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Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

As Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities,I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students in The University of Manchester.  The Faculty of Humanities is one of three Faculties in the University and consists of five Schools. We offer an unprecedented range of innovative programmes at undergraduate and graduate level, embracing disciplines as diverse as business and management, social sciences, law, education, languages, arts and environment and development. 

This rich mix of opportunities makes study at TheUniversity of Manchester an exciting and stimulating experience, where you will benefit from the experience of leading scholars in your field and from being part of a large, diverse and international student community. 

Within the Faculty we are committed to providing astudent experience of the highest standard. During this year we will be asking you how effective we are in meeting your needs and fulfilling your aspirations.  I urge you to participate in this conversation, and use every opportunity to let us know how we can improve the quality of education we provide.

In this Handbook you will find material specific to the programme of study or the discipline area in which your studies will be based.

Keith Brown

Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Humanities

September 2017

What is the Faculty and How is it run?

Universities all over the world traditionally divide their academic activities into faculties which consist of academic units based on a particular discipline, or on a grouping of disciplines employing similar methodologies. This is the approach that is followed at the University of Manchester, and these sub-faculty disciplinary units are known as Schools. The Faculty plays an important role within the University, since it is the Faculty which is responsible, on behalf of Senate, for the regulation of the degree programmes offered, and it is through the Faculty that academic qualifications are awarded.  The designation ‘Humanities’ distinguishes this Faculty from the other two Faculties – Science and Engineering; Biology, Medicine and Health.

The Faculty of Humanities encompasses academic areas asdiverse as Arts, Education, Social Sciences and Business & Management andis the largest Faculty in the University. With over 16,000 students and some1200 academic staff, it is the largest Faculty of the Humanities in the UK andis equivalent to a medium-sized university. All the disciplines in the Faculty recruit students globally and theoverwhelming majority of our academics have international reputations for thequality of their research.  The University is committed to the ongoing enhancement of the international profile of the Faculty of Humanities. 

One of the great advantages of being a student at The University of Manchester is that you will have the opportunity to be taught by internationally recognised researchers. The University’s place as one of the UK’s top research universities was confirmed in the results of the 2014 Research excellence Framework (REF) which is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  The University of Manchester was ranked infifth place in terms of research power (calculated by grade point average multiplied by times number of staff submitted, or by 4*/3* multiplied by times number of staff submitted.  The Faculty of Humanities had one of the broadest submissions, with research evaluated in 17 discipline areas and involving 79% of our eligible staff.  78% of our overall research activity was judged to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*), with 33%at 4*.  The Faculty was recognised as excellent in disciplines which span the full range of academic research, including: Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Drama, Business and Management, Modern Languages and Linguistics and Art History (compared to the Art History departments represented in the joint assessment panel).  Twelve of our 20 Units of Assessment were ranked in the top ten nationally, of which seven were ranked in the top five for Grade Point Average or research power. Those ranked in the top five are Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Drama, Business and Management, Modern Languages and Linguistics and Art History (compared to the Art History departments represented in the joint assessment panel).

The Faculty of Humanities has five Schools: Arts, Languagesand Cultures; Environment, Education and Development; Law; Social Sciences; and the Alliance Manchester Business School. The organisational culture of these schools provides opportunities for increased collaboration throughout the Faculty and for regional, national and international engagement.

The Faculty is the interface between the discipline-based Schools and the University and is headed by a Dean who is supported by a team of Associate Deans, all of whom hold a particular portfolio, and these are listed below:

Vice-President & Dean  Professor Keith Brown

Vice President & Dean                               
Professor Keith Brown                                                  
Associate Deans  
Teaching, Learning & Students Dr Fiona Smyth 
Postgraduate Education Professor Maja Zehfuss
Research & Deputy Dean Professor Colette Fagan
Social Responsibility Professor Ken McPhail 
Assistant Associate Deans  
Postgraduate Education Ms Judith Aldridge
Research Professor Nicola Glover-Thomas
Internationalisation Dr Ian Scott
Business Engagement Dr Andrew James