#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 11 October 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #4 for 2017-18.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 25 October 2017.



Bloody Mary | Tuesday 24 October | 7pm | Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green | Free

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.


The Multiple Meanings of the Mendi | Wednesday 11 October, 12.30-2pm | QMUL – Mile End, Arts One 1.36

A roundtable seminar discussion of the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi and its cultural legacies.

QUORUM Postgraduate Drama Seminar: Jen Harvie – Wednesday 11 October 2017 | 6pm | QMUL – Mile End, Arts One RR2

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’

English PGR Seminar Series: Erin Sullivan | Thursday 12 October | 5.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Lock-keeper’s Cottage

Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham) will present: ‘The audience is present: aliveness, social media, and the theatre broadcast experience’.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

EXPLORING CAREERS IN LAW… FOR NON-LAW STUDENTS | Thursday 19 October | 6.15 – 7.45pm | LAWS 210

This Panel Discussion and Q&A involves recent QMUL alumni from the Schools of History and English & Drama who are currently working as lawyers.

The discussion will focus on what being a lawyer involves, the different routes to achieving a law career and top tips for how to get the career you want… starting from your time at QM.

Book here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=3697&service=Careers+Service


Opportunities & Volunteering

Market Researcher and Data Analyst | Roman Road Trust | Deadline: Wednesday 25 October

From graduate Rosie Vincent:

“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!”


Paid research collaboration opportunity for second year Single and Joint Honours Drama students | Deadline: Thursday 12 September 2017

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.

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.


We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or submitting any personal information.

People’s Palace Projects – October Events

Efêmera play – Southwark Playhouse

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.

Based on interviews conducted by researchers from the Department of Geography at King’s College London (and previously at Queen Mary University of London), this is a verbatim piece with a twist. It will be performed in London as part of the 10th anniversary of CASA Festival at the Southwark Playhouse and in Rio de Janeiro.

The research is directed by Professor Cathy McIlwaine and co-directed by Professor Paul Heritage in partnership with People’s Palace Projects and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the Newton Fund. You can read further about the research here.

Efêmera will be presented as a scratch performance as part of CASA Festival 2017.

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

15 Richard Street

Commercial Road


E1 2JP


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-feedback-performance-at-mulberry-and-bigland-green-centre-tickets-37121864496


24th October, 7pm – Studio 3 Arts Boundary Road



IG11 7JR


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-feedback-performance-at-studio-3-arts-tickets-38140374888?aff=erelpanelorg


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.


#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 4 October 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #3 for 2017-18.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 11 October 2017.



Wasafiri New Writing Prize Event | 19 October | 6.30-8.30pm | Free

Join Wasafiri for an evening of readings by leading authors and the announcement of the winners of their coveted New Writing Prize.

This free event will take place in the historic People’s Palace in the campus of Queen Mary University of London, a short walk from Mile End station.

Leone Ross, Hannah Lowe and our very own Professor of Creative Writing Patrick Flanery will be reading from their latest works, while Boyd Tonkin will announce the winners.



English PGR Seminar Series: Stella Bolaki | Thursday 5 October | 5.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Lock-keeper’s Cottage

Stella Bolaki (University of Kent) will present a seminar entitled:’“Intimate Authority”: Artists’ Books on Illness, Wellbeing and Medicine’.

QUORUM Postgraduate Drama Seminar: Jen Harvie | Wednesday 11 October 2017 | 6pm | QMUL – Mile End, RR2

QMUL’s Jen Harvie will present a session entitled  ‘Boom! Adversarial Ageism, Chrononormativity, and the Anthropocene in Split Britches’ ‘Ruff’ and Caryl Churchill’s ‘Escaped Alone’’.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

Box Office Manager, LIFT | Freelance Fee Contract | Deadline 13 October at 10am

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.

For further details and to apply: http://bit.ly/LIFTjobs


Opportunities & Volunteering

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Calls for Papers

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#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 27 September 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #2 for 2017-18.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 4 October 2017.



Literary Walks on Migrant Writers with Nadia Valman | 12, 29 October and 4 and 18 November | Free

Discover more about London’s literary culture and how it has been shaped by generations of migrant writers.

  • Rediscovering Rosemary Lane: Irish Migrants in Victorian London
  • Fragments of Jewish Whitechapel
  • Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury
  • Left luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station



QM Shakespeare Society | Thursday 28 September | 7.15-9.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Blomeley Room 2, Student Union

‘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.’

English Postgraduate Research Seminar: Claire Preston | Thursday 28 September | 5.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Lock-keeper’s Cottage

Title of paper: ‘Galleries, gardens, collections, closets: the rhetoric of observation in the seventeenth century’

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

QMUL Jobs Market | Thursday 28 September | 5-9pm | QMUL – Mile End, People’s Palace Foyer

The focus of this first of three Jobs Markets will be part-time vacancies, so this is a great opportunity for students who are looking for local work to support their studies.


Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week.


Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

Meet our new teaching staff: Mojisola Adebayo, Zara Dinnen, Patrick Flanery, Ella Finer, Charlotta Salmi and David Schalwyk

We are delighted to welcome our new teaching staff starting this semester!

We asked them for a quick introduction to their work and expertise, feast on the results below…

Mojisola Adebayo – Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance

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


Patrick Flanery – Professor of Creative Writing

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.


Charlotta Salmi – Lecturer in English

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.



#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 20 September 2017

This is the first events and opportunities digest for new 2017-18 year.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 27 September 2017.



CUB Magazine’s Party in the Park | Saturday 23 September | 3-5pm | Mile End Park

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)


Preach the Peach | Tuesday 26 September | 6.30-8pm | QMUL – Mile End: David Sizer Lecture Theatre

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 peachmagazineqmul@gmail.com.

The universe is here for you to disturb.”

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

Paid Widening Participation Student Ambassadors needed! | Deadline 25 September

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.


Opportunities & Volunteering

Welcome Fair | 10am-4pm | Wednesday 20-Thursday 21 September | SU Hub and around campus

Don’t miss your chance to meet our amazing array of societies, on campus activities and helpful services at Queen Mary.

Almeida Theatre Young Critics Programme | Deadline 2 October

Thanks to Pen Woods for sharing this nice opportunity for aspiring critics aged 15-25.


New Creatives Programme at Richmix | Deadline 29 September

‘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. ‘

Calls for Papers

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12 Extraordinary Things You Can Do at Queen Mary

Life at Queen Mary is so much more than study. Here’s a dozen amazing ways you can take part in something different whilst studying with us.

1. Perform at the Edinburgh Fringe with QMTC

Our most popular society is Queen Mary Theatre Company, which organises some incredible on campus theatrical festivals, events and workshops as well as going to the Edinburgh Festival.

2. Start a business

Queen Mary’s careers service has a handy Enterprise division which can help you start your own business with funding, mentoring and workshops.

3. Become a cheerleader or even an ultimate frisbee champion

As well as more traditional sports such as football and rugby Queen Mary has teams in almost every sport imaginable from ball room dancing to skiing.

See the full range of sports at QMUL here

4. Join a society

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

See all societies

5. Chill in a chapel

St Benet’s is a lovely chapel and lounge space to chill out whatever your beliefs.

6. Get free advice and counselling

Don’t let it get you down, ask for help at our Advice and Counselling service.

7. Buddy scheme

Uni can be daunting and a buddy could be just what you need to help you settle in. QMSU organises this brilliant scheme, sign up to get a buddy here.

8. Hone your writing skills

Free one-to-one appointments are available with professional writers as well as lots of other writing support from our Learning Development department.

9. Read a book canalside

Sit outside or if it’s cold head to our Canalside study space.

10. Volunteer to help a local charity

Volunteering is a great way to help the community, improve your CV and make friends.

11. Get a part-time job with the SU or a local business

Find out about jobs in the SU here and our careers service has a handy listing of part time work here.

12. Become a journo with our Student Media outlets

Our students love working on student media outlets such as The Print, CUB Magazine and Peach (creative writing).


Things I wish I’d known when I started at Queen Mary

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 is a gem.

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.

Welcome to New Students 2017

Welcome to the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.


Welcome Week

View a schedule of Welcome Week events here

If you’re starting a joint degree, check the website of your other School for information about their Welcome Week events:


Summer Preparation

For suggestions about some reading you can do before you join us (and if you need to buy any books) please click your subject area below:

Some modules will also have free module packs that you can collect when you start.


Term Dates and Provisional Timetable

Welcome Week runs from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September 2017.
Teaching begins on the week commencing Monday 25 September 2017.

Semester 1

  • 18 September – 15 December 2017
  • Teaching starts 25 September 2017

Semester 2

  • 8 January – 29 March 2018
  • Bank holidays: 30 March and 2 April 2018

Semester 3 – revision week

  • 23 April – 27 April 2018

Semester 3 – examination period

  • 30 April – 8 June 2018
  • Bank holidays: 7 and 28 May 2018


What and When is Reading Week?

There’s a Reading Week in Semester 1 and Semester 2. It’s a chance for you to catch up on your reading and assignments. In 2017-2018, Reading Weeks are as follows:

Semester 1: 6 November – 10 November 2017
Semester 2: 19 February – 23 February 2018


Teaching Timetable

You’ll be able to get your timetable online once you’ve enrolled.

Module Choices

If you’re starting one of the following degrees you can choose an optional module in your first year. To select which one you want to take, complete this form by Monday 11 September.

  • QV31 English and History
  • QQ13 English Literature and Linguistics
  • QW36 English and Film Studies
  • English and a language (French, German, Hispanic Studies, Russian)

If you’re starting one of the following degrees, all your first year English or Drama modules are compulsory:

  • Q300 English
  • QW11 English with Creative Writing
  • QW34 English and Drama

If you’re starting any of the following, all your Drama modules are compulsory:

  • W400 Drama
  • WW46 Film Studies and Drama
  • Drama and a language (French, German, Hispanic Studies, Russian)

Make sure you visit the website of your other Department or School: School of History, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film about optional modules in your other subject and how to select them.


Can we help?

If you have any questions about starting your degree in the School of English and Drama, please do get in touch:

Visit us: School of English and Drama Main Office, 3rd floor, ArtsOne Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London E4 (map link)
Email the team: sed-information@qmul.ac.uk
Tweet: @QMULsed

New Videos: English and Drama at Queen Mary

We’re excited to premiere these new videos about life studying Drama and English with us at Queen Mary.

We’re very proud of all of our graduates and would like to thank all of those who took part in the interviews at graduation this year.

Drama at QMUL

English at QMUL


Let us know your thoughts on the videos on Twitter @qmulsed or why not record your own memory for our #SEDstories competition here.

10 Creative Jobs in London to Apply For This Summer

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.

1. Programming Intern, Sadler’s Wells


Deadline: 2 August 11.59pm


2. Casual Theatre & Events Technician, London Borough of Hillingdon


Deadline: 6 August


3. Assistant to the Director, Genesis Cinema


Deadline: 10 August


4. Marketing and Advertising Officer, A Younger Theatre


Deadline: 10 August at 5pm


5. Communications Assistant, Artichoke Trust


Deadline: 14 August at 9am


6. Assistant to the Director, Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe


Deadline: 18 August at 5pm


7. Press and Communcations Manager, Battersea Arts Centre


Deadline: 21 August at 10am


8. Communications Manager, Bow Arts Trust


Deadline 29 August at 9am


9. Marketing & Communications Assistant, The Foundling Museum


Deadline: 29 August at Midday


10. Marketing Assistant – Learning Programme, Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising


Deadline: 4 September at 10am

Queen Mary at Edinburgh Festivals 2017

This year we’re delighted to see so many of our students and friends up at the world’s biggest arts festival.


This year Queen Mary Theatre Company is taking 4 shows up to Edinburgh Fringe for 2017 until 26 August 2017.

  • Dead Men Tell No Tale: Join Captain Dreadfist and his crew as they attempt to awaken the mighty Titan of the Depths from his slumber.
  • Space Dogs The true story of Russian stray dogs, Strelka and Belka, lifts off in this historical comedy-drama chronicling the Space Race during the Cold War.
  • WAGGO The bizarre high-school experience no-one can relate to…WAGGO is an energetic, absurd, coming-of-age comedy.
  • Givin’ It Some ‘Givin’ It Some’ is a fun, fast-paced, dirty, edgy, enlightening insight into the taboos of sex – today.

More info here

Students, Alumni, Staff and Friends

  • Figs in Wigs are back with their show Often Onstage.
  • Elf Lyons is up with her wonderfully weird show Swan.
  • Sh*t Theatre are at the festival celebrating Dolly Parton in their latest piece.
  • Jerry Brotton talks about the links between England and the Islamic world at Edinburgh Book Festival.
  • Wardrobe Ensemble present their new show about education.

Meet our Honorary Graduate and Fellows 2017: Peggy Shaw, Kazi Ruksana Begum, Virginia Simpson and Daljit Nagra

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.

See some of Daljit’s work with QMUL’s English department here


Find out more about the School on our website here

What next after Queen Mary? Jobs & Further Study – How we can help!

Graduating from University can be a very exciting and sometimes scary time.

We’re here to help with some advice about your next steps including jobs and further study.


Your tutors can give references but please remember to ask their permission before putting any details in a job application etc. Their email addresses are in their staff profiles.

QM Careers

Please do take advantage of the services available to you for 2 years after you graduate from Queen Mary.

Mailing Lists to Join

  • Arts Jobs: Arts Council England’s jobs portal. Good for jobs in the creative entries.
  • ArtsAdmin E-digest: Good for Arts Jobs in performance.
  • The Dots: A good source of jobs, opportunities and a place to make an online portfolio.
  • Jobs.ac.uk: Great for jobs in universities and further education.
  • Mediargh: Good place to find internships in media.

How tos

Further study


  • There is an £1,000 discount for QMUL graduates for our English and Drama Masters programmes.
  • If you’re a Home student you can also apply for a UK Government Postgraduate Loan.

Studying while earning

Get a whole lot of work experience whilst learning with graduate schemes, paid internships and part time study.

Clearing and Results Day 2017 FAQ – School of English and Drama

Update: Clearing and adjustment in the School of English and Drama is now closed for 2017 entry.

Congratulations if you’ve already got your grades and are coming to study with us. Welcome information is here.

Don’t worry if you’re not in this situation.

We’re here to help you on our dedicated Clearing and Confirmation hotline on results day and beyond.

Call our Queen Mary Clearing hotline:

0800 376 1800 or +44 (0)20 7882 5511 (international)

The clearing hotline is open at the following times…

Thursday 17 August 7.30am – 7pm
Friday 18 August 8am – 7pm
Saturday 19 August 9am – 2pm
Sunday 20 August Closed
Monday 21 August 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 22 August 9am – 5pm

Complete our enquiry form to get a reply

What does Clearing mean for you?

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:

Please call us as soon as you have your results to ensure the maximum chance of getting a place.



How do I apply through Clearing?

Please call the main Queen Mary Clearing hotline on to discuss your options with us: 0800 376 1800 or +44 (0)20 7882 5511.


Where will I live?

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.

Find out more about accommodation here


Can I come and visit you?

There are Clearing Visit Days on:

  • Wednesday 16 August: 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 17 August (Results Day): 9am – 6pm
  • Friday 18 August: 10am – 1pm

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

Independent advice is available from Which! University Guide or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise.