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Welcome to the School of Humanities

I have much pleasure in welcoming you to the School of Humanities, a leading centre for teaching, learning and research in the humanities located in the dynamic port city of Bristol.

The School of Humanities is located in the Arts Complex, a series of handsome Victorian villas along Woodland Road and nearby, which will soon be joined by a new state-of-the-art Humanities Building under construction in the space behind its current home. Inside you will discover our five departments: Classics and Ancient History, English, History, History of Art and Religion and Theology. Most of you will be studying a single honours degree, or one of our wide offering of combined honours programmes or the flagship BA/MA in Liberal Arts.

Many distinguished humanists have studied, taught and officiated at the University over the years, including three Nobel Laureates: Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), who was serving as Chancellor of the University in 1953 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; Harold Pinter, who was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in 1998 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005; and Jean-Marie Gustave le Clézio, who studied English at Bristol in 1958-9, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2008. Bristol humanities graduates – such as authors Angela Carter and Deborah Moggach, actor Emily Watson, writer and filmmaker Asitha Ameresekere, and author and screenwriter David Nicholls – have had their talents recognised by a range of prestigious literary and cultural award-givers, including the Booker Prize, the BAFTAs, the Oliviers and the Oscars. Others feature in some of Britain’s most important media organisations – for example Charlotte Moore (the BBC) and Julie Myerson (the Guardian).

Our School has grown substantially over the last few years and your lecturers and tutors will include many young and exciting scholars from all over the world. Bristol - intimately urban, internationally cosmopolitan - is impossible to understand without its Humanities. We hope you will enjoy learning with us.

Martyn Powell
Head of School

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