The School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, University of Birmingham

Events, tips and opportunities for students studying in the School of English, Drama and ACS at the University of Birmingham.

For links to key pages for current students and info about upcoming events and opportunities: https://linktr.ee/edacsbham

Operating as usual

19/07/2023

We are excited to announce the Barry Jackson and Culture Forward Birmingham Scholarship for applicants of our MA Performance Practices: Applied Artists committed to performing arts in Birmingham.

The scholarship is available to full-time, UK-fee-paying students and covers half of the tuition fee.

For more information about the MA Performance Practices: Applied Artists and the Scholarship see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio).

05/07/2023

‘Pop Culture for Social Change’: Luke Harris (UoB BA Drama and English 2011), Talent Lead for Comic Relief - Wednesday 12th July
Date: Wednesday 12th July 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30pm (refreshments 6:00-6:30)
Venue: The Exchange, Birmingham City Centre

What is it like working behind the scenes at Comic Relief? How do you team up celebrities and big donors to fight poverty and injustice around the world? For our first Arts Matters Annual Lecture, Comic Relief Talent Lead and former EDACS student Luke Harris will share his experiences transforming star power into social impact.

All students and staff welcome! For more information about the event and how to register for your free place, see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio!

27/06/2023

Huge congratulations to all of our finalists who are receiving results this afternoon!! 🥳🌟🥳 Your achievements over the past few years have been phenomenal, especially given the context of some of the most unusual circumstances in recent academic history. We hope you’re incredibly proud of yourselves! 🌟🌟🌟

22/06/2023

Deadline: Saturday 1st July
Application Link: https://www.gale.com/intl/gale-ambassadors/application

Fancy paid business experience with a global publisher?
Gale, an international publisher of digital archives and other resources, are recruiting students to be their ambassadors and to undertake awareness-building activities to encourage more students to use their fascinating archives. We have access to many of Gale’s archives at UoB, including the Archives of Sexuality and GenderLinks to an external site. and Eighteenth-Century Collections OnlineLinks to an external site..


The Ambassador role lasts for the 2023-2024 academic year, for which you will be paid £700. You will also have the opportunity to do the following, which will look great on your CV:

· Gain business experience
· Run your own marketing activities
· Deliver presentations and training sessions
· Write blog posts
· Network

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s Grace Pashley, BA English Literature and Philosophy student and outgoing Gale Student Ambassador who, in 2 minutes explains.what she has gained from the role and why you should apply! Apply online by 1st July 2023!

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Thank you to everyone who joined the 2023 English Literature Stratford Residential - a wonderful three days of talking about literature and culture, engaging with theatre, dancing, and making the most of the beautiful weather!

13/06/2023

The English Literature Stratford Residential is underway! Keep an eye on our stories🙂

05/06/2023

College of Arts and Law PGT Masters Dissertation Conference - Save the Date and Call for Papers!

Date of conference: Thursday 6th July
Venue of conference: Alan Walters Building (Edgbaston campus) and on Zoom
Abstract submission deadline: Mon 12th June

Organised and run by College of Arts and Law PostGraduate Taught students! An opportunity for you to gain experience of presenting at or attending an academic conference.

More information about the call for papers and registration for the conference on canvas - for the link see the post about this event on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio).

31/05/2023

English Literature Dissertation Showcase Reception 🧁🥂🍰
Monday 12th June
4.30-5.30pm
Alan Walters G11

All final-year Lit students welcome! (As well as all second-year Lit students who are attending their Dissertation Day!) Final-year students - whether or not you're taking part in the Showcase, come along and celebrate your Dissertation achievements with cakes and (non-alcoholic) drinks!

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🌈 Join the College of Arts and Law and members of UoB at the parade for Birmingham Pride 2023 on Saturday 27th May 🌈

The invitation is open to all staff, students and alumni, as well as any family members, partners, or other guests who you'd like to bring along - simply include their names when you complete the sign up form.

We'll be meeting at 10.30am at Centenary Square. And if you are feeling creative, you'd be more than welcome to make and bring along flags, t-shirts or similar. If you'd like to know more, please contact Jeremy Williams ([email protected]).

Sign up at: tinyurl.com/PrideCAL (link on the post about this event on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio!).

18/05/2023

🎭🍫 'Theatre at the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory'
a talk by Prof. Catherine Hindson (University of Bristol )
🗓️ Wednesday 24th May, 5.15pm
📍 Arts Building, room 103

A symbol of Britain's industrial heyday, Bournville's Cadbury's factory offered recreational and educational schemes that included and astonishing amount of theatre. Focusing on outdoor performances staged at the factory between 1908 and 1914 - including the masques written by Birmingham playwright/ poet/ producer/ actor John Drinkwater - this talk will position theatre at the heart of understanding Cadbury's in the early 20th century and explore the importance of the arts and creativity to the firm's ethos, day-to-day organisation, and success.

This talk will be given by Prof. Catherine Hindson (University of Bristol) sharing insights from her new publication.
Co-organised with 19th Century Centre Birmingham ( on Twitter).

17/05/2023

Popular Romance Studies Annual International Conference Volunteer Opportunity

Dates: Weds 28th - Friday 30th June
Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham city centre

Would you like to gain experience organising academic conferences? Are you interested in popular and genre fiction?

Dr Amy Burge (Department of English Lit) is seeking volunteers to help out at the ninth annual international conference on popular romance studies to be held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham city centre, from 28-30 June 2023.

The conference has a stellar line up of panels, workshops and keynote talks on everything from BookTok, to Young Adult romance, to audio erotica, to posthumanism.

Required tasks include staffing the registration desk, offering directions within the building, helping with the tech, chairing panels, and offering support for hybrid participants. In return for one or two half days volunteering, you’ll be able to attend the rest of the conference for free, get lunch and tea/coffee, and come along to the first night wine reception. You will be given full training so you’re prepared for any role you choose to take on.

For more information, including how to sign up, see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio.

17/05/2023

UoB Careers Network Mentoring - open to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students, and to all 2021 or 2022 graduates. Would you benefit from the chance to connect with an industry professional? Whether you know exactly what profession you want to go into or are still working things out, you could benefit from our mentors’ insights, guidance and advice.

For more information on what the Careers Network Mentoring Scheme can offer you and how to sign up see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio).

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The main blossom season may be over but there are still plenty of beautiful blooms on our campuses to inspire you through assessment season! Don’t forget the power of taking a few moments to connect with nature in helping with stress and overall wellbeing 🌿🌸🍃🪻🌱🌼🌿🌺🍃

📍Photos 1-8 taken on Edgbaston Campus

📍Photos 9-10 taken in the gardens of our Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon

16/05/2023

Unlocking Ukraine Summer School: A Journey through Language, Culture, and History

Date: 17-27 July 2023
Venue: UoB Edgbaston campus
Application deadline: Sunday 21st May

The Universities of Birmingham (UK) and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine) are co-hosting a summer school from 17-27 July 2023 at Birmingham’s leafy Edgbaston campus in the heart of the UK. Through a series of engaging language-learning sessions, workshops and social activities, immerse yourself in the beauty of Ukrainian language and enrich your knowledge of Ukraine’s culture and people. Registration is free to UK students and the wider public. Choose from full-time participation, which includes language sessions, or part-time for those who prefer a more flexible schedule without language training.

For more information and to register see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio.

15/05/2023

College of Arts and Law Summer Leavers Celebration
Monday 12th June
12-2 pm
Arts Building, Mason Lounge

Are you graduating this summer 2023?
Celebrate with friends, alumni and staff at our fantastic end of year summer event.
• Free food and refreshments
• Be inspired by some of our graduates
• Find out how we can support you beyond graduation
• Bring your friends, don’t miss out!

For the registration link see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio)!

10/05/2023

English Summer Ball 2023

Celebrate the end of the academic year at the English ball, hosted by English Language and Linguistics Society, and open to every English student - Language or Literature!

Wednesday 07 June
7:30pm - 11:59pm
Dropshot, Digbeth

For more information and booking details see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio.

10/05/2023

'The Houses of Healing: Tolkien, Fantasy, and the Road to Recovery' - Friday 12th May
Date: Friday 12th May
Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Brammall Concert Hall

Join us for our Second Annual Tolkien Lecture, delivered by John Garth, renowned Tolkien expert. Garth will argue that creating his Middle-earth mythology helped J.R.R. Tolkien to recover from the horrors and griefs of war, and will show how this infuses the professor’s own theory about fantasy as a means of recovering ‘a clear view’ of the world. For more information and to register see the post about this event on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio).

09/05/2023

Testimonio: Storytelling as Chicanx, Q***r knowledge production in Education Studies – a talk and ‘zine workshop with Jodi Aguilar
Date: Thursday 11th May
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: Online

What is the value of a story? What does it mean to ‘testify’? How can this help us understand ourselves, our culture, and the world we live in, and pass on that knowledge? This session will explore the value of oral storytelling, testimony, and consider what these might tell us about indigenous and q***r ways of knowing. During this session participants will learn about how Indigenous and Q***r cultures in the United States use storytelling as an educational tool, and will be invited to consider how their own communities might use storytelling too. We will reflect on what we’ve learned by learning about and making a ‘zine – no experience necessary!

This event will be of particular interest to those interested in folklore, q***r studies, ‘zine making, and teaching/education, especially those who may be considering a career in this field.

For more information, including details of how to join the online event, see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio).

08/05/2023

EDACS Assessment Support Drop-in Afternoon - Wednesday 10th May
Date: Wednesday 10th May
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Arts 103

This session is open to all EDACS students, and it offers two things:

- First, students are welcome to drop-in (without an appointment) for an assessment support consultation. These are an opportunity to talk through any essay plans or assignment ideas you may be ruminating; Dr Jessica Fay will be happy to answer any queries, or just to have a general conversation about study skills.

- Secondly, this is an open study session, providing the space and quietness for students to get on with work in a supportive, structured way.

Feel free to come along for some or all of the afternoon.

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Thank you to all of the Shakespeare Institute students who came along to the Wellbeing drop-in session today! We are holding ones on Edgbaston and Selly Oak campuses next week (details below and on second slide) - come along to get a free drink and snack, a School of EDACS mini teddy bear or water bottle! The EDACS Wellbeing and Student Experience Teams will be there if you have any queries or just feel like a chat to take your mind off your essays for a few minutes!

Edgbaston Campus - Wednesday 10th May, 12 - 2pm, Arts Lecture Room 2

Selly Oak Campus - Thursday 11th May, 12.30-2.30pm, SOVAC SSI

26/04/2023

Revise and refresh at the OLRC - Thursday 4 May

Join us at the Orchard Learning Centre (Selly Oak campus, B29 6QW) on Thursday 4 May (10:00 to 16:00) for a day of specialist sessions to help you prepare for the assessment period. We'll have a range of activities to not only help you improve your study skills, but also to look at ways to destress and refresh your body and mind. These include an academic skills advice drop-in, Time management workshop, chair yoga, board games and crafts, and sessions with Pets as Therapy dogs!

You can reach the OLRC either via the free shuttle bus from the main campus, or it takes approximately 20 minutes to walk from the centre of Selly Oak.

For more information and booking details see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio!

26/04/2023

This week is your last opportunity to have your say in the Undergraduate Student Surveys!

🟣 The National Student Survey (NSS) for Final Year Undergraduate Students
🟢 The UK Engagement Survey (UKES) for Non-Final Year Undergraduate Students

See the link in our bio or search your UoB emails for these links!

19/04/2023

What's it like to work in the creative sectors? Are you thinking about your first steps into theatre, film or television? What does a film or TV producer actually do? What does it take to bring shows like Downton Abbey or The Last Kingdom to the screen?

You can ask all these questions, and more, when Birmingham alumnus Gareth Neame OBE (BA Drama and English, 1988) - the multi-award winning CEO of Carnival Films - visits campus at 10.45am on Monday 15 May.

Come along for tea, coffee and breakfast pastries and take the opportunity to speak with Gareth, ask him your questions, and get the benefit of his expertise.

This event will take place in person at the Guild of Students, University of Birmingham.

Registration link on the post about this event on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub - see the link in our bio!

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The College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Collaborative Research Internship (CRI) programme offers non-final year students from all schools in the College the opportunity to undertake a paid internship with academic and / or professional services staff. The scheme is now open for student applications. We currently have 24 internship opportunities in a diverse range of areas from academic research activities to pedagogical enhancement opportunities. Any student from any subject area can apply for any internship, although some do require specific skills such as the ability to speak / translate modern foreign languages.

Key information (see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio for the direct link to the Canvas course where you will find all of the detailed information):

CANVAS: We’ve created a dedicated CANVAS resource (to which all eligible students have been added) which contains further information, including an FAQ: tinyurl.com/cri-2023

Link to application form: tinyurl.com/CRIapplication

Deadline for Applications: 10th April 2023

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The Trojan Women - the next of this year’s UoB Drama Final Year student productions is THIS WEEK - Thursday 23rd-Saturday 25th March! More info below and tickets available via the link in the bio!

Euripides’ famous tragedy, The Trojan Women, follows the fate of the women of Troy following the war between the invading Greek armies and the people of the city. The Trojan Women describes with unparalleled intensity the horrific brutality that both women and children undergo at the end of the Trojan War, but in the end it is a play that insists on the victory of spirit amid the horrors created by gods and men.

Content Information: This work addresses themes of murder and sexual assault. Please contact the box office if you require further details.

Performances:

23/03/23 - 19.30
24/03/23 - 19.30
25/03/23 - 14.00
25/03/23 - 19.30
Tickets: £8 (£5 concessionary rate) - bookings available now
Concessions: Full time students, Under 16s, Over 60s & UoB Staff. Only one discount is available per ticket and valid ID must be presented where applicable.
Tickets are available online until 15 minutes after curtain up for that specific performance.
Box Office (enquiries only - no booking): 0121 414 5676

Free parking is available to the rear of the theatre.

16/03/2023

UoB's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team () invites you to their International Women's Day Poetry and Open Mic Night 🎤
Date: Tuesday 21st March
Time: 6.15-7.30pm
Venue: Aston Webb - G33 Lecture Theatre

This event will feature performances from acclaimed poets Devjani Bodepudi and Scarlett Ward, and will also give staff and students the opportunity to perform at our open mic. Sign-up for the open mic will be available on the door and we particularly welcome anyone who identifies as a gendered minority to perform. This event is free and open to everyone in the UoB community.

For more information and registration details see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio.

Featuring performances from the acclaimed poets Devjani Bodepudi and Scarlett Ward.

16/03/2023

⭐ Opportunity Alert: Transforming Society Through The Arts ⭐

This is a unique opportunity to hear from Birmingham based street-artist Mohammed Ali, founder of arts organisation Soul City Arts. At this informal event, you can learn more about the organisation and its recent growth and how you can be part of their story through student work placement opportunities.

📅 Wednesday 22nd March 2023
🕜 2:00-3:30pm
🏫 Arts Building, 201
🔗 bit.ly/soulcityarts_uob

(Or see the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub via the link in our bio!)

15/03/2023

The Department of English Literature Stratford Residential is now open to book onto! The trip is open to all second year students in the Department of English Literature. Check your UoB emails for details of how to book!

15/03/2023

Are you interested in a career in Media, PR, Marketing or Advertising?
Come along and hear from EDACS alumni about their roles in this sector. Find out what they did before and after graduation, how they found their first job and top tips for getting your foot in the door.

Our panellists include:
Harpal Khambay – Production Secretary at BBC Studios
Francesca Adams – Digital Marketing assistant at The Agatha Christie Estate
Kirsten Ellis – Production coordinator at BBC Apprenticeship
Don Mike – Head of Strategy at Raw London

Date: Wednesday 22 March
Time: 4-5:30pm
Venue: Online

See the post about this on the EDACS Events and Opportunities Hub (via the link in our bio) for more details and how to register.

15/03/2023

🎓Class of 2023 - Remember to reserve your place at our July Degree Congregations

The next round of Degree Congregations will take place between Tuesday 11 and Friday 21 July 2023 (excluding weekends). You need to let us know if you plan to attend your Degree Congregation by 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 20 March 2023.

Check your emails for a reminder email sent by the Graduations Office today with all of the details including provisional dates, how to confirm your place, and what to do if you do not wish to attend but still want to have your degree conferred.

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