Humanities

News and events from the University of Brighton's Humanities programme areas

Online enrolment is now open!

If you are starting here this September, you can now enrol online. It couldn’t be easier.

Starting your course in 2021

We know you’re going to have a brilliant time here. There’s a lot to think about before starting university so we have put together some information you will find useful before you arrive and for your first few weeks at uni, to get your student life off to the best possible start.

Everything you need to know about Clearing

If you thought you knew where you were headed but you’re considering a change of direction, Clearing 2021 is the moment for you to take another look at your plans before you decide.

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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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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International Women’s Day: A Conversation with Angela Saini on 10 March, 12noon

Students and staff are invited to this free event hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex which sees award-winning science journalist and author of ‘Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong’ and ‘Superior: the Return of Race Science’ speaking to our staff and students. Book your place now.

Fashion History lecturer speaks on theatre costumes on Radio 3

Listen to Dr Veronica Isaac, dress historian and lecturer speak about 19th and 20th century theatre costumes on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking episode on Fashion Stories in Museums.

Podcast: Victorian invention of Christmas

Dr Charlotte Nicklas, course leader for Fashion and Dress History discusses how the Victorians invented much of the commercialised Christmas.

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Thinking about choosing a history of art and design degree?

Here are a set of short videos by academic staff in the History of Art and Design programme exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

Exploring claims to Beethoven’s legacy

Humanities researcher Dr Aakanksha Virkar Yates appears on a BBC Radio 3 documentary this Friday 25 September (midday) to discuss Beethoven’s artistic and philosophical legacy and his influence on politics in the early 20th century.

Enrol, log on and complete your tasks!

Congratulations on your offer – now it’s time to enrol!

Meet the staff: Lara Perry

Dr Lara Perry is Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and is a lecturer on Art Design History.

My Clearing journey: Humanities graduate Olivia Weatherill

“I’d known I’d wanted to go to university very early on as a teenager.”

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Think Humanities courses aren’t vocational enough? British Academy report says otherwise

Qualified for the Future (May 2020) demonstrates the tangible benefits of skills developed in the arts, humanities and social sciences to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future.

Keep moving forward – Clearing 2020

If you thought you knew where you were headed but you’re considering a change of direction, Clearing 2020 is the moment for you to take another look at your plans before you decide.

Decolonising the Curriculum Issue 3

A new issue of Decolonising the Curriculum, teaching and learning about race equality, is out now. Content is written by University of Brighton staff, students and alumni.

Why do I want to decolonise our curriculum?

I have just handed in my dissertation to complete my BA in English Literature.

Meet the staff: Stephen Maddison

Professor Stephen Maddison is head of the School of Humanities.

Graduates 2020: Kitty Symington: History of Art and Design

“I’ve always been fascinated by the culture that produced the beautiful prints of 18th century Japan, so choosing Japanese prints as my area of study for my dissertation wasn’t hard.”

Graduates 2020: Sarahlouise Newman: Visual Culture

“I am a research historian and I focus mainly on the 20th century and specialise in war history. I am currently working at Newhaven fort and have passed a curatorship course at the National Army Museum in London.”

Graduates 2020: Milly Westbrook: Fashion and Dress History

As a dress historian my work uses material culture specifically fashion to unlock a wider history of the world.

Change Studentship award for BAME curating applicants returns

The Change Studentship will be awarded to a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Curating Collections and Heritage MA applicant.

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Got questions before you start at Brighton?

We have put together the most frequently asked questions from our recent School of Humanities online Q&A.

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Join our School of Humanities online Q&A event: Thurs 30 April, 1-3pm

Got any questions about studying the Humanities at Brighton? If you’re an applicant or thinking of applying then sign up for our online chat with lecturers from English, philosophy, politics, globalisation, history and history of art and design.

Apply now for new £2,500 international scholarships

For academic year 2020-21 we’re launching international scholarships available to new full-time international students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught degrees holding an offer.

National accreditation for UoB Design Archives

The University of Brighton Design Archives has been awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation, a UK quality standard recognising good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

Careers advice from Head of Employability Clare Dawson.

Clare gives expert advice on employability, CVs, placements, dealing with knock-backs and how to ease the pressure of choosing your career path.

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Free lecture: From Disobedient Objects to the Museum of Neoliberalism

Hear Dr Gavin Grindon from the University of Essex speak at our Pavilion Parade building on Wednesday 12 February, 1.30 – 2.30pm.

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Come to Brighton Election Question Time!

On 5 December (6pm) join Caroline Lucas (Green MP, Brighton Pavilion), Joe Miller Conservative Candidate, Brighton Kemptown), Adam Imanpour (Labour Candidate, Brighton Pavilion) and Beatrice Bass (Liberal Democrat, Hove and Portslade) at Moulsecoomb Campus for a question time debate in the lead up to the General Election.

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John Bercow at the University of Brighton: “We degrade parliament at our peril”

Just before he stepped down as Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP launched an impassioned defence of the parliamentary system in a guest lecture.

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Humanities lecturer curates exhibition taking a new look at Picasso’s Guernica

Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece of 1937 is seen anew in a multi-art form exhibition curated by a University of Brighton Humanities lecturer Dr Nicola Ashmore.

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Student view: How my student ambassador role aids my studies

Hannah Francis (front row, third from left)  is about to start her third year as a student on the History, Literature and Culture degree.

Graduate Show 2019: Briar Grootveldt: Philosophy, Politics, Art

My dissertation focusses on the extensive and rather timeless topic of death and the trauma that often follows alongside it.

Graduate Show 2019: Eleanor Medhurst: Fashion and Dress History

I see Fashion and Dress History as a way to study society. Clothing can mean so many things, and it is an amazing lens with which we can view history.

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How can we protect heritage sites?

The University of Brighton welcomed academics from across the world to a research workshop based around safeguarding cultural heritage.

New Centre for Contemporary Arts to open at university

Brighton will gain a dynamic new arts hub in the heart of the city this October when the University launches its new Centre for Contemporary Arts (Brighton CCA) with a programme of world-class exhibitions, projects and commissions from emerging and established international artists.

Free workshops examine the clothes on our backs

The university has teamed with Brighton Museum to run three creative workshops engaging members of the BAME community, students and staff, to work on archival material, creating poems, textiles and prose.

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