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The placement experience and knowledge will be a great addition to my C.V

Second year student Nell Gulliver talks about her placement with Screen Archive South East. “I came to my studies a little later in life than most at 36 and wanted to choose a degree pathway that would interest me and keep the initial excitement going for the 6 years it will take to complete as…

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New UKRI funding for Brighton to accelerate real-world research impact

University of Brighton has received £450,000 to boost its innovative arts and humanities-based research and impact initiatives over the next three years. The prestigious UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funded via the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will provide vital investment to translate challenge-led research into projects with clear impacts…

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Linguistics degree offers new pathway options

Students taking our Linguistics BA(Hons) will, from 2023, have the opportunity to choose to graduate with the new award titles ‘Linguistics with Intercultural Communication’ or ‘Linguistics with Policy and Planning.’

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Creative Writing degree offers new Wellbeing pathway

Students choosing our Creative Writing BA(Hons) now have the opportunity to graduate with the award title Creative Writing with Wellbeing.

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English students share experience of their industry placements at Connecting The Dots event

If you study an English course at the University of Brighton you have the chance to take an work placement – and this week students who have worked during their studies at companies including Factory Films and The Old Market Theatre hosted an event to celebrate and feedback on their experiences.

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Epoque Press announce new dissertation prize for University of Brighton English students

  The publishers will support an annual prize for the best dissertation with a prize – graduating students will win books and publication in an Epoque Press e-zine.

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English Literature and Creative Writing student wins Hammer & Tongue spoken-word poetry slam

Read our interview with Merci Roberts where she talks about performing at the event, her course and the lecturers, and living in Brighton, as well as reading her winning poem Justice for Peace. Hi Merci – tell us a bit about the open mic event and the prize “Hammer & Tongue is a spoken word…

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HOAD lecturer restores Victorian poster to shed light on historic library battles

The chance discovery of an 1890s poster campaigning for Worthing to have its first public library strikes a chord with public service battles that continue today. The poster was found folded up inside a scrapbook by University of Brighton lecturer Dr Annebella Pollen who teaches on the University’s HOAD programme, during research at Worthing Museum…

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Creative Writing graduate Joseph Lee talks about his studies and life after Uni

I graduated from my full time MA study in Creative Writing in 2021, with a high distinction. During my year of study at University of Brighton, I sharpened my writing skills across a variety of modules including rhetoric, poetry and narrative, as well as becoming a course representative and even publishing an e-book, all remotely!…

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Lecturer’s new book looks at life histories of radical figures in relation to black liberation struggle

Revolutionary Lives of the Red and Black Atlantic since 1917 co-edited by Christian Høgsbjerg is published on 19 April 2022 and brings to light the life histories of those whose political activity in relation to the black liberation struggle was profoundly shaped by the global impact and legacy of the Russian Revolution of October 1917….

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Read work by the University of Brighton’s talented writers

Check out PierreView, a blog dedicated to work by Creative Writing MA students.

Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity. Yesterday’s commodity is tomorrow’s found art object. Today’s art object is tomorrow’s junk. And yesterday’s junk is tomorrow’s heirloom

Lecturers give free online talks as part of University exhibition looking at how objects are seen, from treasures to junk

From ‘The Fetishism of Commodities’ and ‘Graphic Interventions’, to ‘The Social Life of Unwanted Things’ and ‘Tracing the pursuit of (modern) happiness’ sign up to what promise to be fascinating events.

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‘Bad Scepticism and Democracy’ public lecture 27 Jan, 6.30pm

Join the Humanities Society at our Edward Street building (or online) for this lecture by Dr Robin Dunphy, expertin  epistemology and metaphysics in the context of Classical German Philosophy and with the Pyrrhonian sceptical tradition.

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English @ Brighton on Instagram

If you’re a Brighton student, or are thinking about choosing one of our English courses, check out the Instagram account.

Listen to staff and students on Spotify

Another chance to listen to our staff and students on our Humanities programme speak on a variety of subjects on our podcast series.

Lecturer’s revealing book about Britain’s historic nudist movement

The eye-opening history of naturism in 20th century Britain is the subject of a new book by Fashion and Design History lecturer Dr Annebella Pollen.

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Come to a talk from Professor Tony Booth on Islamic Philosophy on 18 November, 6.30pm

Come to the Humanities Society event at the University of Brighton’s Edward Street to hear this University of Sussex professor discuss Islamic philosophy. This is a drop in society – you can sit back, listen and relax, or ask questions and debate! Everyone is welcome.

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University of Brighton to host public talk over contested Cecil Rhodes statue

Book your place for this online public talk (12 November, 2-4pm), co-chaired by politics lecturer Dr Heba Youssef and anthropology and psychology academic Dr Nichola Khan, which will explore the turbulent debates over the statue of Rhodes at Oxford University. 

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Creative Writing MA grad launches Brighton Aids Memorial Exhibition

While studying Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, Harry Hillery worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust as part of the Communities of Practice module, where they became artist-in-residence and started archiving stories.

Fashion History graduate awarded for work on Wild West women’s fashion

Olivia Terry has won two major awards for essays based on her recent graduate dissertation on the Fashion and Dress History degree at University of Brighton.

Fashion and design history lecturer teams up for lockdown photo project

Dr Annebella Pollen has teamed up with Historic England to explore pictures taken by the public during the first 2020 lockdown.

New book examines link between Russian Revolution and anti-colonialisms

Humanities lecturer Dr Christian Høgsbjerg has co-edited a new book exploring the implications that the Russian Revolution had on racism and how it inspired many black radicals internationally.

Student experiences of the Census project

Students taking part in the Census project, a collaborative project using historical census data to highlight changing patterns in health, disability, housing, employment and identity) have spoken about their experiences.

Historian awarded Scholarship Research Scheme

School of Humanities and Social Sciences historian, Deborah Madden, has been awarded Santander Scholarships Research for the Global Challenges Undergraduate Research Scheme (URS).

Graduates 2021: Leah Squires: MA Creative Writing

I feel proud of what I’ve achieved during my time at the University of Brighton, particularly in light of the lockdown limitations.

Graduates 2021: Marianne Lemond: MA Creative Writing

The positive feedback from the MA tutors has given me more confidence in my ability, whilst their constructive criticism has helped me to become a better writer.

Graduates 2021: Joseph Lee: Creative Writing

Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learnt is the confidence to stand up and say ‘I am a writer’. Small words with huge potential.

Graduates 2021: Leonie Houching: History of Art and Design

It was important to me to focus my research on something that felt close to me personally.

Graduates 2021: Rachel Ng: Fashion and Dress History

Brighton has been the perfect place to study because of the creative and accepting lifestyle here. I love being by the sea and the connections to London are perfect.

Graduates 2021: Brigita Litvinovic: History of Art and Design

This experience made me more independent, mature and confident!

Graduates 2021: Kay Lawrance: Fashion and Dress History

My dissertation title is Office to Sofa, Workwear to Loungewear: Dressing for Success and Lockdown.  

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Creative Writing MA graduate part of Brighton Festival’s Lemn Sissay installation

Graduate Harry Hillery has three pieces of work featured in Brighton’s Stories with Lemn Sissay, which sees the poet and Festival’s Guest Director reading a selection of stories submitted during this art installation in Pavilion Gardens.

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Join us for our summer open days

Get to know us at our summer online open days – from wherever you happen to be.

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Follow our Humanities courses on Instagram

The feed for our literature, creative writing, linguistics, language, history of art and design, history, philosophy and politics.

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Meet the staff: Cathy Bergin

Dr Cathy Bergin is principal lecturer and leader of the History, Literature and Culture degree on the Humanities Programme.

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Lecturer Vicky Margree in conversation about radical feminist Shulamith Firestone

Humanities lecturer Victoria Margree (author of a book on Firestone) and Claus Halberg (University of Bergen’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Research) discuss the Canadian-American radical feminist, writer and activist in this film.

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Creative Writing students produce writing for sold-out Brighton Festival show

Students from the University of Brighton’s Creative Writing BA(Hons), MA and PhD programme are part of theatre performance Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness on 22 May.

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Lecturer Anita Rupprecht discusses transatlantic slave trade on Open City podcast

In the wake of the BLM protests, podcast series Slavery and the City looks at what it means for Britain to reckon with the history of the transatlantic slave trade – and Humanities lecturer Anita has contributed to the second episode on London’s Guildhall and the slave ship, Zong massacre.

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“I am fascinated by international relations and global politics and how it directly impacts people’s lives in ways that may not be immediately apparent”

Dr Becca Searle and Dr Heba Youssef teach on our new politics degrees – here we find out a bit more about what made them want to specialise in this fascinating subject and how they teach politics at Brighton.

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Brighton launches five new politics degrees for 2022

You can now apply for our new courses in Politics BA(Hons), Politics and Social Change BA(Hons), Environmental Politics BA(Hons), Politics and International Relations BA(Hons) and Sex and Politics BA(Hons).

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