Stephen Hodge, Head of Drama
- Top 3 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
- Top 100 worldwide for Drama (QS World University Rankings 2017)
79% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent1
- 5th for Drama in the National Student Survey 20162
- 22 fully-funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
- Over £950,000 external research funding awarded over the last 4 years
- Superb industry standard drama facilities
Message from the Head of Drama, Stephen Hodge
Drama at Exeter is an internationally-renowned centre for practice, research and teaching. We have maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching and student satisfaction. We are currently 1st for Drama in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 and have been 1st in the National Student Survey (NSS) on 5 separate occasions.
We host three Research Centres within the Department: the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices; the Centre for Performance, Sciences and Community; and the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures.
Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging research interests and we provide a supportive and high quality environment for learning. We are one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK (with over twenty permanent staff, eleven practice studios, and over a dozen other seminar, workshop and multimedia spaces) and offer a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from all around the world.
We are well connected internationally, for example, through our split-site scholarship programme with NIAS, Bangalore and exchanges with Austin, Texas.
The Department has a lively tradition of research and creative activity and many members of staff generate Practice-as-Research. We work with external artists and theatre companies to produce research-based theatre and performance. Students benefit from collaborations with organisations such as the Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, local and national theatre companies, and public sector bodies such as hospitals, prisons and schools. We have strong links with the wider theatre industry, and graduate companies include significant Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, such as Theatre Alibi, Forced Entertainment and Punchdrunk.
Head of Drama
1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*and 3*
2 Based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities