Are you interested in the performance of comedy? How does gender matter? This night will combine QMUL researchers and performance with professional comics including Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and QMUL MA graduate Elf Lyons. It’s fun and free – get your ticket from the Backyard Bar website.
Quorum welcomes Professor Jen Harvie (Queen Mary University of London) for the first research seminar of the academic year 2017-18. All Quorum events are free and open to everyone. Drinks and snacks provided.
Boom! Adversarial Ageism, Chrononormativity, and the Anthropocene in Split Britches’ ‘Ruff’ and Caryl Churchill’s ‘Escaped Alone’
“We’ve got a number of positions in Market Research that have come up at Roman Road Trust. It would involve visiting local businesses in pairs to conduct survey work and gather footfall info. We’re looking to take on a few people. The roles will be part time and paid in gift vouchers of their choice – just in time for the festive purchases!”
Drama has been asked to participate in the development of a new interdisciplinary research-based module based on the collection at Barts Pathology Museum and to identify three second year Drama students (single or joint honours students) who will participate in this paid research project. The aim of this pilot is to develop a module that could be offered as part of the QM Model initiative.
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In Brazil and the UK violence against women and girls is on the rise; recent research suggests that the majority of Brazilian migrant women have experienced gender-based violence. Efêmera introduces us to two women with a story to tell. They may have the courage to share it with you, they may not. A powerful and delicate piece about how to hold on when life falls apart.
Tickets can be bought at Southwark Playhouse website.
Cast & creative team: Gaël Le Cornec, Angie Peña Arenas and Rosie MacPherson
Efemera (as part of Casa Festival 2017)
9.30pm on Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th October 20175pm on Saturday 7th October 2017.
Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
Note: There will be a discussion panel hosted by Cathy Mcllwaine after the 5pm showing on the 7th.
No Feedback free public performances
No Feedback is a theatrical event highlighting the gentle pull of discrimination that tears at the fabric of everyday life. Offering an insight into human nature, it is set against the backdrop of catastrophes both historic and contemporary. By taking Genocide Watch’s ground-breaking research as the backbone of the production, No Feedback intelligently and sensitively asks audiences to consider their own place on the spectrum of how we relate to one another.
Come and play your part in this new kind of theatre experience at two public performances happening in October. Booking is essential.
This project is produced in partnership between People’s Palace Projects and No Feedback Theatre Company.
17th October , 7.30pm – Mulberry and Bigland Green Centre
Discussion Exploring Cultural Value in the Creative Economy
Peoples Palace Projects will be hosting a research discussion exploring cultural value and the creative economy as part of the AHRC-funded Relative Values project. It will be an opportunity to meet Prof. Leandro Valiati, one of Brazil’s leading cultural economists, who takes up a post as Visiting Professor in the Economy of Culture at QMUL from beginning of December.
Monday, October 30th, 10.00, at Queen Mary University Mile End Campus, Bancroft Building, room 3.40.
Please reserve your place here.
The conversation will focus on Relative Values, an AHRC-funded research project led by Prof. Paul Heritage in partnership with Prof. Valiati. Bringing together academic and non-academic partners, the research asks how we can measure and strengthen practices and policies that maximise the social and economic value of the arts to individuals and society, particularly in peripheral urban environments. The project aims to contribute to understandings about cultural value and to enable the four participating UK and Brazilian arts organisations to collaborate on testing effective ways to show how the arts can be incubators for creative economy initiatives that develop resilient, low-stress communities.
About Professor Valiati
Leandro Valiati has been responsible for setting up research Observatories of the Creative Economy across five different regions in Brazil, developing a series of indicators on a range of economic development and social welfare criteria. His experience includes teaching, consultancy and research in Economy of Culture in national and international institutions, including Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, Brazil’s Economics and Statistics Foundation, the Organisation of Ibero-American States (OEI) and the University of Valencia in Spain. Leandro is the leading researcher of the Creative and Cultural Economy Study Centre at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and member of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). He is collaborating with Paul Heritage at People’s Palace Projects on two current research projects.
From 1 December 2017, Leandro will take up an Honorary Visiting Professorship at Queen Mary University of London for 2 years, in addition to honorary posts at the Sorbonne and other European institutions.
LIFT has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Box Office Manager to join the LIFT team to oversee all ticketing operations for the next instalment of our biennial festival, taking place across London throughout June 2018. This is a freelance position, working with the team from autumn 2017 – July 2018 (weekly days and hours vary depending on time of year, further details below).
The successful candidate will be a highly organised, bright and driven individual with at least 2 years experience of using Spektrix ticketing system. You will join a small, lively and creative team and report to the Head of Marketing & Digital and the Head of Finance & Operations.
‘QM Shakespeare Society has some exciting plans for the upcoming year which we would love for you to get involved with! This includes both performance and academic opportunities, so whether you’re keen to dig into some text, take part in a show or join us for a theatre trip, come along to our Meet and Greet to find out more. We’ll also be giving the details for our upcoming Shakespeare production with information on how you can get involved.’
I’m a London born performer, playwright, director, producer, facilitator and teacher. I specialise in Theatre of the Oppressed and hold an MA in Physical Theatre. I have worked internationally in theatre, television and radio for over twenty-five years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. My work has ranged from being an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company to co-founding VIDYA, a slum-dweller’s theatre company in Ahmedabad, India.
My theatre productions include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith), Muhammad Ali and Me (Ovalhouse) and I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town). Publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon), 48 Minutes for Palestine in Theatre in Pieces (Methuen) and the co-written Theatre for Development Handbook (Pan). My (QMUL) PhD thesis is entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance.
I am currently compiling Plays Two and working on her next production, STARS, a play, installation and club night with community based intergenerational workshops with women and girls that explores sex and space travel, orgasm and outer space, the pleasure and power of female sexuality. I am looking forward to working creatively and critically with QMUL to reflect and include the multiple identities of London, in every way. See www.mojisolaadebayo.com for more.
Zara Dinnen – Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
I’m joining QMUL having spent four years lecturing at University of Birmingham. Whilst I was there I was working with great colleagues to develop our teaching and research into contemporary literature and culture, and I’m excited to do more of that work here at QMUL with new great colleagues. My own research is about digital media. I am interested in how literature and popular culture tell stories of everyday life lived with new technologies, and how those stories shape the ways we live our digital lives. I write about literature, film, TV, comics, and teach with these different media too. At QMUL I am looking forward to term starting, to new teaching and new spaces and new people.
I am currently watching: all of Netflix.
I am currently reading: Paper Girls vol.3 and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
In the past five years, I have published three novels, the most recent of which, I Am No One, appeared in 2016. I grew up in the U.S., in California and Nebraska and New York, but have lived in the U.K. for the past sixteen years, having come to do a masters and doctorate in English at Oxford. My first degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production, was from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Before joining Queen Mary, I spent three years as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading and several years before that I was a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, where I taught Contemporary and Modern Literature and Literary Theory.
At QM, I look forward to building the SED’s Creative Writing pathway into a rich and varied programme that will give students wide latitude to experiment with different kinds of writing over the course of their degree. The guiding principle for the pathway will be to foster a space in which experimentation is valued, and engagement with the world around us—in Mile End, in the East End, in London, in Britain, in Europe more broadly—is celebrated.
Ella Finer – Lecturer in Drama, Theatre, and Performance
I’m looking forward to being a part of this extraordinary department and school for the next year: collaborating on, discussing and sharing research, as well as teaching on modules I wish I had taken as an undergraduate. I was an undergraduate myself in Glasgow, where I also did an MPhil researching the gendering of photographic space, resulting in turning a theatre into a camera obscura, a camera and a dark room in succession. I moved back to London to study at Roehampton for a PhD researching materialities of the female voice in performance.
I make work with sound and have installed/performed this work in galleries (including Bloomberg Space, Raven Row, Focal Point, Ikon, Baltic 39) and as part of symposia of my own and others making. My interest in archival practices and “caring for the continuous” has resulted in an event curated for the upcoming British Library’s Season of Sound. Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives will take place on December 8th with speakers including David Toop, Larry Archiampong, Holly Pester and Nina Power. I look forward to meeting more of you in classrooms and corridors and all best wishes for the new year.
I’m the new lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literature. I’ve just finished a 3 year British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, working on violence, advocacy and protest in graphic narratives from around the globe.
In addition to my work on comics, I am finishing a book on borders and conflict in literature from partition areas.
Before starting my postdoc I held a temporary lectureship at QM and I’m delighted to be back in the department!
David Schalwyk – Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Global Shakespeare at QMUL
I am Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Global Shakespeare at QMUL. I was formerly Academic Director of Global Shakespeare at QMUL and the University of Warwick. Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly, and before that Professor of English and Deputy Dean at the university of Cape Town. I have published some 150 essays and chapters in books, and my monographs include Speech and Performance in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays (Cambridge, 2002), Literature and the Touch of the Real (Delaware, 2004), Shakespeare, Love and Service (Cambridge, 2008), Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare (Arden Shakespeare, 2013), The Word Against the World: The Bakhtin Circle (Skene, 2016). My latest monograph, Shakespeare, Love and Language is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017. My translation of Karel Schoeman’s Afrikaans novel, ‘n Ander Land (Another Country) will be published in a new edition in 2018.
I am interested in Shakespeare’s afterlives across the world, love and service in Shakespeare, and literary theory and philosophy, especially the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.L. Austin, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Stanley Cavell and the theory and history of emotion. I also have an interest in South African prison writing.
Since I have been at Queen Mary for three years already, having moved into SED this year from Global Shakespeare, I’m looking forward to working in the strong academic and research community that constitutes SED and working with a range of students.
CUB Magazine is QMUL’s Arts and Culture magazine – we post weekly online at cubmagazine.co.uk and distribute over 2,500 print editions around campus annually. CUB’s Party in the Park is a great way to meet our editors and find out how you can get involved with the magazine! Find out how to contribute to any of their sections from Arts, London, UniSex, Music, Film, Personal Platform, Style and much more…Find us in Mile End Park by the canal (the opposite side of the canal to France House/Canal Side)
PEACH, Queen Mary’s creative writing magazine is hosting its first event of the academic year. It will be a night of tremendous readings from QM writers and poets, along with displays of fantastic art from some of the university’s best artists.
“We want this to be a celebration of your voices, and therefore if you want to get your work heard and seen by the creative community at QM, be it a short story, poem, sketch or portrait, let us know by emailing your name and the title of your piece/pieces to email@example.com.
An ideal role for students who are considering becoming teachers or working with young people in the future. This scheme is flexible; projects are offered to ambassadors as and when they are available.
‘A year-long programme, introducing 16s – 25s from Tower Hamlets to the arts and creative industries
During the year you will meet and learn from members of the Rich Mix team as well as experts from Rich Mix’s artistic partners.
Our six month taster programme runs from October 2017 – February 2018, during which you will learn the ins and outs of how an arts venue works, how to programme events and curate an artistic programme, how to produce events, how to promote events and use social media and the internet to get the word out there, how to reach new audiences and to connect with schools and community organisations, and how to make it all work financially!
Then, from February until September 2018, there will be an opportunity for 5 participants to gain a Silver Arts Award and be offered a placement at Rich Mix. The placement will include receiving hands on experience in supporting programming, production and promotion of our annual TAKEOVER – an arts festival for 16s – 25s, as well as an opportunity to shadow our staff and to contribute to creative work that we do
At the end of the year, you’ll be inspired, envisioned and empowered to begin your career in the arts.
We are seeking young people from Tower Hamlets aged 16-25 to apply to become Rich Mix New Creatives. ‘
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From beard appreciation to Pokemon there’s people who love what you love in one of Queen Mary’s societies. Here’s some our students like:
English Society | Commuters’ | Shakespeare | Playwrights Society | Musical Theatre | Comedy Society | QMEquality | Mental Health Awareness Society | Book society | Beard appreciation society | Punjabi | Bangladesh | Eastern Europe | Third Culture Kid Society | Disco Society | LGBT+ Society | Fashion Society | Harry Potter Society
People are always willing and happy to help; you just have to ask.
Starting uni can be nerve-racking and no doubt you’ll have questions- don’t be afraid to ask them! Whether it’s something small like asking for directions or even asking a tutor or classmate for help with an assignment, everyone is super friendly and wants to help. Instead of walking around campus for 15 minutes and ending up late for a lecture, just ask someone to point you in the correct direction and voila!
I never realised how often I was hungry, until I noticed how much I was spending on food.
Yes, it’s enjoyable to eat out, but no, it’s not feasible to do so every day. I found myself constantly popping back and forth between the library and Sainsbury’s, across the road, for snacks. But I realised if I just woke up a little earlier every day, I could pack myself a good enough lunch which would mean I wouldn’t have to buy food during the day, saving myself a good £6-7 a day; it really does add up.
Tutors have office hours, but if you can’t make them it doesn’t mean you can’t see them.
When I started uni, sometimes I’d want to see a lecturer or my advisor about something but I would find I was busy during their 1-2 office hours of the week. Instead of emailing them about it I would wait weeks until I happened to be free during that narrow time slot. But eventually I realised, if I just popped them an email letting them know I couldn’t make it, they were more than happy to rearrange a meeting at a time convenient for us both. Everyone here is super accommodating and is here to make your time at university the best it can be.
The Careers Service can help you in finding a job or any kind of work experience, whether it be a part-time retail job or an internship at a big firm. What’s also great about them is that you can book appointments with relatively short notice where they’ll review your CV for you, pointing out where it can be improved, so it stands out amongst the many other applications employers receive. They also offer interview practice; in combination, all these aspects add up to an increased likelihood of securing competitive jobs.
Here’s some great jobs you can apply for in August!
Don’t forget if you’re a recent graduate or current student you can book an appointment with our careers team to talk through what’s out there, check your CV or application form or even have a mock interview.
At graduation we honour the work of people in our field with Honorary Degrees and Fellowships.
This year there were a record four people given these honours:
Kazi Ruksana Begum – Fellowship
Kazi Ruksana Begum is the producer of A Season of Bangla Drama, a dazzling festival of Bengali culture. Working with QMUL she has helped the university connect with the local Bengali community and form partnerships with students, researchers, policymakers and artists.
Peggy Shaw – The award of Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
New York born Peggy Shaw (Actor, writer and producer) is one of the most important feminist and lesbian perfomance makers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She and Lois Weaver (QMUL) have made work together since the 1970s including the WOW (Women One World) festival and with their theatre company Split Britces.
Virginia Simpson – Fellowship
Virginia (Gini) Simpson is an arts strategist who hot houses new artists through initiatives such as ‘The Sick of the Fringe’. She was Head of Learning and Participation at the Barbican, Head of Media Arts at SPACE in Hackney and has been a pioneer in bringing new-media arts to the forefront of the creative industries.
Daljit Nagra – Fellowship
Daljit is one of contemporary Britain’s most successful, well-known, and critically acclaimed poets. His fourth collection British Library, was published by Faber and Faber in 2017.
For some of you it’ll be when you first discover Queen Mary or it might offer you a chance to change your mind about what you want to do or present an opportunity to talk to us about your interest in our programmes.
When is the Clearing period?
The main clearing period starts on A Level results day, Thursday 17 August 2017 and ends on the first day of term (Monday 18 September).
However, you can always get in touch with us before clearing starts (or anytime afterwards) to register an interest in one of our degrees.
Which courses have availability within the School of English and Drama?
There are a limited number of places available on the following programmes:
Before making enquiries into accommodation while you study with us it’s best to make sure you have an offer and accept it. This will allow us to access the resources available within our accommodation team more easily. We can then help you either find accommodation on campus or private accommodation nearby.
Queen Mary Student Accommodation
There are limited number of rooms available on site, which are allocated to Clearing applicants via a ballot.
Private Rented Accommodation
There are a large number of privately rented rooms and shared accommodation options available in the surrounding area.
These days start at Queens’ Building Reception at our Mile End campus. (map). If you’d like to visit the School or meet a member of our teaching team please complete this form and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
How do I apply for student finance?
Please see our handy student finance guide here for more information about student finance.
How do I get more advice?
See the full Queen Mary University of London Clearing Guide here