Welcome to Queen Mary University of London and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
I am delighted that you are considering applying for a Queen Mary Lectureship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Queen Mary is one of the UK’s leading global universities, highly rated for its teaching and learning, research and innovation, and wide-ranging public engagement. We are a Russell Group University, situated in the heart of the East End of London, with a history dating back to 1785 and with staff and students from over 160 countries. We have a strong reputation for disciplinary and multi-disciplinary excellence, attracting world-leading staff, high-quality students and generating extensive relationships with local, national and international leading organisations.
The Humanities and Social Sciences have been key to establishing Queen Mary’s global reputation. Law, Drama, English and History regularly appear in subject rankings of the top 50 universities in the world. Geography, Linguistics, and Drama have each been ranked first in previous research excellence exercises. Our Centres and Institutes drive Queen Mary’s local, national and global reputation, such as the Centre for the Studies of the Home, the Mile End Institute and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
We have invested heavily in the future of our disciplines. The Schools of History and of Economics and Finance are now located in prestigious, state-of-the-art buildings and we continue to improve our estate, including our new Graduate Centre and a planned £60million home for our School of Business and Management. The launch of a new Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) brings together our excellent researchers across the Faculty to work collaboratively on some of the pressing intellectual and social issues of our times.
We know that it is people who are the real reason why the humanities and social sciences thrive at Queen Mary. In recognition of this, the University has committed to funding 20 new lectureships across the humanities and social sciences. These strategic appointments are permanent positions, but with protected research time across the first three years. The appointments will be seen as a distinct cohort who will bring additional expertise and talent to Queen Mary. They will be embedded in their Schools and disciplines but will contribute significantly to the Faculty’s research environment by becoming fellows of the IHSS where they will work to build interdisciplinary networks, conversations and projects.
The strength of the humanities and social sciences at Queen Mary lies in our core disciplines. However, we acknowledge too the changing landscape of higher education in the UK. These lectureships will therefore enable new colleagues to strengthen and provide additional capacity to our existing disciplines, while giving them the time to respond to new interdisciplinary funding opportunities that are increasingly available.
We seek to recruit the most exciting and talented minds in our disciplines. The future success of the humanities and social sciences rests on being able to invest in new fields and new staff and to nurture their talents once with us. As a university proud of its record on diversity and inclusion, we are committed to issues relating to social justice. These new staff will be key to ensuring our work remains relevant to society around us.
Thank you for your interest and I wish you well in your application.
Professor Matthew Hilton
Vice-Principal and Executive Dean
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences