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We have a vibrant academic and student body who are often featured in the press. Many of our academics contribute to national and international radio and television shows.

Upcoming events

June 2015

Friday 19th to Saturday 20th Queen Mary University of London

July 2015

Wednesday 1st ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, QMUL

September 2015

Latest news

School of History ranked 7th in the UK

Friday May 29th

The School of History at Queen Mary is one of the top seven history departments in Britain, according to the 2016 Guardian University Guide. Queen Mary is now ranked second only to the London School of Economics within the University of London for the study of History.

The School ranked highly on all measures. Our staff-to-student ratio is the second highest in the UK. We have a 97% satisfaction rate for teaching, and we are among the top five history schools in Britain for spending per student. The School of History continues its dynamic development: since the tables were compiled, we have doubled our library budget and announced three new academic appointments.

These rankings are a mark of our commitment to undergraduate teaching, to diversity in our curriculum, all delivered with energy and enthusiasm by our staff. We look forward to building on this success in the years ahead, ensuring that Queen Mary remains one of the outstanding departments in the world for the study of History.

Professor Gareth Stedman Jones and Dr Tom Asbridge present at the Hay Festival

Thursday May 28th

Professor Gareth Stedman Jones and Dr Tom Asbridge are both presenting at this year's Hay Festival. Prof Stedman Jones presents on Inventing  Necessity-the strange genesis of Twentieth Century political authority. Dr Asbridge presents on The Greatest Knight, based on his latest book on William Marshall. 

Professor Miri Rubin presents at the University of Warsaw

Tuesday May 26th

Professor Miri Rubin will deliver a keynote lecture at the University of Warsaw on the historigraphical trails which inspire the current interest in material culture. Prof Rubin will explore the interests in performance, liturgy and rituals, as arising after decades of preoccupation with textuality, and how these approaches may be combined. Using materials from 1400-1600 and from several parts of Europe, she will consider categories such as Europe, agency, region and identity, in connection with material objects and performances created by Europeans in that period. 

Dr Robert Henderson in the Guardian

Tuesday May 5th

Dr Robert Henderson has uncovered the first confirmed image of Apollinariya Yakubova, considered by many to be the true love of Vladimir Lenin. Dr Henderson discovered the photograph in the State Archive of the Russian Federation, while researching for his forthcoming book on the Russian revolutionary V. L. Burtsev. The full article appears in the Guardian.

School of History joins the world's top 50 history departments

Wednesday April 29th

The fifth edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject - published today - found that 19 subject areas at QMUL rank among the world’s best. History has joined the top 50 this year. The QS World University Rankings by Subject is considered to be among the most trusted of league tables. Rankings are based on academic and employer reputations and research citations per faculty (the number of times the research is credited in the work of other academics).

Professor Miri Rubin, Head of the School of History, said: I am delighted that the 2015 QS ranking - based on the survey of 3400 universities worldwide - has placed the School of History among the top 50 Departments in the world, at 46. Such recognition reflects the excellence of research and teaching in our School, for which we have a great deal of local evidence and widespread recognition. It is most satisfying to have this important badge too, alongside our colleagues in English and Law.

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