Faculty of Arts

Directed Studies Week


The Faculty of Arts has arranged a series of events for Directed Studies Week 6-10 November.

During this week, there will not normally be any formal scheduled teaching, but a suite of activities has been organised that are targeted at particular year groups. If you are not engaged in fieldwork, study trips and the like, you are warmly encouraged to sign up for one or more of the following events. 

Although events are aimed at particular year groups postgrad students and staff are also welcome to attend.

Please register by Friday 3 November so we can organise catering where appropriate.


Being Human study day - Doug Ingram

  • Date: Tuesday 7 November, 9.30am-4pm
  • Target audience: Foundation and Year 1 students (but open to all)
  • Venue: Trent Great Hall
More information and schedule for the day

The concept of ‘being human’ is a crucial one across the disciplines in the Faculty of Arts. Different departments explore this concept (whether explicitly or otherwise) in a broad range of different ways. During this study day, we will consider a range of different perspectives on ‘being human’ from across the Faculty. Students will then be set the task of producing something that represents for them a perspective on ‘being human’ related to their department (for First Year students) or destination department (for Foundation Year students). There is a danger, however, that we view the concept of ‘being human’ as the domain of the Arts, so at the end of the day a panel of academics from across the university will discuss how the concept features in different faculties. The audience (of students and academics) will be invited to engage in discussion with the panel.


  • 9.45-10am Tea, coffee and pastries. Great Hall, Trent Building.
  • 10-11am ‘Being Human’ – different perspectives from across the Faculty of Arts. Great Hall, Trent Building.
  • 11am-3pm Students will be split into discipline-focused groups to produce something of their choice (e.g., photographs, short video, poetry, Powerpoint/Presi (or other) presentation, short story, short play …) which represents ‘being human’ from the perspective of their discipline or destination department. Students will be responsible for organising their own lunch

Students can spend this time wherever seems most suitable for the project they are undertaking. The Great Hall will be available for them to use if necessary.

  • 3.30-4.30 Students present to each other the result of their ‘Being Human’ projects. A3, Humanities Building.

Panel discussion: Being Human

Being Human panel discussionTo round off the day there will be a cross-faculty panel discussion focussing on what it means to be human (or not!). The panel will consist of:

Where: A3, Humanities building  Time: 5-6pm


Applying for M3C funding - Jonathan Tallant & Chris Loveluck

  • Date: Tuesday 7 November, 10am-noon
  • Target audience: Masters students
  • Venue: Humanities A03

Careers - Sarah Ainger

  • Date: Wednesday 8 November, 12.30pm-2pm
  • Target audience: Year 2 students (but open to all)
  • Venue: Humanities A03
  • Lunch is provided

Learning outcomes

  • Explore the career options for arts students
  • Prioritise your own career plans
  • Identify opportunities to develop skills and experience in the holidays
  • Commit to a set of useful actions to take forward

Assessment - Nick Thomas, Vivien Miller, Mike Rodman-Jones

  • Date: Thursday 9 November, 9am-11am
  • Target audience: All undergraduates
  • Venue: Clive Granger A40

What makes a first-class dissertation? Models and approaches - Mark Bradley & Nick Thomas

  • Date: Thursday 9 November, noon-2pm
  • Target audience: Year 3 and 4 students
  • Venue: Clive Granger A48
  • Bring your own lunch


Registration form

  • Please register for your chosen event(s)
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