Sladen explores the many adaptations of Carroll’s tale, from 1886’s inaugural stage production Alice in Wonderland to 2020’s Alice in Streamingland created during lockdown. Key films will also be considered as he seeks to analyse the books’ enduring legacy and significant relationship with the performing arts. Book here


Performance in an Age of Precarity Digital launch 18 Feb of a new book written by Maddy Costa and Andy Field. The book is is a new anthology of 40 short essays, each on the work of a different artist, through which Andy and Maddy sketch a map of the contemporary performance landscape in the UK in the period between the financial crisis of 2008 and the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. It is available from most of the places where books are available. To coincide with publication, Andy and Maddy are bringing together a collection of the artists they write about in the book to talk about performances they themselves have seen and loved in the past decade. In doing so they hope the event will be not just a book launch but a celebration of the effect live performance has on us, and continues to have, even when theatres are closed.

The event is being hosted online by Artsadmin and will happen on Thursday 18 February, from 7.30pm. It will feature contributions from Alexandrina Hemsley, Augusto Corrieri, Ellice Stevens (Breach Theatre), Jemima Yong, Rachel Mars, Rachel Porter (Figs in Wigs), Sheila Ghelani and Tim Crouch.

You can book a free ticket here

Queerate Tate Queerate Tate is a series of personal responses to Tate artworks, looked at through a queer lens – and we want you to take part too! Write about a work, read along or support the writers. A selection of your queer-ated written pieces will appear on our Instagram and website for all to enjoy, this month and beyond! Find out how to submit

‘Showcasing’ Empires: The Legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies – 18-19 Feb Free Online Book here

This virtual conference is timely, set against the backdrop of a critical global moment that is beginning to acknowledge the significance, reality and legacy of imperial history for understanding current politics, the significance of colonial monuments and street names and the toxic legacies of discriminatory legislation and colonial administration. The aim of this two-day conference will be to reflect on the historiographical opportunities offered by the performance and representation of various empires throughout history, and the impact they have had on the cultural and political practices of ex-colonies and ex-metropoles.

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

Did we miss anything? Please email us via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

SED Opportunity Digest – 5 February 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

Don’t worry if you want to get more opportunties throughout the week you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the buttons below…

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

Book Launch 11 Feb: The Network Turn: Changing Perspectives in the Humanities co-edited by our very own Ruth Ahnert. Book Here

New Student Writing Group – Join here. Details below…

Hi all we’re three SED students who love to write! But we want to know who else loves to write, we’re starting a small group that will be here to work on all things writing. Whether fiction or fact, beginner or expert we’re here to see what you’ve done. So if you want to share poems, plays, novels, or even a DnD campaign we’d love it if we could hear them. So if you want to share your work, or help others with theirs, or even just listen to some stories, please email any of us we’ll be happy to tell you more! l.s.lammin@hss19.qmul.ac.uk / t.lafferty@hss19.qmul.ac.uk / isaacsurf01@gmail.com

Online Seminar: Religion, Populism and the Crisis of Secularism Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Wednesday 10 February 14:00 [Details]

Online Seminar: Fred Cooper on Family Carers, Loneliness, and Covid-19: Preliminary Findings from ‘Caring Through Coronavirus’ Pathologies of Solitude Tuesday 16 February 17:00 [Details]

Online Seminar: Happy Together? The Intimate Publics of Gay Liberation in 1970s West Germany Centre for the History of the Emotions Wednesday 24 February 13:00 [Details]

Online Seminar: Race as a Sentencing Factor School of Law Wednesday 24 February 16:00 [Details]

Reach Academic Writing and Referencing Workshop for QMUL Students Wed 10 Feb. Sign up here

Outside QMUL

BFI Future Film Festival The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers. Join us for 4 days of free virtual events and screenings, all focused on helping filmmakers aged 16 to 25 break into the screen industry.

Online event Ethical Matters: This Is Why I Resist Monday 22nd February • 6.30pm – 8pm (Online)  Activist and political commentator Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu explores the deep roots of racism and anti-blackness in the West, showing that (in her words) “there is no freedom without rights and no rights without the freedom to exercise those rights.”

Diaspora Speaks x QM ProBono Soc present Anti-Racism and Decolonisation in the workplace on 10 Feb Panelists include Dr Sadhvi Dar, Saywah Mahmoud and Nic Patmore. More details in tweet below…

https://twitter.com/diaspora_speaks/status/1356963999787720705?s=11

Free Event 19 Feb: Poems, plays and politics: queer lives in the ancient world Join the Museum of London online for an evening extravaganza exploring queer identities in the ancient Classical worlds of Greece and Rome. We will discover how the politics of passion and power were played out in the realms of literature and performance, and how scholarship and interpretation have influenced how we understand these relationships today.

Collection: the Louvre Museum (public domain)

GLITS-e Submissions Open GLITS-e is an annual online journal of literary and cultural criticism published within the English and Creative Writing department at Goldsmiths. It is run and peer-reviewed by postgraduate students and it welcomes submissions of research articles and creative writing.

Our Call for Papers is now extended to the 22nd of February 2021. We welcome all postgraduate students and staff members who would like to write on the theme of ‘tension’ to submit your work to glits@gold.ac.uk.

History Acts 27: LGBTIQ+ resilience ACTIVISM & MUTUAL AID IN THE PANDEMIC Thursday 11 February 6:30-8:30pm To register visit www.historyacts.org

Job Vacancy: Faith Engagement Officer – FaithAction

FaithAction are working with East London Mosque on a London Borough of Tower Hamlets project that aims to supply Covid-19 infection prevention items to faith settings in the borough.  Are you interested in the joining the project as a part time Faith Engagement Officer?
 
Please contact jenny.hadgraft@faithaction.net if you would like to apply – please be aware that the closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 February and the successful applicant must be available to start immediately.  More details about the project can be found here

Online Literature Event featuring Palestinian writers The Book of Ramallah 6pm (UK), | 8pm (Palestine) Thursday 25 February 2021 Watch via LAAF Facebook Page / Comma Press Facebook Page Thanks for this excellent event recommendation from Hannah Fox:

“Join Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Comma Press for a journey to Ramallah, as we reflect on the latest title in Comma’s series on ‘Reading the City’. Edited by Beirut-born, Palestinian novelist, who lives in Jerusalem and works in Ramallah, this anthology explores the city in all its countless contradictions. The Book of Ramallah features stories from ten established and emerging Palestinian writers, including Anas Abu Rahma, Liana Badr, Khaled Hourani and Ahmad Jaber.”

The festival is also looking for a part time Marketing Manager. Deadline 17 Feb

Movement Workshops from Clod Ensemble:

PEACH Workshop: See details in Instagram post below…

The 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open for submissions.

SKY: Skills, Knowledge in Youth Join our programme to strengthen your employability skills and boost your confidence in applying for jobs. A FREE programme for 16 – 24yr olds! Sign up here

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SKY ARTS ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES Theatre Royal Stratford East is looking to appoint two Artistic Associates to join the Stratford East team for 12 months. The roles are designed for early-mid career creative individuals, from any creative discipline, with links for East London, as an opportunity to advance a career in theatre. At least one of these roles is for an Associate who self-identifies as D/deaf or disabled. Apply here by 22 Feb

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

Did we miss anything? Please email us via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

SED Opportunity Digest – 29 January 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

Don’t worry if you want to get more opportunties throughout the week you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the buttons below…

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

SED Careers Events There’s some unmissable events coming up for you to get valuable insight and develop your confidence in these uncertain times including:

Employable Me: Your degree doesn’t have to define your career in the workplace. Free workshop from QMSU on Thu 28 January 2021, 5:15pm – 6:30pm. This event will be focusing on how your degree doesn’t have to dictate your future career, that regardless of what you have studied at university, you can venture into different fields and industries. We will be exploring in detail how it is your interests that guide you towards what you want to do next, and that your degree is just one step out of many you will take in your life.

Outside QMUL

Artist Support Programme A GLIMMER from Drunken Chorus – Deadline 15 Feb: ‘A GLIMMER’ is the pilot of a new artist development programme that will support artists to look to the future by addressing the barriers faced during COVID-19. The programme is linked to an annual performance festival – A Bit Of A Do.

Creative Skills Workshops from Roundhouse (online) Free professional level classes in essential creative skills online coming up include:

Famous Muslim Writers of the Past (free online event) on 31 Jan. “Let us take you on a literary journey around the world through the centuries…Celebrating the works of famous Muslim poets and writers including; Averroes, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Gai Eaton”

Description of poster: LAHP feminist reading group is an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative monthly reading group for those who are interested in exploring feminist texts from a wide range of disciplines, angles, and topics. Everyone is welcome to join. We will meet on Zoom on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Next meeting: 23rd February 2021, 5-6:30pm. Next reading: Sara Ahmed 'Feminist Attachments' from 'The Cultural Politics of Emotion' p.168-190.

LAHP Feminist Reading Group Want to discuss well-known and lesser-known feminist texts in a supportive group? A chance to unpack feminist theories together? The LAHP Feminist Reading Group is delighted to announce our first session! You can sign up here and everyone is welcome.

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Polish Poetry Night Bohdan Piasecki and special guests at Manchester Poetry Library (online) on 27 Feb. Student Hannah Fox recommends this saying ‘It’s a Polish poetry night at Manchester Poetry Library (online). I attended a Polish poetry festival there previously and it was really good fun! (the poems will be translated to English).’

Recruitment now open for cultural production curriculum The Pattern by Foundation for Future London. Created by Nate Agbetu and Ayo Fagbemi of award-winning London based initiative Play Nice, The Pattern is an incubator scheme and curriculum designed to give future community leaders, cultural producers and aspiring creatives from underrepresented groups the tools and infrastructure they need to develop community projects.

Punchdrunk Workshops Immersive theatre maestros Punchdrunk are offering new online masterclasses in online performance and design, giving you the chance to delve deeper into their practice, from the comfort of your own home. These give the chance to discover more about our creative process, learn techniques for developing new ideas, and how to explore your creative potential. 

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

Careers Sessions for SED Students in Semester 2 – 2021

There’s some unmissable events coming up for you to get valuable insight and develop your confidence in these uncertain times.

  • Media & Creative Industries Summit

Thursday 28 January, 5.30 – 7pm

An online panel session of speakers in publishing, media and journalism, with the aim of helping students broaden their connections and knowledge within this field. Speakers – all alumni of SED – work at organisations including the BBC, Orion, Al Jazeera, and Sky.

Students can sign up for this event here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7697&service=Careers+Service

  • Making the most of Semester B and finding opportunity in a challenging job market

Friday 29 January, 12-1pm

This is a talk exclusively for Humanities and Social Science students, particularly those not sure how to start or progress their career thinking and planning during Covid. This session will focus on the opportunities and events available right now to explore career options, make plans, and gain experience.

Students can sign up for this event here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=8073&service=Careers+Service

  • SED-exclusive workshop series in February

Tailored specifically to the SED cohort, this short series of three workshops aims to help students understand the skills they are gaining from their English and Drama degrees; make decisions about avenues they would like to explore and pursue; get an introduction to working for themselves (which may be of particular interest to those interested in a writing or arts career); and engage with ways of presenting themselves to prospective employers, connections, and clients.

They can find more information and sign up here:

Wednesday 3 February: SED Careers: Making choices: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7837&service=Careers+Service

Wednesday 10 February: SED Careers: Working for yourself: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7839&service=Careers+Service

Wednesday 17 February: SED Careers: Presenting yourself: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7841&service=Careers+Service

  • Humanities careers events in March

Starting off with online speed networking with QM Humanities alumni, this series of events aims to demonstrate to Humanities students the broad range of options available to them, and arm them with the knowledge and skills to allow them to follow their chosen path.

Further details are in PDF which you can download via the button below…

Don’t forget you can book careers appointments

Students can book appointments with Careers by calling 02078828533, and find resources, events and information on our website: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/careers.

SED Opportunity Digest – 22 January 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest. Don’t worry if you want to get them first it’s still best to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next week via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

CONTRIBUTE: We’re launching 2 new series on our blog and other channels:

  1. What We’re Reading: Succinct book recommendations from our students, staff and friends. See our contribute guide for help
  2. The POWER of POETRY: Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poem, we are launching a series celebrating poets of SED and beyond.

If you’d like to get involved please see our contribute page for guidance and contact details.

Master’s Open Events: We have 2 events coming up for current students if you think you might want to continue your study:

  1. MA English Literature Open Evening 3 February 2021 – 5-6pm UK time Join Director of admissions for the MA English Literature, Dr Charlotta Salmi to discuss the course. Sign up
  2. MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health Open Evening 3 February 2021 | 6.30pm – 8pm UK Time The event will include presentations by Dr Maria Turri and Prof Bridget Escolme and a Q&A with current students. Sign up

Queen Mary Student Newsletter: Important opportunities like the three below come through to you via email with lots more opportunities at QMUL. We hope you get these but please email qmul-student@qmul.ac.uk if you can’t find them in your QMUL email account.

Solitudes Seminar – Anne Vila on ‘Solitudes/Multitudes in Eighteenth-Century France: The Curious Case of the Jansenist Convulsionnaires’ on 26 Jan

Outside QMUL

Important note: We are the messenger for these opportunities please contact the organisers themselves if you have questions.

Aziz Foundation Master’s Scholarship Programme: Supporting British Muslims with career aspirations in:

  • Law
  • Media & Journalism
  • Policy 
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BBC Academy: How to Start a Podcast

Free workshop on 26 Jan with award-winning radio journalist and podcast coach Clare Freeman on how to get started with your podcast.

The Coast is Queer: Free LGBTQ+ Literature Festival returning 5 – 7 Feb includes Booker Prize winners Douglas Stuart (Shuggie Bain) and Alan Hollinghurst (The Swimming-Pool Library, The Line Of Beauty, The Stranger’s Child) PLUS SO MANY MORE! Book tickets for individual events here

Diaspora Reads – Book Club on 28 Jan: The book for January is Booker Winner Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo📚 Find out more here

FEAR NAUT ISSUE TWO

Employable Me (Pictured above): our Degree doesn’t have to Define your Career’ event on 28 Jan. Sign up here

Fear Naut magazine by our Drama alumna is looking for submissions. You can also support the magazine and read an interview with Tilly Bungard about its creation here.

Freelancing workshop on 25 Jan with drama alumna Elliott Daley talking on how to navigate freelancing, starting out, and resilience in the face of adversity. Sign up here.

Penguin Lit in Colour: Get involved with this new initiative by Penguin to support inclusive reading in schools if you’re a teacher or tutor to young people or simply make your old English teachers aware of this scheme. Sign up here

Poplarism! Submissions Open A digital arts festival celebrating the centenary of the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921 happening in May 2021. Find out more

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

SED Opportunity Digest – 15 January 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest. Don’t worry if you want to get them first it’s still best to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

From QMUL

POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT – Sign up: http://bit.ly/poetryopenmic1002.

Message from Jasmine Rothon:⁠

“On February 10th at 7pm I’m hosting a poetry open mic night on zoom, which is partly through my role as one of the editors of CUB. It’s open to all abilities, and might be something that any English, Creative Writing, or Drama students in particular would be interested in – whether they’re taking part or watching!”⁠

Student Support at QMUL: We published this new guide for you to discover the best contacts for getting the support you may need. Read it here

Thinking about your future: SED career workshops starting 3 Feb: Whether you know what you would like to do after university; you aren’t sure and don’t know where to start; or the thought of career planning in the midst of coronavirus is making you anxious, the careers service is here to help. From February 3rd, a short series of careers workshops are running to help you consider your options, and what steps you might need to take to get where you want. 

03/02/21, 2-3.30pm: Making choices This session will help you think about your interests and options, including information on further study, job hunting during a pandemic, and how to build an action plan. Book yourself a place here! https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7837&service=Careers+Service

Outside QMUL

Important note: We are the messenger please contact the organisers themselves if you have questions.

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⁦‪BBC Asian Network have announced a brand new talent search for presenters, who will host their own shows on the station from March 2021. More info and application: bbc.in/3qc5cRV

The BFI Future Film Festival 202118-21 FEB: The BFI Future Film Festival is back and, for the first time ever, this year’s Festival will be all digital and completely free.   The largest festival for young aspiring filmmakers, the programme will feature online talks and masterclasses, alongside a film programme of 45 shorts made by young filmmakers from all over the world, hosted on BFI Player and available to view free for the 4 days of the festival.   The full programme and free booking opens on Fri 29 Jan.

ALUMNI ONLY: Create Jobs Future Now as you can’t be in full time education to qualify. Across creative content, software development, and the world of startups, these courses will give you an understanding of the careers available, the mindsets and skills to start that career, and the connections to employers to make it happen. You’ll also take part in workshops and inspirational talks from industry leaders and get wrap-around career support. Be quick applications close on 10am on 18 Jan 2021. Apply here

Creative Industries Federation recruiting young members too: The Creative Industries Federation, the membership body which champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, is looking for a 18-25 year-olds with knowledge and expertise within the creative sector to join their board.
Deadline to apply 18 January 2021.

G-SHOCK SESSIONS: Ashley Walters and Nagajan Modhwadia, in conversation on ActingHosted by Shortee Blitz Friday 29th January, 2021. To apply, visit g-shock.co.uk/sessions and sign up. Places are very limited and will be chosen by ballot.

It’s a Sin Q&A on Youtube: Join BFI for this panel discussion on the much anticipated new drama from Russell T Davies. On the panel will be Writer Russell T Davies, Exec Producer Nicola Shindler, Director Peter Hoar, Channel 4 Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, and cast Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis.

Reading room

London Library Emerging Writers Programme Applications Now Open: Now in its third year, The London Library Emerging Writers Programme offers unpublished writers, in all genres, one year’s membership of The London Library, alongside writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources. Apply here

Netflix Documentary Talent Fund: Netflix gives creative freedom to writers and directors to tell the stories they want to tell, unrestricted by time and form. We believe that great stories can come from anyone, anywhere – and that viewers want to see their lives reflected on screen. That’s why Netflix is excited to announce this Documentary Talent Fund to find the next generation of filmmakers. Applications close 31 Jan. Apply here

WANTED: young cultural leaders and curators for London’s communities
Fusion Prize winner Play Nice is recruiting its first cohort of Londoners aged 18-25 for the Pattern, a curriculum in cultural production for future community leaders and curators. 20 young people will be granted a curatorial fee of £20,000 to create work for their communities and pitch them to Foundation for Future London and Culture Mile’s partners including Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall.

YouTube One-Day Course on 27 Feb Learn the skills you need to manage your YouTube channel in this affordable one-day class. You’ll learn how to optimise your videos, grow your audience, boost exposure and create strategies to develop your channel.

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

21 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Queen Mary to study English and Drama before the UCAS Deadline

We understand that this year is very strange and confusing time for you – but we want to outline why applying to QMUL is a positive way to end 2020 with a plan.

Here are 21 reasons why you should apply to our English and Drama courses for 2021 entry before the UCAS deadline in January.


a) Why apply now?

1. You can relax and have stress-free holidays without worrying about your university choices. More Netflix time!

Pose (Dominique Jackson and cast) on Netflix
Pose (Dominique Jackson and cast) on Netflix

2. You’ll get invited to interview for all of our courses, to help you understand whether the course is right for you and to ask questions.

3. Quicker offer (usually): Your application will be processed ahead of people who apply later.

b) Why English at Queen Mary?

4. Our values of inclusion and actually decolonising the curriculum are at the heart of what we teach.

5. Professional Support & Work Experience: Employability is at the heart of our English courses and you will gain access to more areas of employment by choosing us.

6. Student Support: We’re here to support your learning the whole way through your degree, with a dedicated advisor, peer-assisted study support, writing workshops and professional practice classes.

c) Why Drama at Queen Mary?

7. Freedom to be you: Unlike Drama schools we support your to tell your own story.

8. Teaching that pushes the boundaries.

9. Space to create: We have 3 rehearsal rooms, 2 studio theatres, and a dedicated technical team to make your ideas a reality.

d) Why Queen Mary over other Russell Group universities?

10. Our history of fighting for social change and inclusion: Listen to this podcast – featuring our very own Nadia Valman – to get insight into this unique history.

East London College (now the Queens’ Building), 1900 © QMUL Archives

11. Our support services & student union.

We are dedicated to supporting students with services like counselling, writing support, Mental Health First Aid and more.

12. Our diversity – and how you can make friends with people from around the world and from different socio-economic backgrounds.

e) Why choose to study in 2021?

13. Learn in lockdown and its aftermath.

Make the most of lockdown and beyond and learn something interesting with us. You can always choose to add a year abroad in your third year when hopefully travel will be less restricted.

14. Time to reflect.

University gives you time to reflect on the wider world, develop your values and try to change the world.

15. The experience of blended learning is benefiting students.

We work with students to improve our online and in-person teaching as much as we can. Lots of students have told us that some experiences work better online. Activities like meeting an advisor or participating in a text-based English class work really well online, so we will act on this feedback for 2021.

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f) Why choose to go to university rather than other options?

16. Transferable skills.

You’ll have time to perfect your transferable skills, including writing, teamwork and creating your own projects.

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17. Time for self-development.

You will have time outside of paid-work and time for internships and other opportunities that may be difficult to fit in around full time work or apprenticeships.

18. Meet curious people and make friends for life.

Lots of our students make friends for life on our courses. We are a friendly department and encourage students to talk and socialise outside of the workshop room.

g) Why do a humanities degree at all?

19. Humanities make us human – we need stories, critique and communication to challenge and celebrate the world we live in.

20. Humanities are relevant to so many careers and make you adaptable for jobs that don’t even exist yet.

21. You’ll find it easier to commit to, read and study about something you are passionate about.

5 Things to look forward to for 2020 students – in London and online

Welcome to 2020 at Queen Mary. We want to get you excited about studying and exploring London and culture online as part of your university experience.

Here’s some suggestions:

1. Epic Exhibitions

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Go to a blockbuster or tiny exhibition in London:

Online

2. Unusual London

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Uncover unusual sights and experience:

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3. See Performance

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4. Give Something Back / Self Care

IRL

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5. Explore Industries and Careers in London

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  • Get help from QMUL Careers team to secure internships, work experience and learning opportunities while you are at university
  • Sign up to the creative version of Linkedin, The Dots and follow cool companies that have free events you can attend
  • Find somewhere unusual to work here – the article is by our English graduate Lara Mills

Online

Add your suggestions in a comment below…

Four Eye-Opening Careers Events in February 2020

Please note for all links you need to be logged in to Target Connect.

More info here

Routes into Teaching – Tuesday 11th February, 18:00-20:00

Keen to explore a career in teaching but unsure of the route to take? Join us for an exciting panel featuring multiple teaching providers. This event will give you the opportunity to hear from recent graduates, recruitment staff and senior staff who will tell you about their training programs, recruitment processes, the types of opportunities available and what it’s like to work for them. There will be an opportunity for informal networking and Q&A with the representatives.
Confirmed providers include:
Ark Teacher Training
Department of Education – Train to Teach
Burnt Mill Academy Trust
St Mary’s University
Teach First
The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Book here

Looking for an LGBT+ friendly employer – Wednesday 12th February, 16:00-18:00

Looking for an LGBT+ friendly employer, not sure where to begin? Join us as part of the Students’ Union LGBT+ History Month and ahead of the Pride Careers Fair to find out the key aspects to look for when searching for the right employer to begin your career journey. Hear from a panel who will give invaluable advice and talk about their personal experiences.

Topics will include:

How to identify a supportive employer
How to come out at work and the benefits
How to build a network
What LGBT+ students have to offer

We’ll be hearing from:

Triona Desmond – lesbian co-parent and Senior Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Pinsent Masons LLP. 
Sal Morton (he/they) – a queer artsperson and senior researcher and content writer for career guide Chambers Student.
Daniel Nasr – diversity & inclusion specialist for the charity and international development sectors, currently leading on Unicef’s inclusion strategy in the U.K.
Dr Lipi Begum– senior fashion and sustainability lecturer and researcher for the University of the Arts London.
Kenneth Pritchard – gay public affairs and strategic communications professional for the Post Office.

Timings for the event will be as follows:
16:00-17:00 Panel conversation
17:00-17:30 Audience Q&A
17:30-18:00 Chit chat

Book here or just turn up on the day

Media Summit – Wednesday 19th February, 17:00-19:00

Interested in the Media sector? Journalism? Publishing? Theatre? Radio? Join us to explore a variety of industries and roles. Learn why these roles are realistic to pursue and how to secure a position in your chosen sector. You will hear from professionals who will talk about their personal experience of the sector and give you top tips along the way! Come prepared with some questions and be ready to do some valuable networking.

Confirmed representatives include (with more to follow!):

Senior Editorial Manager, Penguin Random House

Radio presenter at the BBC
Head of Content for Riviera Maritime Media
Head of Strategy and Planning at Liberty Communications
Theatre Manager at Ambassador Theatre Group

Book here

Why Big Business is Interested in Humanities Students! – Thursday 20th February, 16:00-17:15

PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) is a global professional services firm operating in 157 countries and employing 276,000 staff in 100s of different roles advising businesses on  areas including audit, tax, legal, consultancy, climate change, human resources, risk, deals and many more.  They are really interested in employing graduates studying Humanities and in fact already do employ a number of QM Humanities alumni.

Ashley O’Connell, a recruiter at PwC, is coming to talk about why a global business such as PwC is interested in you, what skills do you have that are valuable to a business like theirs, what kind of opportunities exist, why these are good roles for Humanities students, what they look for in students, what kind of activities they value that you get involved in and how Humanities students can do well in recruitment.

Ashley is flying over from the Channel Islands and will talk about opportunities in both London and the Channel Islands including, graduate jobs, summer internships and insight programmes.  N.B. There are still vacancies for 2020 graduates to start in the Channel Islands this summer.

If you are curious as to what you have to offer a big business operating in any sector, this is a great chance to understand how to market your degree in a way that makes you relevant and to get top tips and insights from a business recruiter.  

Book here

What can you do with a Drama degree?

Studying Drama might not seem like the obvious choice to start a sustainable career. But don’t worry the skills you can develop with a Drama degree are priceless and can help you to get into a career you love.

Skills you will develop


1. Creativity: Develop your creative side as you come up with ideas, arguments and projects while you study with us. Useful for: problem-solving, leading projects, researching new topics.

2. Critical Thinking & Writing: Make informed arguments verbally and in writing with skill. Useful for: analysis of text and data in many career areas, writing reports, writing copy for advertising, creating content. Useful for becoming: a lawyer, journalist, entrepreneur.

3. Confidence: Build assertiveness and stand up for what you believe in through the confidence our courses can give you. Useful for: public speaking, acting/performing, presenting ideas in any job.

4. Understanding Social Justice & Cultural History: Theatre and performance doesn’t exist in a vacuum and can be used for activism, education and heath. Useful for: working in care, NGOs, health and education settings such as been a drama teacher.

5. Teamwork & Project Management: Our courses feature collaborative working practices and lots of independent work so you can practice creating your own projects and research ideas with the support of your peers and our tutors. Useful for: creating a theatre company, directing, developing scripts and ideas and managing people.

Careers you can do

Alumni 3 x 3: From left to right (from top left): MEGANDALEX, Dushant Patel, Ema Boswood, Figs in Wigs, Moa Johansson, Raj Ghatak, Red Cape Black Cape, Edie Edmundson and Sh*t Theatre.

Here are 5 stories about what some of our Drama graduates have gone on to do:

1. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CEO – Liza Vallance set up and runs Studio 3 Arts which has pioneered 30 years of socially-engaged, co-created art in Barking and Dagenham.

2. THEATRE PRODUCER – Karl Taylor works as an independent producer for top alternative theatre legends including Scottee, Lucy McCormick and many more.

3. TECHNICAL MANAGER – James Dawson works for innovative warehouse performance space The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick.

4. SOCIAL MEDIA – Anastasia Nicholl works on Brand Partnerships for TikTok.

5. USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER AND EXPERIENCE STRATEGIST Rochelle Dancel has worked with Diageo (Malts), Disney, The Economist, Emirates Airline, Jack Daniel’s, Kellogg’s, Knight Frank, Kozel, Miller Genuine Draft, McDonald’s, MTV, National Rail, The National Trust, NHS BSA, Volkswagen and more.

Next steps


What can you do with an English degree?

Studying English Literature might not seem like a pathway directly to a career but we can prove otherwise.

The practical and critical skills you learn with an English degree are priceless and you can get into a wider not smaller range of careers if anything.

In our experience our students find it liberating to be able to start in a number of industries using transferable skills you develop during the course.

Nothing is off limits to an English graduate from traditional careers like teaching or law to the latest industries of digital content creation and changing the world through NGOs via social activism.

Skills you will develop


1. Creativity: Develop your creative side as you come up with ideas, arguments and projects while you study with us. Useful for: problem-solving, leading projects, researching new topics.

2. Critical Thinking: Make informed arguments with skill. Useful for becoming: a lawyer, journalist, entrepreneur.

3. Confidence: Build assertiveness and stand up for what you believe in through the confidence our courses can give you. Useful for: public speaking, performing, presenting ideas in any job.

4. Understanding Context: Bring literary and/or performance works to life by understanding them in their historical and contemporary contexts. Useful for: Analysing the context of how people act and work within your chosen career pathway.

5. Reading & Writing: Learn to read and interpret texts in new ways and become an articulate writer. Useful for: analysis of text and data in many career areas, writing reports, writing copy for advertising, creating content.

Careers you can do

Here are 5 stories about what some of our English graduates have gone on to do:

1. PUBLISHING – Sarah Garnham is working in publicity at Ebury Publishing a division of Penguin Random House one of the world’s biggest publishing groups. See her Twitter for what she’s up to.

2. PR – Tierney Cowap used her part-time job while studying her English degree with us to work her way up to become a PR Assistant at Oliver Bonas, a leading UK fashion and gifts retailer. Read her top five tips for starting in the world of PR.

3. LAW & BROADCAST – Raifa Rafiq works for a golden circle law firm and co-created the highly acclaimed Mostly Lit podcast.

4. CULTURAL VENUE MANAGEMENT – Dominic Madden is the CEO of Electric Brixton a hugely successful music and night club venue in South West London.

5. DIGITAL MARKETING – Nell Burnham Digital Marketing Production Officer at Tate.

Next steps