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…

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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 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:

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:

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

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)

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SED Opportunity Digest – 5 February 2021

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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! / /

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…

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

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

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 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)

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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.

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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.

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)

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


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 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


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.



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!

Outside QMUL

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


⁦‪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:

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 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.

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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)

June Opportunities Digest

Jobs and Work Experience


Opportunities with leading social media company recommended by graduate Rima Rashid who has worked there.

Pitch: Our Stories – Work with Sky

Are you a committed, motivated and talented young person 18+?

Pitch is proud to be partnering with Sky Marketing Group on an exciting project offering opportunities to talented young people looking to take their first steps into the creative industry. 

Pitch are looking for a diverse mix of original creative ideas people, confident organised people, lovers of technology people, to apply for live vacancies, internship placements or apprenticeship schemes in Sky Marketing and Sky Creative Agency. No qualifications needed, training will be given and all opportunities are paid.

The application process is super simple: all you need to do to apply is to share your story (life journey so far) as either a written 250-word biography, a 5-minute mobile-phone filmed piece or a 5-minute interview Podcast interview. Please also include your longer-term aspirations and career goals.

Successful talent will be invited to the Pitch Our Stories Open Day on July 4th 2019 at Sky HQ in Osterley, where you will learn more about Sky Marketing and Sky Creative Agency and get the chance to apply for a variety of roles at our open day.

Please submit your story at the link below by Monday 24th of June 2019

Young Foodies Graduate Scheme

Download the information presentation here:

Register and apply here:

Courses and Training


1-2-1 CAREER PLANNING MEETINGS: Your BIG chance to make a plan if you don’t have one – 25-26 June

Book a 1-2-1 appointment to get a bespoke plan for your next steps.

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Presentations, Verbal Communication Skills & Your Elevator pitch – 17 June

Hate speaking in public? Build your confidence with this interactive workshop aiming to enhance your communication competence with Andrea Cox from Careers team.

How to freelance, get paid and pay tax (And avoid fines!) – 3 July

The most boring subjects imaginable live and in 3D. But seriously, tax can be complicated so come and get this guide for beginners to the world of work.

ANDROGYNY!  – Apply by 20 June

A weekend of dance and discussion for anyone interested in thinking about gender through dancing.

Frankenstein (How to make a monster): BAC Beatbox Academy Workshop

A beatbox workshop for young people with Conrad Murray (Artistic Director of BAC Beatbox Academy) using Frankenstein as a stimulus.


Take part in a large-scale outdoor show on Roman Road!

Ever wondered what it’s like to work with an international street theatre company? Well here’s your chance! To take part you must be available to attend the following: Rehearsal Fri 28 June 6pm-10pm and Show Sat 29 June 7pm (for a 9:30pm start). No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in! Interested? Contact Elizabeth on 07899 893935 / to sign up!

Jobs and Opportunities Digest – April 2019

Here’s a selection of things you can apply for in April 2019.

Paid Internships & Jobs

Graduate Digital Marketing & Graduate Digital Content Trainee, The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) – Deadline 15 April 2019

On Campus Jobs (Retail/Bar etc.) at Queen Mary Student Union – Deadline 17 April 2019

Paid Digital Internship, Royal Television Society – Deadline – 22 April 2019

Administrative Assistant (Internship) for Pre-Sessional Summer Programme at QMUL – Deadline 22 April 2019

BAME Opportunity in PR: Summer Stars Work Placement Programme @ Taylor Bennett Foundation (London) – Deadline 26 April 2019


Residential Residency at Toynbee Hall – Deadline 15 April 2019

British Asian Representation in Radio at Roundhouse on 18 April 2019 – No deadline but closes when full

Freelance Producer for Woman SRSLY – Deadline 22 April 2019

Think Ahead – paid, two-year graduate programme in mental health social work – Deadline 29 April 2019

Intro to Music Journalism at Roundhouse on 15/16 June – No Deadline Closes when full

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Deadline 28 June 2019

Nothing to your tastes? Why not book an appointment with the Queen Mary careers service.

5 Unmissable Opportunities for SED Students – March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You would visit the following amazing startup spaces:

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

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

4. Write for Roman Road LDN

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

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

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

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

What happens on the Immersion Program?

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

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

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

– Get real feedback from recruitment teams and mentors 

Eligibility criteria

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

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

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

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


When? 17 – 21 June 2019

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

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

#SEDdigest Events & Opportunities Digest 2019 #1 – 18 Jan 2019


Artist Development from Pleasance Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe

Application are now open for The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve. The Pleasance will provide an emerging theatre company with £10,000 financing, mentoring, support, PR, marketing, accommodation, travel, accessible performances and so much more to enable them to bring a fully produced theatre production to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. An unmissable opportunity! 

Deadline, 10am 31st January 2019.

Website to apply
Information pack Information pack  

Jobs and Paid Internships

Careers Events

HOW TO GET INTO PUBLISHING… from those that know! Thursday 31st January 6pm – 7.45pm, People’s Palace PP1.

We are delighted to have two major publishers coming on to campus to talk about their organisations and the type of work experience, internship & entry level roles that they have available. 

We will be joined by Lisa Goll – Events Manager at Bloomsbury and Owner of London Writers’ Café and Christiana Markou – Recruitment Advisor at HarperCollins, as well as a Junior Editor from Bloomsbury and a recent recipient of a HarperCollins BAME internship.

 Lisa and Christiana will give presentations and will be interviewed about general recruitment questions.  The Junior Editor and HarperCollins intern will also be interviewed about how they secured their opportunities and their reflections on their experiences.  There will also be opportunity for your questions to all our guests.



A Career Conversation… Life as a National Newspaper Journalist with Sarah Oliver, from the Mail on Sunday.  Wednesday 30th January lunchtime 1.15 – 2.15pm, LAWS Room 1.19

We are delighted that Sarah Oliver is coming to QM to speak about building a career as a newspaper journalist.  Sarah is an established QMentor supporting one QM student each year interested in building a journalism career.  Now we have an opportunity for lots more students to benefit from her knowledge and experience.

As a foreign news correspondent Sarah covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as stories across the world from Kosovo to Malawi. In more recent years she has focused on features, columns and celebrity interviews.  With Sarah we will explore what it takes to get started on a newspaper career, how a career can develop, skills & experienced required to get a foot in the door, as well as perhaps exploring some of her most memorable career moments.

If you are interested in any aspect of newspaper journalism this is a definitely a ‘not to be missed session’. 


Careers in Charities: 21st January 6-7pm

CharityWorks will be talking about how to begin a career in the non-profit sector, provide you with an overview of the graduate scheme for the UK non-profit sector 



Careers in Ideas: 22nd January 6 – 8pm

If you would like to consider a law career in Intellectual Property, come and speak to a range of firms who will be promoting their work experience and graduate opportunities! N.B. Definitely do some research on the role & firms coming in advance, so that you understand their areas of interest.



Google Skills: The Importance of Self Promotion, 28th January 6 – 7.30pm

This 90 minute workshop is aimed at women & underrepresented groups. The workshop will help you to highlight the importance of self promotion in your career, and provide you with the tools to start developing this skill.



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Are you 14 – 25 and looking to break into the creative industries? 

On Track is back  –  After huge success the free two day festival designed to fuel the next generation of performers and artistic entrepreneurs is back at Hackney Empire. You’ll get access to some of the industry’s biggest players and influencers working right now.

Sign up to masterclasses, seminars, panels debates, up-skill yourself with vital tools and knowledge to help you take things to the next level, plus network with peers and some of the industry’s biggest names

Show and Tell – Inspiring Mini Talks at QMUL – Series 2 – 2019

Show and Tell is back for 2019 with a series of free inspiring talks about studying and working in the arts and humanities in February 2019

More information and book online here

See the full programme below

The evening promises to be entertaining and relaxed. Speakers will each deliver a TED-style talk, and these will be followed by a chance for guests to ask questions, before the evening ends with socialising and networking over refreshments.

Show and Tell runs on the evenings of the 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019, taking place between 18:00 and 20:00 at the ArtsOne Building on the Mile End Road of Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.

Everyone is welcome from sixth-form students, new QMUL freshers, alumni, school teachers, researchers and anyone who has a general interest in the arts and humanities.

If you have any questions or would like to register a group please email:

Sadly you missed…

Wednesday 6 February 2019

  • Kayla MacQuarrie: Stand-up comedian who recently performed her award-winning show Traumatised at Soho Theatre.
  • Matti Ryan: Matti Ryan is a performance artist, impresario and the manager of Overlock, a new mixed-arts venue in Hackney.
  • Giulia Casalini from Arts Feminism Queer (also known as CUNTemporary) is a non-profit, volunteer-run arts organisation that aims to strengthen collaboration and solidarity between queer, feminist and decolonial communities across the fields of academia, culture, activism, grassroots organisations and social policy makers.
  • Charlotte Dinkin: Stand-up comedian, director, and creative communications consultant. She recently directed Olga Koch’s Edinburgh show Fight, for which Olga was nominated for best newcomer. She’s also just completed an MA in Psychoanalysis.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

  • Sufiya Ahmed: Sufiya has worked in advertising and in the House of Commons, but is now a full-time author. In 2010 Sufiya set up the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to arrange visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged school children.
  • Alana Buckley: Alana has worked in the events industry for over 10 years, beginning her career in heritage venues including the Imperial War Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral before transitioning onto catering. She has been heading up the events team at London-based street food company KERB since 2015.
  • Charlotta Salmi: Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literature at Queen Mary with research involving: Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Graphic Narratives; Literary Form; Conflict and protest literature; Borders and the state.
  • Magda Oldziejewska: Activist, independent researcher and blogger, as well as fundraising coordinator and management collective member at the Feminist Library.
  • Liza Vallance: Artistic Director/CEO @Studio3Arts, co-founder of @OriginalArmy. Runner, fat, feminist, working class.
  • Maria Oshodi / Kumiko Mendl: Maria Oshodi is a freelance writer and Artistic Director and CEO of Extant, Britains leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists. Kumiko Mendl is Artistic Director of the UK’s award winning British East Asian Theatre Company, Yellow Earth.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

  • Kit Redstone: Award winning writer (Testosterone). Artistic director of Vacuum Theatre and hot tempered, belligerent short-arse trans man who wears a lot of jewellery.
  • Ben Walters: Writer, producer, programmer, critic and activist living in London. Ben is a PhD student at Queen Mary interested in queer fun, cabaret and homemade mutant hope machines — or how participatory performance practices can materialise better worlds for marginalised people.
  • Kemah Bob (BBC3, The Guilty Feminist) a stand-up comedian, writer, improviser, and drag king from Texas now based in London.
  • Jorge Lopes Ramos: London-based artist, curator and producer working in the intersection between art, technology and games. Co-founder and director of East London venue G.A.S. Station (Games and Arts Stratford) and theatre/digital arts company ZU-UK (Brazil/UK), Jorge also works as Senior Lecturer at University of East London since 2009.
  • Dr Martin Welton: Reader (Academic Teaching at QMUL) in Drama at Queen Mary researching Movement and the senses in relation to the theory and practice of contemporary performance.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

  • Professor Jerry Brotton: Professor of Renaissance Studies and author of ‘This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World’
  • Nurull Islam (QMUL fellow): (QMUL fellow): Nurull Islam is one of the Co Founders of Mile End Community Project ( MCP ). A multi-award winning film and media organization with a commitment to helping young people recognise their potential. MCP engages young people through creative learning opportunities, such as peer-led film making, art, and media projects.
  • Moa Johansson: Moa Johansson (UK/SWE) is a performance artist whose work occupies the space between performance installation, live art, and dance. Her practice investigates theories concerning the body, space, subjectivity and communication in the context of an intersectional, ecofeminist and queer reading.
  • Dr Nisha Ramayya: Nisha Ramayya is a poet and lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Katherine Igoe-Ewer: is the award-winning The Yard Theatre‘s producer for local projects.

Please note all speakers appearances are subject to change

Jobs, Events & Opportunities from SED’s Careers Consultant Caroline Lisser – Thursday 4 October 2018

  • Teaching
  • SED Careers Appointments
  • Careers in Market Research
  • QMUL Graduate Scheme
  • QM Career Mentoring
  • The Business & Finance Fair
  • Part-time/Temporary roles as QM Annual Fund Caller
  • Alumni tips on work experience

Teaching: the Government has announced the bursary levels for trainee teachers for 2019.  The English bursary is £15,000… read more here:

SED exclusive appointments for career discussions with Caroline, are available on Thursday 11th October afternoon. 

To book, phone 020 7882 8533 or drop-in to the Careers Centre in Queens Building.

Exploring Careers in Market Research: 15th October – 6pm

A fantastic panel of researchers has been signed up for this event including the Head of Research for BBC Media Action… come and discover a whole world of careers that you did not know existed and learn more about how research shapes so many business decisions.  English students have a fantastic skillset, particularly for qualitative market research… come and find out more.  Details and booking here:

QMUL Graduate Scheme:

Attention 3rd years:  have you become rather attached to QMUL and wondering what you will do after your degree?  Join the leadership graduate scheme at Queen Mary… applications are open now for jobs starting in September 2019.  This scheme is a leadership programme for graduates wanting to work in Higher Education. You will receive high-quality training and one year’s membership of the Association of University Administrators, whilst undertaking two 6 month placements at Queen Mary and one 6 month placement at another UK university. The scheme runs from September 2019-February 2021 and you will earn £22-28K. Find out more about this scheme on 18th October at the ‘Careers in the Community – working in the public sector’ event.

Apply at  Closing Date for Applications: January 2019

Business employers on campus:

For those of you wanting to explore a career in Business… The annual QM Business & Finance Fair is next week on 8th October… Come along and talk to employers about why they are interested in English students/graduates  and what kind of jobs exist in their organisations.
Places limited, so reserve here: 


Interested in gaining 6 months of one-to-one support from an experienced professional?  In receipt of the QMUL Bursary?

Particularly if you are in your 3rd year, this is a not to be missed opportunity to have a professional working in a field that interests you, to guide you through the career decision making and job search process.

To apply for a place, please go to:

For general enquiries, please email, or call the team on 020 7882 3690.

QMUL Annual Fund Caller – part-time role, apply NOW!

We’re looking for 40 student callers to work on our telephone campaign in November. Deadline: Wednesday 10 October.

You will: be paid £10.43 per hour (plus holiday pay); gain invaluable careers advice from alumni; be expected to attend 3-4 shifts (one weekend); receive full paid training on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October

School of Languages & Linguistics have an alumni work experience event to which you are invited… useful if you want to hear about how to get experience in order to  build a career in communications, charities or freelance writing. Tuesday 9th October, 5.30pm

Work experience is one of the most efficient ways to test out career ideas.
But how do you get it? What should you look for in a placement?
In this alumni panel you’ll hear the honest stories of three recent alumni (both extroverted and introverted) who did a variety of different things to get work experience.

Charlotte Stockton (French & Eng.Lit) – while at QMUL Charlotte did three different internships in marketing and promotions, including one over 8 months at City Hall for the Mayor of London. She now works in business development for a communications agency in London.

Laura Potter (Comp.Lit & Linguistics) – Laura left QMUL in 2017 and during her degree she got work experience as a News Desk Assistant at the Guardian, worked as features and music editor and a freelance reporter for a variety of on and off-campus publications. She is passionate about mental wellbeing and was the QMSU welfare rep. She now works as Communications Executive at charity Dementia UK.

Aisha Rimi (French & German) – During her time at uni Aisha worked as a fashion production assistant, doing communications for a local charity via QProjects Summer, a telephone fundraiser, a social media intern for a start-up, sub-editor on a student newspaper, shop assistant and more. She’s now works as a freelance writer and as the Volunteer Centre Coordinator at London School of Economics.

Book a place here:

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 14 March 2018

Here’s our digest #7 of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


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Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) | 15-19 May 2018 | 7.45pm | £5-18

Support the WOW Women in Creative Industries award-winning Professor Lois Weaver at the Barbican in May!

“Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, this show explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

The stage features a round table, doomsday images projected on a screen, echoing the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s film. In our Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and spirit-lifting humour.

Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches lace this interactive piece with both playful urgency and lethargy, encouraging discussion about the political landscape.”

The week ahead

World Literature and the Archives of Criticism | 17 March 2018 | QMUL – Mile End | Free

A one day colloquium, which includes panels with interests such as:

  • Adhira Mangalagiri (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Imagining the World in 1950s Chinese Literature’
  • Becky Roach (Kings College London), ‘World Literature: World Computing’
  • Angus Brown (Birmingham), ‘The World History of Close Reading’
  • Graham Riach (Oxford), ‘Freak Time and Spatial Form in Bruno Schultz and Tamura Taijirō’
  • David James (Birmingham), ‘World Fiction and Critical Humility’

And a keynote by guest Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm) on:

‘Southern Itineraries: The Fate of Literature in the Archives of Criticism’

Download the schedule here


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Career Appointments at QMUL

Current students and recent graduates can book a bespoke careers appointment to help with: finding jobs, making your applications better and even interview practice.


Programming Assistant (p/t) at The Albany | Deadline: 19 March 2018

A London-based performing arts venue that work around cultural diversity and creativity are looking for a Programming Assistant to join their team. Could it be you? >>


2 roles: Participation Producer and Administration Assistant at Pacitti Company | Deadline: 3 April 2018

“We are pleased to announce two new job opportunities with Pacitti Company.

Participation Producer
The Participation Producer is responsible for supporting the development of SPILL Festival’s mass participation public engagement events and the Think Tank public programme. The Participation Producer will work to deliver an exceptional year-round programme of work that engages, educates and invigorates the local community and ensures meaningful development for local audiences.

For more information and to apply please download an application pack along with an equal opportunities form.

Administration Assistant
As the Administration Assistant, you will play a pivotal role in the Company, helping the running of a wide range of administration duties, occasionally acting as the first point of contact for enquiries for SPILL Festival, the Think Tank or Pacitti Company overall.”


Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering

Call for participants in RIFT theatre project | 17-18 March

RIFT Theatre’s Void – call for participants in audience research project

17th and 18th March


How can audiences contribute to the future of theatre?

How should new technologies be used to shape the way theatre appears and feels for audiences?


If you’re a theatre-goer who is interested in how audiences might play a part in the future development of the form, then we would like to invite you to participate in a project run jointly by Queen Mary University of London and RIFT theatre company. We are looking for 20 audience members to take part in a study of immersive theatre experience centred on RIFT’s VOID, a performance for a solo spectator commissioned for this year’s Vault festival. 


What will it involve

We are looking for 20 audience members to participate in piece of immersive theatre for a solo spectator. You will receive a free ticket for the performance, and a £10 theatre voucher. In return we ask that you agree to some limited video and data recording of your experience, and a post-performance interview with a member of Queen Mary’s research team. Following the performance, you will also receive a copy of the recordings as a unique record of your experience.


If you would like to be involved, please email your name and contact details to: stating your preference for attending a performance on either 17th or 18th March. As the performance can only accommodate one spectator at a time, there are a variety of slots available between 18.00-20.00 on Saturday 17th March and between 18.00-21.15 on Sunday 18th March. If you have a particular preference, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Please be aware that some of the performance includes accounts of consent issues and sexual trauma.


How long will it take

The performance lasts thirty minutes, and each interview will take no longer than twenty minutes.


Will my responses be confidential 

The interviews will contribute to a research project funded by the Arts an Humanities Research Council; this process has been scrutinised by QMUL’s ethics committee, and all details will be fully anonymised in any public or academic material. You will be free to withdraw if you wish to.


Calls for papers

No listings this week.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 7 March 2018

Here’s our digest #6 of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


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Shakespeare is Dead: The Great Shakespeare Debate | Tuesday 27 March 2018 | 6pm | Free

This house proposes that the inclusion of Shakespeare in the higher education curriculum and theatre and arts programming obstructs decolonization.

Join students, performers, policy makers, scholars, teachers, artists and artistic directors to debate what place Shakespeare has in education and the arts today.

Have your say.

Cast Your Vote.

Inaugural Lecture: Andrew van der Vlies | Thursday 29 March | 6.30pm | Free


How has writing from and about South Africa travelled beyond the borders of the country? How has it made readers feel, and why might this continue to matter? Using key examples from the past 130 years, the lecture will survey the trajectory of South African writing as a category, ask how and why some texts have become well known internationally while others have not, and consider the importance of the personae that South African writers have (or been thought by readers to have) adopted, as well as the significance of the material forms that texts have taken—the guises, or indeed ‘personae’, under which they have travelled. Texts from and about South Africa—not to mention readers encountering them—have had to find ways to grapple with questions about the appropriateness or otherwise of representations of the country’s diverse people and complex politics. (Appropriate can, after all, be an adjective and a verb.) This lecture will therefore also grapple with the politics of speaking—and writing—positions, including this lecturer’s own. It will address South Africa’s often problematic place in postcolonial studies, and will argue for the continuing relevance of the study of the country’s literature here and now.


Andrew van der Vlies is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Postcolonial Studies in the School of English and Drama. Born and raised in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, he completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford and taught at the University of Sheffield before joining Queen Mary in 2010. He is the author of the books Present Imperfect: Contemporary South African Writing (Oxford, 2017) and South African Textual Cultures (Manchester, 2007), and of a number of scholarly articles and chapters on South African literature, visual culture, gender studies, and print cultures (including contributions to the Oxford Companion to the Book, Cambridge History of South African Literature, and Oxford History of the Novel in English). He is editor of a collection of essays on Print, Text, and Book Cultures in South Africa (Wits, 2012), and lead editor of the scholarly journal Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies (Taylor & Francis). Forthcoming books include editions of Zoë Wicomb’s non-fiction (Yale), and of Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm (Edinburgh). Van der Vlies also holds an honorary appointment at the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa.


The week ahead

QMTC: New Writing Festival | 10-11 March 2018 | QMUL – Mile End | From £6


New Writers’ Festival is always one of our favourites of the year, as we show off the talented playwrights QM has. This festival celebrates new writing, new stories, and a range of voices and styles. It’s bloody brilliant – and you should definitely come and watch!

The Woman Who Gave Birth to a Goat | Camden People’s Theatre | Wednesday 14 March | £10

Join our grads Hugo Aguirre and Lizzie Manwaring for a bizarre journey of a woman who, in five months, will be having a kid (literally).

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Career Appointments at QMUL

Current students and recent graduates can book a bespoke careers appointment to help with: finding jobs, making your applications better and even interview practice.


Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering

Paid opportunity for women of colour | Roundhouse | Deadline: Friday 6 April

‘We are forming a performance collective for women of colour to create a new piece of work: Hive City Legacy. This will be performed in the Sackler Space. This is a paid opportunity for the selected performers.’


Calls for papers

No listings this week.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 28 February 2018

Here’s our digest cinco of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


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MA Live Art Launch | Monday 26 March 2018 | 7pm | Free

An exciting and unprecedented new MA Live Art will begin in September 2018*, convened by the Drama Department at Queen Mary University, London in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA).

MA Live Art is a specialised postgraduate course dedicated to the research, practice, and programming of Live Art and will be led by research leaders, industry professionals and leading artists. Graduates will gain theoretical and practical grounding in histories and practices of Live Art, while developing professional capacities and networks.

Please join us for an event to mark the launch of this MA. The evening will offer a flavour of the kinds of practices, ideas, approaches and issues the MA will engage with and is aimed at those who might consider applying to the course themselves as well as those who could encourage their students, colleagues and collaborators to do so.

The evening will feature a series of dialogues with Dominic Johnson (QMUL) and Lois Keidan (LADA) on the teaching and study of Live Art; Dickie Beau (artist and QMUL Artist Fellow) and Julia Bardsley (artist and QMUL lecturer) on practice as research and research as practice; and the artists Anne Bean and Ansuman Biswas on making, collaborating and surviving.

Register online


The week ahead

English PGR Seminar: Dr. Iman Sheeha (University of Warwick) | Thursday 1 March 2018 | 5pm | Lock-keeper’s Cottage, QMUL Mile End

‘The Lamentable And Trve Tragedie of M[aster] Arden of Feversham in Kent:’

When Masters Became Tragic Heroes

Dr. Iman Sheeha (University of Warwick)

What is Domestic Tragedy? Can tragedy be domestic? Can gentlemen and women, rather than kings and queens be tragic heroes?

Why does it matter?

The lecture is relevant for both English and Drama departments.


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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Joad Raymond ‘News from the End of Europe’ | Thursday 1 March 2018 | 6.30pm | Skeel Lecture Theatre, QMUL Mile End Campus | Free

‘News from the End of Europe’

Between 1450 and 1750 Europe developed a complex system of news communication. This lecture explains the growth and nature of that culture of news, practical and imaginative responses to it, the geographical patterns of news exchange. I suggest how this news culture might be thought of as a network, and why that might be valuable to us in our fake news days. Finally I reflect upon the shape of that network, and what it might mean to be on the periphery of the early-modern European news network.

About Professor Joad Raymond, Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

Joad Raymond was born and schooled in Cardiff, then studied at UEA and Magdalen College, Oxford before teaching at Oxford, Aberdeen, and UEA, moving to Queen Mary University of London in 2012. He is the author and editor of 13 books, mainly on the history of newspapers, political pamphleteering, Milton, and angels. He has just completed an edition of Milton’s Latin defences for OUP, and is writing a book on the history of news communication for Penguin.

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Kayla MacQuarrie: Traumatised | Sunday 4 March 2018 | 7.30pm | The Brewery, Romford | £5

Join English graduate Kayla MacQuarrie for her show Traumatised. She’ll tell lots of jokes about it though so stick with her and it’ll be ok. She’ll cover getting hate crimed, breaking down and growing up in Essex (the thing she’s still the most bitter about) all in a friendly, confessional style.

Come see the ex-weird kid turned obnoxious trans hedonist whose comedy has been described as “weirdly uplifting”.

This trans comedian is a fresh and friendly face in comedy with a hilarious take on everything from alcohol to why she’s like the 2011 Green Lantern film.


NO HARD FELINES: Pussy Grabs Back | Monday 5 March 2018 | 7pm | The Star by Hackney Downs

We’re tired of being cat-called so now we’re going to be whistle-blowers. We’re here to reclaim pussies, vixens, b*tches, cows, birds, and chicks. Everyone is invited to this event however only women can perform. This is our small attempt to level the playing field.

So hands off my kitty, Donald.

NO HARD FELINES is a female-led variety night in East London bringing creative women together to share performance in a safe space. For one night a month The Star by Hackney Downs are handing over their stage to female performers for a spectacular cabaret displaying the ridiculous, bizarre and downright mundane. Expect poetry, stand up comedy, music, puppetry and more.

£5 Entry

This is a profit-shared event meaning all the money raised on the door will be split by the performers.


PEACH: Oscillations Launch | Tuesday 6 March 2018 | 6.30pm | G.O. Jones LT, QMUL Mile End | Free

On 6 March, PEACH will be launching and handing out limited edition copies of the earth shattering and awesomely whirling Oscillations. To celebrate, we will be having a night of energetic readings from the people who have got their work published in the collection, and also displaying the tremendous art that graces the pages. It’s going to be uncontrollable. Come along to GO Jones Lecture Theatre at 18.30 and hear the ripest rhymes and tantalisingly juicy tales.



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Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering


Invitation for women to take part in Mojisola Adebayo’s ‘The Interrogation of Sandra Bland’ | Deadline: 15 March

black lives black words

The Bush Theatre is looking for women of all ages and experiences to join writer Mojisola Adebayo and director Omar Elerian to work with a company of professional actors and take part in a performance of The Interrogation of Sandra Bland. Those taking part would be needed from 10am-10pm on either the 23, 24, or 25 Mar 2017.

In response to a call out from Artistic Directors of the Future, in Jan 2016 theatre-maker Mojisola Adebayo sat down at her desk and transcribed the dash-cam recording of the arrest of Sandra Bland on 10 July 2015. Bland was pulled over by Police Officer Brian Encinia for a failure to signal. As events escalated, she was forcefully arrested and taken into custody. She was found hanged in her cell in Waller County, Texas, on 13 July. Sandra Bland was a 28 year old black woman. She was due to start her new job the next day.

This transcript is the starting point for a short performance that will feature as part of Black Lives, Black Words 23-25 Mar 2017. The transcribed recording will be read by a chorus of female performers in multiple voices. Each night will feature a group of women on stage who will be joined by a different chorus to bring this piece of evidence of police brutality to life.

Please RSVP to by 15 Mar. Due to limited capacity for each day’s performance please specify your available dates (23-25 Mar) in order of preference along with a brief introduction to yourself.


Call out for U25s: Freshly Scratched at Battersea Arts Centre | Application deadline: 10am Mon 12 Mar 2018

Freshly Scratched is an open platform at Battersea Arts Centre for emerging artists to try out new ideas. It’s an opportunity to try out short ideas in front of an audience at an early stage of development, take a creative risk and receive feedback for your work from the audience. Freshly Scratched
Application deadline: 10am Mon 12 Mar 2018

Freshly Scratched is an open platform at Battersea Arts Centre for emerging artists to try out new ideas. It’s an opportunity to try out short ideas in front of an audience at an early stage of development, take a creative risk and receive feedback for your work from the audience.

Application Information

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Calls for papers

Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere | Deadline: 31 March 2018

A Colloquium hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Download the CfP here

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 14 February 2018

Here’s our digest numéro cinq of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


The week ahead

English PGR Seminar: Gail Crowther ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’ | Thursday 15 February 2018 | 5.15pm | Lock-keeper’s Cottage, QMUL Mile End

Dr Gail Crowther: ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’

This paper will explore the notion of the living archive; the places and spaces in Plath’s life that impacted on her poetry and prose. In contrast to the traditional archive, which can be seen as a place of stasis where documents are held in traditional repositories and libraries; the living archive is a dynamic space subject to change and time. Houses Plath once lived in, places she visited and wrote about, the domestic space surrounding her, all featured in some of her most powerful poems and prose. Physical traces remain, and these traces, however spectral, lead us to a new understanding of Plath and her creative processes.

Dr Gail Crowther is a writer, researcher, and academic. She is the author and co-author of A Year’s Turning: Sylvia Plath in Devon (2015), The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath (2016), and These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (2017).

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FIRSTS | Thursday 15 February | 6pm | Rich Mix | Free

‘FIRSTS’,  is a multidisciplinary, interactive performance event which explores peoples ‘firsts’- from the first time they make a coffee to the first time they put on a Hijab. It is being organised by Rich Mix New Creative Team including our student Rachel Cleverly. It will be an inclusive celebration of human experience through music, poetry, film and personal anecdote.

Slappin’ Da Bass: February | Fri 16 February | QMUL Mile End | 50p

(or a few days after at least)


Make sure to message our page or Jack Ridley to put your name down on the list! There are 10 performance slots available, on a first-come, first-served basis

THIS MONTH’S CHARITY: This month, our chosen charity is The Albert Kennedy Trust, a London-based charity providing support and advocacy programs for LGBTQ+ homeless youth!

Donations from our Shakespeare Festival Live Art Shows will also be going to the Albert Kennedy Trust, so be sure to check out for details of the shows and performances happening this weekend!

There will There will be a 50p entry fee, but please pay what you can: it’s all for a good cause!


QMTC Shakespeare Festival: Performances | 17-18 February 2018 | QMUL Mile End | Various Prices

PEACH at the QM Visual Arts Collective Exhibition 2018 | Sunday 18 February | Free

PEACH’s first spoken word night of 2018 will be closing the night at the QM’s Visual Arts Collective Exhibition 2018. We will be having readings from some of the University’s finest poets, whilst also looking on at awe at the tremendous visual art on display.

If you would like to read your work please email, there is limited time and we will be only responding to people we accept.

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Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships

Publishing Assistant, Nick Hern Books | Deadline: Thursday 22 February

Nick Hern Books, the UK’s leading specialist theatre publisher, is seeking an enthusiastic, adaptable new member of the team to contribute to all aspects of our publishing activity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain varied experience at a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house.


Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering

Network: Audience of the Future (Immersive) Funding | Deadline: 9 March 

Network is Queen Mary University of London’s recently established Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy

As part of our programme to support knowledge exchange we are launching Network Vouchers, a funding scheme awarding small sums of money (up to a maximum of £5000) and aimed at facilitating collaboration between academics/researchers and creative/cultural organizations. Business at any scale can be partners, but we anticipate the scheme will mostly be attractive to micro-enterprises, sole traders, social enterprises and/or charities. The scheme is not prescriptive. As long as a proposed collaboration is challenge-led and aimed at supporting creative and cultural economic activity in whatever way this is articulated/understood by partners, it will be eligible to apply for support. The scheme is purposely open to interpretation, but must be aimed at collaboration with the creative and cultural sector.

Applications must be led by QMUL researchers. PhD candidates are not eligible for the scheme. Applications deadline is March 9th at midnight.

Please see application pack here.

See the presentation here for details


Volunteers Wanted for Steakhouse Live Festival 

Steakhouse Live are seeking volunteers for the fifth annual festival of Live Art and performance in London.

The festival takes place Sat 24 Feb at Rich Mix from 1-11pm and Sun 25 February at Toynbee Studios from 12-9pm. They are looking for approachable and hardworking people to help out at the event. Shifts will be around 4 hours in duration and they will make sure that you get to see as many performances as possible.

If you are interested in being involved then send SL an email letting them know what day(s) you are available and why you’d like to be a part of the Steakhouse Live Festival 2018.


Calls for papers

Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere | Deadline: 31 March 2018

A Colloquium hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Download the CfP here