School of Humanities

About the School of Humanities

Welcome to the School of Humanities

The School of Humanities was established in August 1998 when the Faculty of Arts was re-structured into five Schools. The Faculty underwent a further restructure in August 2011 which led to the merger of the School of Humanities with the School of History to create a new School of Humanities incorporating seven departments: Archaeology, ClassicsHistory, History of Art, Music, Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies.

School Mission

The School of Humanities is committed to providing an innovative, inspiring and rigorous education to students at all levels, to producing publications of the highest international excellence and to engaging fruitfully with the wider community around us. It believes that high standards of learning and teaching can only fully be achieved in a lively atmosphere of research. By seeking the highest standards in both teaching and research, the School aims to improve the lives of all those with whom it interacts.


Strategic aim: To promote, develop and disseminate outstanding research and a vibrant research culture across the School and its Departments. Crucial to this aim is a vision of ‘engaged Humanities’ in which research-based knowledge and expertise is brought to bear on contemporary cultural and political life for the benefit of Nottingham, the United Kingdom and, supported by engagement with our China and Malaysia campuses, the wider world.

Specific objectives

  • promote and support high-quality research output by School staff
  • support staff research through effective funding and research leave arrangements
  • enhance the School’s success in winning research funding, by encouraging and supporting staff in seeking funding and carrying out funded projects
  • enhance the recruitment of postgraduate research students and support them through effective supervision and research training
  • enhance research collaboration by School staff and research students both internationally and nationally, as well as across the University
  • promote a stimulating research environment in each of the School’s departments through workshops, colloquia and other research activities
  • monitor and promote research effectively across the School through the School’s Committees
  • achieve as excellent a result as possible in each of the School’s units of assessment in the next Research Excellence Framework 


Teaching and Learning

Strategic aims: To provide a rich, varied and high-quality learning experience for students and equip them with a curiosity-driven and deep understanding of their subject, a critical approach, and skills relevant to their future careers. To build on current strengths and share good practice across the School in order to enhance the student experience. To embed employability and internationalisation within the curriculum, extending extracurricular internship and volunteering opportunities, raising awareness of sustainability and promoting opportunities to study abroad, equip and motivate students to fulfil a fruitful role in society and to become ‘global citizens’.

Specific objectives

  • meet HEU undergraduate recruitment targets and widen participation through effective recruitment strategies
  • maintain and enhance the recruitment of taught postgraduates and international students
  • develop and refresh the School’s taught course provision through effective course design and management
  • support and promote stimulating and effective teaching across the School
  • assure robust and high-quality assessment throughout the School’s courses
  • provide effective pastoral support to students through personal tutors and the PARs system
  • provide effective support for students with disabilities
  • maintain and assure quality standards through the School Teaching Committee and Departmental Committees, associated Student Learning Community Forums and by annual monitoring and periodic review


Staffing, Management and Resources

Strategic aim: To attract, retain, motivate and support staff of the highest quality, and to conduct the management of the School and its Departments and utilise and develop its resources for the most effective promotion of its aims in teaching, learning and research.

Specific objectives

  • motivate and reward staff through the effective operation of the Personal Development and Performance Review (PDPR) and promotions processes
  • support new staff through effective induction and relevant training
  • ensure a fair distribution of duties between staff
  • promote staff development, including equal opportunities and disability awareness
  • manage the business of the School and its Departments as efficiently as possible through the officers and committees, and to seek enhanced efficiency through streamlining administrative processes across the School while maintaining the distinctive identity of the Departments
  • deploy the School’s financial resources as efficiently and fairly as possible and to keep the School’s financial strategy under review
  • ensure that Library and IT resources, including e-learning, are used to the full to support teaching, learning and research
  • ensure the safety and health of staff in the School











School of Humanities

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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