The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is an extensive, multidisciplinary faculty embracing Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We are home to Manchester School of Art, the second oldest art school in the country, Manchester School of Architecture, which is consistently in the global top 10 in the QS rankings, and the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful literary centres in the UK.
Our unique configuration of disciplines provides significant opportunities for staff and students to find creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges and to produce original work through co-creation with our partners and external communities. Our vision is to be an incubator for the next generation of artists, writers and designers in the context of Manchester as a global centre for arts and culture, building on our heritage and esteemed alumni base to nurture the talent of the future and be at the cutting edge in our research and creative outputs.
Our impactful research is valued. We achieved outstanding REF2014 impact scores across the faculty, with 100% of research impact in English, History and Sociology being rated as internationally excellent or world leading (putting English in 8th position nationally), Sociology in 10th place and History in the top 20; the School of Art was ranked 6th overall in research power rankings. We have specialist research strengths in Poetry, Crafts, Urban Architecture, Fashion Technology, Design for Living, Policy Evaluation, Arts for Health, Public History and Heritage, Creative Geographies and Youth Studies.
We are well respected. The School of Art is placed in the top 20 ranking in all major league tables and hosts the fifth largest research community in art and design in the UK and our School of Architecture is listed in the top 10 architectural schools globally. The Manchester Writing School is the largest in the country with the Poet Laureate, Professor Carol Ann Duffy, as the Creative Director. Fashion is an emerging strength in the faculty, with global connections and interdisciplinary partnerships with research activities across the university and our new School of Fashion consolidates all of our Fashion portfolio into one School to create an exciting opportunity to develop this portfolio even further.
We believe in the creative possibilities of difference. Our exceptional collection of world-leading creatives, working alongside journalists, architects, designers, performers and social scientists on understanding and addressing local and global challenges through creativity and ingenuity sets us apart from many other academic communities, and this is what makes our faculty special. Our investment in a new Arts and Humanities Building, which will include a theatre and a Poetry Library facilitating the writing and performance of new work –including Musical Theatre in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music – will enable us to take this to a new level.
Our investment in a new School of Digital Arts (SODA), which will bring together creativity, collaboration and partnership with industry stakeholders and science and business disciplines within an Art School context, will open in 2021.
This faculty provides some exciting opportunities for anyone who wants to think big, work differently and bring disciplines together to create something new.