Welcome to the Faculty

Welcome… and thanks for your interest in the work of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences here at Queen’s University Belfast.  

We are a busy, multidisciplinary community of learners, dedicated to using the wide range of subjects on the arts and humanities to make a difference in lives locally, nationally and internationally. 

We are home to some 7600 students and 700 academic and support staff who work in five Schools – Arts, English and Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Law, Management, and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work – and a Global Research Institute, the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Our work takes place in an attractive
and well-connected estate in the heart of the vibrant city of Belfast, with world class facilities including: a new Law School (opened summer 2016); the world’s only Sonic Arts Research Laboratory; a state of the art building
at Riddel Hall, which is home to the Management School with its unique Trading Room; and, a purpose built black box theatre, as well as the Brian Friel Theatre.

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a global leader that brings around 70 researchers from all parts of the Faculty, and wider University, to address some of the most challenging issues facing the world today.  Similarly networked across the Faculty and University is our agenda-setting Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation seeks to find innovative solutions to key societal challenges, using robust evidence to make a difference to the lives of children and their families and communities.  The Seamus Heaney Centre is a vital and creative home for writers of poetry and for the stage and screen.  We are members of AHRC and ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships and home to a Nuffield-funded Q-Step initiative, supporting innovation in teaching and research of quantitative research methods.

Across these initiatives and more we are proud of the work of our students and staff, which has been recognised by many others for its quality: Performing Arts is ranked in the QS top 50, English in the QS top 100 and Law in the QS top 200; Modern Languages was third and Education fourth in the UK for research intensity in REF 2014; and, five subject areas hold Athena SWAN Bronze Awards for their commitment to equality issues.  In addition, many individual colleagues are respected leaders in their fields, working with well-qualified and enthusiastic students to grow knowledge and understanding of pressing social and cultural questions and problems.

With a huge range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer, as well as a vibrant postgraduate research culture, I am sure you will find a opportunities to both challenge and inspire you, as well as equipping you with the first-class skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen career. 

So, welcome to our Faculty: I love working and learning here, I am sure you will too.

Adrienne Scullion
Professor Adrienne Scullion
Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences