HSS Strategy

HSS Strategy

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.

This HSS Strategy 2015-19 builds on these achievements, while also recognizing the many new challenges and opportunities the Faculty will experience over the coming years. The HSS Strategy draws on the wide-ranging consultation with staff, students, and external partners that took place during the development of the QMUL Strategy 2014: The Next Five Years in 2013, and has also been closely informed by consultations with staff and students within HSS.

The humanities, and the social and environmental sciences make an essential contribution to a striking range of contemporary research questions and problems, and most of the pressing social, cultural, and economic questions of our time require cross-disciplinary understanding and expertise.

Emerging fields such as Life Sciences or Cognitive Sciences in particular require methodologies and insights from HSS disciplines to enable the most complex and significant questions and problems to be addressed. Every dimension of our lives can be illuminated, contextualized and better understood with the insights of humanities and of the social and environmental sciences.

Humanities, social sciences and environmental disciplines offer exciting and diverse educational opportunities that enable graduates to contribute in many ways to their communities and societies. Nationally, recruitment to disciplines within the arts, humanities and social and environmental sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels has for many years exceeded recruitment into all other disciplines combined. At QMUL also HSS disciplines are in greatest demand.

Students clearly have a strong appetite to study HSS disciplines and recognize the value of such an education to them.  But, the funding model for undergraduate and postgraduate education has changed in recent years in ways that are likely to make students even more concerned that their degree studies prepare them well for their future careers. The new QMUL Language Strategy as well as the Student Experience, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy (SETLA), the Research Strategy and the International Strategy provide frameworks with which the Faculty will work closely to ensure that the opportunities we are able to offer our students are as rich as they can be.

The distinctiveness, the values, and the impact of the humanities and the social and environmental sciences at QMUL are important to staff and to students. The Faculty is strongly committed to equality and diversity, and within the period of this Strategy will work to ensure that all Schools take the steps necessary to achieve national accreditation for their promotion of equality.

The Faculty recognizes the contributions of all staff to its success and will actively promote their career development. It also remains committed to working in partnership with students and their representatives to ensure that undergraduate and postgraduate education in all Schools is excellent and that students are supported to achieve success.

The Faculty is committed to collegial values and ways of working, and recognizes that sustaining this will require careful management of the workload of all staff over the coming years. Finally, the Faculty believes that freedom of speech is a core value, and will work actively to promote this in all its activities.

Professor Morag Shiach,
Vice-Principal and Executive Dean

Leadership of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Vice-Principal and Executive Dean
  • Dean for Research and Deputy-Dean
  • Dean for Taught Programmes and Deputy-Deans
  • Faculty Operating Officer
  • Faculty Administrative Officer

Academic units within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The School of Business and Management
  • The School of Economics and Finance
  • The School of English and Drama
  • The School of Geography
  • The School of History
  • The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
  • The School of Law (including the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies)
  • The School of Politics and International Relations
  • Global Shakespeare (with the University of Warwick)