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About us

The School of Humanities comprises the Departments of Classics, English, History, and Languages, Literatures and Cultures and is led by Professor Giuliana Pieri, Head of School, and an Executive team. We are located in the International Building on the Egham campus of Royal Holloway, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX.

Learn more about the School of Humanities

  • Professor Giuliana Pieri, Head of School
  • Professor Anna Whitelock, Deputy Head of School and Head of Department of History
  • Professor Richard Alston, Head of Department of Classics
  • Professor Sarah Wright, Director of Equality and Diversity and Head of Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture
  • Professor Ruth Livesey, Head of Department of English
  • Professor Jane Hamlett, Director of Research
  • Dr Vicky Greenaway, Director of Undergraduate Education
  • Dr Prue Bussey-Chamberlain, Director of Student Experience
  • Professor Finn Fordham, Director of Recruitment
  • Dr Matthew Smith, Director of External Engagement
  • Dr Danielle Sands, Director of Postgraduate Research Education
  • Professor Tim Armstrong, Director of Postgraduate Taught Education
  • Dr James Smith, Chair of School Undergraduate Exam Board
  • Louise Mackay, School Manager

School Strategy

Our vision for the School is to become a leading provider of flexibly delivered taught programmes that are global in perspective, accessible by design, and which provide students with the skills and experiences required for the future of work.

Our School will continue to provide international leadership in research and teaching on the historic past, critical present, and creative futures. We will develop our work on global, as well as local heritage, on world literature and the digital, and on culture, capital, creativity for a compelling programme in public humanities with international reach and appeal.

Building on our reputation for excellence in individual-led research, we will develop our identity as a pioneer of challenge-led, collaborative ‘engaged humanities’ research, responsive to societal challenges and committed to principles of social justice, equality and diversity.

Through its research, teaching, and collaboration and co-creation with the arts and heritage sectors, the School of Humanities will enrich communities, support schools and champion participative democracy, social justice, and human rights, locally, regionally, and across the UK.

Click here to read our full School Strategy.

Advisory Board

Dill Anstey, Vice-Principal, Federation Sixth Form, Harris Federation

Iain Bennett, Cultural and Creative Sector Consultant

Barbara Bleiman, Education Consultant, The English and Media Centre

Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive of the Heritage Alliance

Owen Gower, Director of the UK Council for Graduate Education

Edmund Newell, Chief Executive, Cumberland Lodge

Tom O’Leary, Director of Public Engagement, Historic Royal Palaces

Jennie Orme, Head of Collections Expertise and Engagement, The National Archives

Baroness Usha Prashar, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords

Steve Tibble, Strategic Communications Consultant

Alex Werner, Lead Curator (New Museum), Museum of London

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