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Humanities Conference

Date: Thursday 2nd December 2021

Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm

Venue: St Mary’s University and Strawberry Hill House

The Humanities are becoming increasingly undervalued as important and necessary disciplines that develop not just the individual but society as a whole.

This conference celebrates the skills that an A level and a degree in the Humanities can give a student, and it contemplates and celebrates qualifications that prepare a student not for one career but for a multitude of careers through relevant and transferable skills such as free-thinking, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.


  • 10am: Registration and coffee
  • 10.30-10.45am: Welcome from the Institute of Theology & Liberal Arts (Dr Kim Salmons)
  • 10.45-11.15am: 'The Gothic Novel: Three ways of Reading Frankenstein' (Dr Sarah Burdett)
  • 11.15-11.45am: Campus Tour
  • 11.45am-12.15pm: 'Immigration and Citizenship in Post-War Britain' (Dr Mark Donnelly)
  • 12.15-12.45pm: Parallel sessions
    • Session A: Perfecting your Personal Statement (Meg Griessel)
    • Session B: Preparing for uni life (Student Ambassador)
  • 12.30-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-1.15pm: Move to Strawberry Hill House
  • 1.15-1.45pm: What are the Liberal Arts? (Dr Stewart McCain)
  • 1.45-2.45pm: Creative and Professional Writing workshops (Dr Russell Schechter)
  • 1.45-2.45pm: Tours of Strawberry Hill House
  • 2.45-3pm: Final Questions and end of day


Get involved in our Humanities writing competition: write a 500-750 word response to the question Why are the Humanities important?

First prize is £250, with five runners up receiving £50 each.

Please send entries for English Literature to and for History to


The Humanities Conference is designed specifically for sixth-form and college students who are interested in the Humanities subjects.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

The event will be a fun filled day and help to prepare students for the next steps in their educational journey.

Lunch will be provided.

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