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Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

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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 The University 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. 

Being at university is not all about what you will learn in the classroom. Our courses and the wider university give you access to a wide range of activities to stretch and develop your knowledge, thinking and skills. From field trips and study abroad to volunteering, industrial placements and hundreds of societies, there is something for everyone. That is why we are the university most targeted by employers. 

Within the Faculty we are committed to providing a student experience of the highest standard and making sure you have the support you need along the way.

This handbook will give you information to help you make the most of your time with us. I look forward to seeing you all thrive whilst you are here.

Keith Brown

Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Humanities

September 2019



What can the Faculty do for you ?


The Faculty of Humanities encompasses academic areas as diverse as Arts, Education, Law, Social Sciences and Business & Management and is the largest Faculty in the University.  With over 17,000 students and almost 2000 academic staff, it is the largest Faculty of the Humanities in the UK and is equivalent to a medium-sized university. 

The Faculty has five Schools: Arts, Languages and 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.

The work of the Faculty involves co-ordinating and developing activities to respond effectively to Institutional or external initiatives or activities, encouraging best practice across Schools and facilitating the seamless operation of processes across School, Faculty and University boundaries to help make your experience at Manchester the best it can be.

The Faculty is committed to gathering student views on the provision of teaching and learning and centrally operated areas of the University (such as Library; Estates; IT; Careers; eLearning) and as a student you can feed into this process via the Faculty’s Staff Student Liaison Group (SSLG) which meets a minimum of twice a year.  These meetings provide a forum for students, who are elected as Student Representatives within their School/discipline, to:

  • discuss overarching issues of concern with  senior members of staff from different areas of the University in an open manner;
  • engage constructively with senior staff to identify those areas where there is scope for improvement, bringing forward ideas and suggestions;
  • identify and share good practice;
  • respond to items brought forward by members of staff.


The Faculty also occasionally holds consultation groups with students to find out what is being done well across the Faculty and what you feel could be done to improve your experience as a student.  

The focus of your involvement as a student is likely, however, to be the disciplinary grouping, ie the School within which your studies are based.  Or, in the case of students on interdisciplinary programmes, the office which is responsible for administering your programme. 

You may have contact with the Faculty if you have a problem that cannot be resolved at a local level within the School or Programme Office.  For example, appeals or disciplinary matters. Otherwise, it is entirely possible to complete a course of study without ever interacting directly with the Faculty.