Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to Queen Mary University of London and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Strategic investment in 25 new academic positions

I am delighted that you are considering applying for a Queen Mary Lectureship/Senior Lectureship and Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Fellow position.

Queen Mary University of London 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 University of London’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 University of London’s local, national and global reputation, such as the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mile End Institute. Academic colleagues are also involved in shaping a new generation of University Research Institutes, including the Digital Environment Research Institute.

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 new home for our School of Business and Management. The 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 University of London. In recognition of this, the University has committed to funding 25 new lectureships/senior 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 University of London. They will be embedded in their Schools and disciplines but will also contribute significantly to the Faculty’s and the wider University’s research environment as IHSS Fellows where they will work to build interdisciplinary networks, conversations and projects.

The strength of the humanities and social sciences at Queen Mary University of London lies in our core disciplines (Business and Management; Economics and Finance; English and Drama; Geography; History; Law and Commercial Law; Languages, Linguistics and Film; Politics and International Relations). However, we acknowledge too the changing landscape of higher education in the UK. These positions 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.

In particular, we wish to attract the very strongest candidates who might enable us to build research capacity in the following broad areas:

  • Environment, sustainability and climate
  • Public humanities and public policy
  • Big data and digital humanities
  • Health and well-being
  • Equalities, inequalities and diversity

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