ArtsOne – Enhancing Facilities

This post to update you about some exciting developments happening in Arts One on our Mile End Campus. Queen Mary University of London has committed to a major investment aimed at improving and enhancing our arts and culture facilities. The new facilities will ensure that we can continue to support teaching and research that is both world leading, inclusive and accessible to the communities we work with.

The enhanced facilities, for which accessibility has been a driving principle — will include:

  • A new cinema designed by leading architects McFarland-Latter, including the latest in surround-sound and projection technologies;
  • The instalment of new digital technologies for motion capture and ambisonic playback in Rehearsal Room 3;
  • A new production suite adjacent to Rehearsal Room 3 including a fully sound-proofed recording booth, and control facilities for video and audio production;
  • Improved lighting, sound and seating in Room G.34 enabling flexible use as a seminar room, gallery or installation studio;
  • Improvements to the toilet facilities in the Arts One Foyer, including improvements to the accessible bathroom facilities;

There may be some temporary disruption while these works are completed, but we are working hard to keep these to a minimum as much as possible. We will also provide regular updates on progress by email, via a project Sharepoint site, and in details posted within the Arts One Foyer. The construction work will mean some temporary changes to the Arts One Foyer as a work and meeting space, students might like to consider using our online tool to book a study space on our Mile End campus:

Staff can find advice about how to make ad-hoc room bookings via this page.

English and Drama Open Day Programme – 2 October 2021

We can’t wait to see our guests this Saturday. Here’s a quick guide to the English and Drama activities happening on the day.

Welcome Area

Our welcome area is on the Ground floor of ArtsTwo from 10am-4pm. At the welcome area you can:

  • Meet students and staff
  • Get a free goodie bag
  • See books and resources from our inspiring teaching team

Live Sessions

Live sessions are the best way to find out about our courses. The general subject talk will give you an overview of what we offer plus:

EnglishDrama
1215-1245
English General Talk
Molly / Peter
Geography Draper’s Lecture Theatre

1300-1330
English Taster
Creative Writing Taster Session: Finding Your Many Voices – Nisha Ramayya
Nisha Ramayya
Graduate Centre 2.01    

1430-1500
English General Talk Molly/Peter
Geography 1.26  

1515-1545
English Taster
What’s Love Got To Do With It? Putting Romeo and Juliet In Its Place’- David Colclough
David Colclough
Graduate Centre 2.01  
1045-1115
Drama General Talk
Martin O’Brien
ArtsOne 1.28  

1130-1200
Drama Taster
Theatre and Protest – Aoife Monks
ArtsOne 1.28  

1300-1330
Drama General Talk with Martin O’Brien  
ArtsOne 1.28

1345-1415
Drama Taster
Show Business:  Theatre and Capitalism – Michael McKinnie
Michael McKinnie
ArtsOne 1.28

English and Drama Graduation Ceremonies for class of 2020 and 2021

Bookings open now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Undergraduate Year 1 – Welcome Week Hub

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

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

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

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

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

Warm regards,

Rupert

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

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

Book a chat

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Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

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

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

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

English Students (including Joint Honours)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

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

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

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

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

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

2-1

Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

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

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

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

English Students (including Joint Honours)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners of our Tote Bag Design Competition 2021 Announced

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

From left to right:

  • Fatema Hakim
  • Livonia Okello
  • Joanna Bailey

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

Welcome Information for Incoming New Students in 2021-22

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

We are so proud to have you in the family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

English and Drama Meet Ups before Welcome Week

Online – All New English and Drama

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

Sign up here

English & Joints

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

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

Sign up here

All Points East

Drama Only

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

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

Sign up here for a ticket

Family Tree

Welcome Week

Welcome week is the first week of Semester 1.

Monday 20 – Friday 24 September 2021

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

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

Do these things and get ready…

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

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

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

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

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

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


Download Drama Preparation Document

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

Warm regards,

Rupert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Cultural Things To Do In Summer 2021

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

All Points East in the Neighbourhood 31 August -2 September

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

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

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 27 August-11 September

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

Open House London 4 – 12 September

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

Summer Reunion at Southbank Centre until end of August

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

What Shall We Build Here 8-12 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the Student-Run Offer Holder Whatsapp Groups

Use the links below to join…

English / English with Creative Writing / Drama

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

Tours

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

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

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

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

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

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

Download Drama Preparation Document

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

Warm regards,

Rupert

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

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

What makes Queen Mary drama different by Estelle Homerstone

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student of the week: Maximillion Chapman – BA English

Usually caught with a fantastic book in one hand and a large glass of pinot in the other.

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

Crikey, highlights at Queen Mary! Where do I begin? As its a campus based university in central London, QM has access to such experiences that really stay with you even after your time there. I’m quite a socialite and the quick route to Soho and Shoreditch were great to really embrace London culture. My course itself was a great companion for my lifestyle as some of the modules required to go out into the city and explore! A fantastic moment for me was definitely getting a lecturer taught underneath the Globe!

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

English at QMUL doesn’t restrict itself in its teachings. There is such a wide variety of subjects within the course that allow you to really explore what you truly love. This variation has been great for me in the outside world, not only in teaching me more but also as an insight to what I might want to do in my later years.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

As said previously, I loved the social life of uni. Who doesn’t! You have one of the greatest cities in the world on your doorstep and my friends and I made sure to take great advantage of it. London was our very own playground and that’s the way it should be. I’ve made some fantastic friends that have stayed in my life even after university, we simply haven’t left London yet. Two of my very close friends loved the social aspect of the city so much that they bought a pub in Mile End!

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

I’m currently working in content creation and marketing over three companies, which I absolutely love. It’s a lot of work but it certainly keeps me on my toes. The company I mostly work with is an up and coming new dating website, so its thrilling stuff at the moment what with everything (hopefully) going back to normal.

Before this career step, I worked for a company called the Noble Collection. Some of the more film-based fanatics might have heard of them since they primarily create fine replicas and gifts from movies such as Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. If you own a wand, chances are Noble made it! This was a researched based job and it gave me the chance to work with notorious toy store Hamleys.

During my personal time when I’m not sat at my desk, I play rugby for the Kings Cross Steelers twice a week. It’s the first all inclusive LGBT+ rugby club in the world so I get to meet, drink and play with such a wide range of interesting guys. Its also only a hop on the tube from my flat in Shoreditch!

In regards to ambitions, I have many. That doesn’t mean I set my life path towards achieving them though. My perception on life is to just enjoy every second, because if you strive for something so desperately, you can sometimes become obsessed and miss the finer things in life. Those ambitions will come to you freely.

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

I think so many professors value your journey at QMUL, and it really shows in person when you get to talk to them. Sometimes communication isn’t received as clear as it should have been, whether it be about the course or results feedback. I think a good chit chat in their office is a calming alternative to essay feedback rather than the ominous online results.

Find out more about our English

Student of the week: Katie Butler – BA English Literature

Always free for a chat

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

After joining QMUL I very quickly realised this was 100% my academic home, the lecturers and seminars are unbeatable and staff are really great at making you feel comfortable in exploring your ideas around texts. Outside of academics we have so many opportunities in terms of events and societies, having my own articles published in CUB magazine was amazing! I also have had the privilege of being elected for SED Student Rep in the SU, and the English Soc Welfare Rep for 2021-22!

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

Aside from developing my academic interests, I think that Queen Mary really helps to develop the tools you need to be confidently yourself – you come into contact with so many people and so many ideas and QM really teaches you how to lobby your own perspective. It’s also this last year at QM that’s made me realise I’d love to go on to do an English MA after my undergrad.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

QM is one of the best places to study if you want to meet new people – we have such a diverse student body that there’s always people to make friends with and I feel like you make more every year, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people who have definitely shaped the pastoral side of my experience here and I know I wouldn’t have found that kind of friendship elsewhere.

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

I’ve been working in food retail since I was 16 and with the pandemic I get to tell everyone I’m a key worker but outside of that I’ve got a little book club with some friends (classic English student behaviour, I know) and I’m working on some submissions for a couple of indie lit mags – the absolute dream is to publish a novel! I also love cooking and baking so I’m always trying out new recipes in my spare time – I went veggie for March too and the food can be so much fun!

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

I think what would really help would be finding a way to engage all students in the QM community, every year you hear some students feel left out, like commuters or part timers, and some are totally disillusioned with the SU, especially after a year of intermittent lockdowns so I think rebuilding that relationship would be huge

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Student of the week: Emma Howes – Film Studies and Drama

That’s tough, but if I was to choose three words they would be curious, creative and collaborative.

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

I have really enjoyed my time at Queen Mary so far. The teaching style is very different from the one that I experienced in high school, I didn’t take Drama GCSEs or A-Levels and instead experienced conservatoire-style training, focusing on acting, rather than the wider process. I have really enjoyed learning about the more theoretical aspects of drama, as a practice and as a ‘theory’. My favourite module so far was London, Culture, Performance. Understanding the impact of performances, theatres and wider impact that they have was incredibly interesting and insightful and left me with a lot to consider.

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

The course has changed my perspective of what performance can be and the impact it has in a wider contexts. The QM drama modules are, by nature, very abstract and require you to have an open mind and whilst pushing me to creative limits, have made me reconsider the defining aspects of performance. After Queen Mary, I am hoping to go into the casting field, and I particularly want to focus on diversifying representation within the entertainment industry, both on stage and on screen. Both the drama and film departments have provided me opportunities to consider the importance of casting and representation, the pitfalls that the industry has, and ways in which these pitfalls can be properly rectified. These considerations have been furthered by the diverse student body at QM, I have been able to listen to others’ perspectives and truly understand how and where different people, cultures, communities want, and don’t want, to be perceived.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

In my first year at QM I joined the cheerleading team, and it really helped to shape my friendship groups and my university life outside of my studies. Having never attempted the sport before, I took the opportunity to try something new, thinking, if nothing else, it could be a bit of fun to try. I ended up falling in love with it! Being part of a team and working towards a goal helped bring an aspect of community and stability to the mania of first year, meanwhile, allowing me to further challenge myself physically and mentally. This year I am captain of the All-Girl team, and am improving my leadership skills, and well as my ability to creatively problem solve everything that lockdown has thrown our way!

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

Before coming to QM I spent two summers working at an underprivileged summer camp in New York. The impact this had on me was profound, and it was incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of young people who have experienced deep hardships in their lives and to then see their resilience and optimism for their futures. Alongside having career ambitions, I hope to one day give back and provide opportunities for young people to nurture and fulfil their talents. It feels premature to say this, as I feel as though I still have my whole life ahead of me, but ultimately, they are the future, and they deserve to, alongside being safe and happy, follow their dreams.

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

I think a stronger aspect of community could be built at QM, with more opportunities to organically collaborate on a wider range of things. I think the drama department has done a great job of this, and the collaborative nature of the practical side of the course has definitely helped to foster this atmosphere. But I have felt, particularly as a joint honours student and with everything being online this year, other departments have not put the same emphasis on such a crucial aspect of university life.

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