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Re-imagining humanities and social sciences at Queen Mary

Over recent months, staff across our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences have been in early discussions about a programme of change that will ensure Queen Mary continues to be a leading force in research, education and creative practice in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

To achieve this, we are focusing on three priority areas:

  • Coherence and consistency in delivery

Simplifying and focusing our activities to protect research capacity and provide excellent student experience and education.  

  • Regroup and regenerate the humanities 

Developing a secure and sustainable future for the disciplines in our School of Languages, Linguistics and Film (SLLF) and School of English and Drama (SED), so that we continue to build on their fantastic heritage of research and educational excellence.

  • Premium postgraduate delivery at scale 

Investing and innovating to meet our student recruitment ambitions and ensure that students have the outstanding experience they expect when they come to study with us.   

Frequently asked questions

Queen Mary, like other universities in the UK, continues to operate in a changing national and international landscape. The ambition to maintain and improve on our success remains at the forefront of all we do.

Throughout our history, Queen Mary and our predecessor institutions have changed with the times, adapting to new circumstances to ensure we could continue to pursue our research and educational missions.

The Faculty has been reviewing its organisational structures and activities to prepare us for any challenges ahead, and to maintain our status as an inventive leader in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The humanities and social sciences are vital to Queen Mary realising its aim to be the most inclusive and diverse research-intensive university in the world by 2030.

The education and research provided by our Faculty play a leading national role in opening the doors of opportunity and supporting career pathways across arts, humanities, social sciences, creative industries, literatures and languages.

If we begin to address the challenges now, we have a greater opportunity to build the future of the Faculty in the way we want it.

We want to keep all the things that you value about your degree. But we also want to improve in ways that gives you a better experience.

We also want to build an environment that will continue to deliver excellent education and research for the students who come after you.     

We have strong heritage and expertise in SLLF and SED and are best in the country in some areas. We have embraced that and have been exploring a future where our work in arts, cultures, creative industries, literatures and languages can be even stronger.

At this stage, we are exploring all possibilities – including imagining a new School that would include the subject areas currently taught by SED and SLLF.

A proposal to bring together the two Schools would need to be approved through a formal process by July 2024.


We are looking at the evolution of the broad subject areas across arts, cultures, creative industries, literatures and languages and a future where some of those areas are stronger together than they are apart.

Should we create a new School from SLLF and SED, there will be no immediate change for our students and no difference to the delivery of your course.

You will continue the same programme of study and graduate with the same degree. The range of modules available next year will be unaffected, and you will continue to receive support from administrative and academic staff based in ArtsOne.

We will be arranging consultation sessions open to students within SED and SLLF and will be in contact again shortly with more details.

We will keep you updated as work progresses.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas throughout this process.

Please send any questions you have that are not addressed here to

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