The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is marked by some outstanding successes – independently confirmed by impressive rankings. In national university guides for 2011, seven 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.
Our academic schools work together effectively, generating excellent research, teaching and learning opportunities across the humanities and social sciences. Altogether there are 7,000 students and 500 staff across the Faculty, with many inter-departmental links. Prospective students at every stage of their academic career can look forward to a warm welcome.
Teaching and Learning
In the 2010 National Student Survey, more than 50 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 Government's last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) the Faculty did exceptionally well: nine (out of 13) research areas were judged to be in the top 10 nationally on the basis of the percentage of 4* and 3* grades. We also have an impressive track record for attracting funding. Our research grant funding is over £4 million annually, and more than £1million is invested in scholarships for research students. Together with Goldsmiths, we are an accredited ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The DTC will be able to fund ten students per year from 2011-2016.
Humanities and Social Sciences Strategic Plan
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Our schools and departments:
- School of Business and Management
- School of Economics and Finance
- School of English and Drama
- School of Geography
- School of History
- School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
- School of Law
- School of Politics and International Relations
Vice-Principal and Executive Dean
Professor Morag Shiach
E: (PA to the Vice-Principal Stephanie Gardner) email@example.com
Dean for taught programmes
Dr Warren Boutcher
Dean for research
Professor Virginia Davis
Dr Marta Timoncini
Faculty Administrative Officer