Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences)
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has played a key role in the success of Queen Mary University of London over the past ten years. HSS has combined research excellence with a strong commitment to growth, innovation and diversity in its educational activities. Public engagement, partnerships, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the generation of research with broad and compelling public benefits have all been central to the Faculty’s work.
Our academic schools work together effectively, generating excellent research, teaching and learning opportunities across the humanities and social sciences. Altogether there are over 7,300 students and 660 staff across the Faculty, with many inter-departmental links.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is marked by some outstanding successes – independently confirmed by impressive rankings. In the Guardian University Guide 2015, five disciplines in the Faculty were judged to be in the UK top ten. We offer degrees in a wide range of disciplines – from commercial law and politics, to film studies and literature.
Teaching and Learning
In the 2014 National Student Survey, more than 75 per cent of schools had ratings over 90 per cent for overall student satisfaction. These impressive results confirm the high quality of our teaching. We have invested a great deal in teaching and learning facilities over the last five years – from improving the functionality and content of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to responding to the changing needs of students by creating dedicated areas ideal for group study. These initiatives are designed with one aim in mind: to support students in achieving their potential.
For more information, see Our teaching page.
In the United Kingdom's last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment of the quality of research (2014) the Faculty did exceptionally well, and contributed strongly to Queen Mary University of London's overall achievement, placing it in the top ten for research quality amongst multi-submission and multi-faculty universities in the UK. In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Drama and Linguistics are each ranked first in the UK, while English is ranked fifth. A number of other research areas also were assessed as having very high quality research publications and impact. More information about the Faculty performance in REF2014 can be found below:
We also have an impressive track record for attracting funding. Our research grant funding is around £7 million annually, and more than £1million is invested in scholarships for research students. Together with Kings College London and Imperial College, we are an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The DTC will be able to fund over 50 students per year from 2017-18. We are also an associate member of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership.
We are expanding inter-disciplinary research activity through a Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) which aspires to be an ideas generating hub for research across the Faculty.
For more information, see our Postgraduate and Research sections.
Humanities and Social Sciences Strategic Plan
Our schools and departments:
- School of Business and Management
- School of Economics and Finance
- School of English and Drama
- School of Geography
- Global Shakespeare (in partnership with the University of Warwick)
- School of History
- School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
- School of Law
- School of Politics and International Relations
Vice-Principal and Executive Dean:
Professor Matthew Hilton
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Dr Colleen Cotter, Dean for Taught Programmes email@example.com
Ms Christina Perry, Deputy Dean for TP (Learning Resources and Engagement & Retention) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Roberto Veneziani, Deputy Dean for TP (International and Student Recruitment) email@example.com
Professor Adrian Smith, Dean for Research (September to December 2016) firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Acting Dean for Research (January 2017 to December 2017 email@example.com
Dr David Williams, Deputy Dean for Research (PGR) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Tessa Wright, Deputy Dean for Research (Impact) email@example.com
Dr Marta Timoncini, Faculty Operating Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Cowls, Interim Faculty Operating Officer (Sep 2016 to Aug 2017) email@example.com
June Ryde, Faculty Administrative Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sofia Cusano, Faculty Administrative Manager, email@example.com