School of English and Drama

About the School

Medieval poetry and 21st century immersive performance. Shakespeare's Globe and contemporary fiction. Theatre and political activism in the morning, and a novel by Virginia Woolf in the afternoon. West End shows, East End galleries, and all London's literary and dramatic heritage on your doorstep.

Welcome to the School of English and Drama

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that our diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. The School of English and Drama combines cutting-edge research and teaching with a distinctive commitment to community and social change.

Long dedicated to the broadest and most inclusive vision of English Studies, our Department of English spans cultures and periods, encompasses literary studies and creative writing, and ranges across platforms from the manuscript to the book, and from the stage to the digital. Grounded in London’s East End, our research and teaching emphasises global perspectives and the relationship between literature and the wider world.

With a commitment to social justice, our Department of Drama draws on the work of  our activist theatre makers including Paul Heritage and Lois Weaver, creating new ways of thinking about the classics and including marginalised and new texts, voice, communities to examine life through performance.

Our passion for seeing the world from different perspectives resonates in all our teaching and research. We practice our ideas not only in the university but in our local community, in working with schools and arts organisations, working in prisons, or in the favelas of Brazil. Committed both to innovation and inclusivity, the School of English and Drama helps to shape national and international debates about the role of the arts and humanities in creating positive social change.

You can find extensive details about the programmes we offer and about the intellectual life of the Departments by visiting the dedicated English and Drama sub-sites.

Or, you can here discover more about the School's activities:

  • Media and Public Appearances records how our staff disseminate their research to a wider public, whether through radio or TV appearances, public lectures, newspaper articles, podcasts, etc. This page includes audio and video material to allow you to see and hear our staff in action.
  • Research Centres and Projects lists the key interdisciplinary research centres and projects that our staff contribute to.
  • Alumni and Fellows lists some of the notable figures associated with the School and the University, including the notable performers, authors, critics, and historians who are alumni of our English and Drama programmes.