Professor Nick Kaye, College Dean
The College of Humanities carries out excellent research and teaching across a number of related disciplines. Our areas of expertise include Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film Studies, History, Modern Languages, Theology and Religion, and Visual Culture.
- Archaeology is 2nd for World Leading and Internationally Excellent Research in the UK (RAE 2008 based on percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*), and highly ranked for Archaeology in the league tables: 6th in The Times Good University Guide 2013; 5th in The Complete University Guide 2012
- Classics and Ancient History research is rated as 3rd best among UK universities when comparing the highest standard of world leading research, and ranked 4th for Classics in The Times Good University Guide 2013; and top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2012
- Drama ranked 1st for Drama in The Sunday Times (2011) and 4th for Drama in The Times Good University Guide 2013
- English ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading research with wide expertise, and in the UK’s top 10 for English in The Times Good University Guide 2013; The Complete University and Guardian guides 2012
- Film Studies is ranked 1st for Teaching and 5th for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2011)2
- History 95% of our research was rated as of international quality, with 60% of it falling into the top categories of 3* and 4*, and 20% being classified as ‘world leading’ (RAE 2008), and ranked in the UK’s top 10 for History in The Times Good University Guide 2012; The Complete University Guide 2012
- Modern Languages has 91% for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2011)3, and 2nd for Teaching for German in the National Student Survey (2011)4
- Theology and Religion came 1st for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2011)5: top 5 for the past 4 years and top 5 for Theology in the Guardian and The Times Good University Guides 2013
With around 265 staff, 3300 undergraduate students and 550 postgraduate students, we carry out research and teaching at the University’s campuses at Streatham and Cornwall. We believe our size and quality enable us to not only develop world leading research but also offer a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes that are dynamic, flexible, and taught with a high degree of commitment and skill.
On Exeter campus (Streatham), English, Film Studies and Modern Languages are located in the Queen's Building at the heart of the campus. It has recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation to enhance facilities. Drama is located in the The Alexander Building and White House at the Thornlea site which is short walk away from the main campus, and the Roborough Studios adjacent to Queens Building. The specialist practice spaces have had a £3.5 million redevelopment. Classics and Ancient History, History and Theology and Religion are based in the Amory building which boasts modern teaching and studying facilities. Archaeology is located in the Laver building at the heart of the campus and provides modern laboratories for experimental study.
Our research is world leading, and we host a rich variety of research centres and projects covering a wide range of issues and topics.
1RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*
2based on the average percentage of positive responses for Teaching for full service universities; based on the percentage of positive responses to Overall Satisfaction for full service universities
3the percentage of students who agreed they were satisfied
4based on the average percentage of positive responses for full service universities
5based on the percentage of positive responses for full service universities