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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We are proud of our internationally recognised research excellence, our dynamic research culture and the stimulating and imaginative learning experiences we make possible for our students. We are fortunate to have a wonderful shared resource in the Humanities Research Centre housed in the award-winning Berrick Saul Building, and we value both the quest for excellence and our collegiate life in all we do.

In the last Research Excellence Framework, 4 out of 8 of our departments were placed in the top 5 in the UK in their respective disciplines. In the 2021 Times Higher World University rankings, the Faculty was placed top 10 in the UK and 45th in the world. We hope you enjoy exploring our excellent individual departments and centres.

Professor Ambrose Field, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Departments and centres

Key information

All information as at 1 December 2017 (unless otherwise stated)

  Headcount FTE
Academic staff 221 207
Support staff 113 95
Research staff 56 50
Teaching staff 85 53
Research income £6.3m (2016/17 HESA data)  
PhD students 370 330
Taught postgraduates 655 585
Undergraduates 3270 3270

Dean and faculty support group

Professor Ambrose Field

+44 (0)1904 322005

Dr Tom Cantrell
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
+44 (0)1904 325236

Professor Richard Ogden
Associate Dean (Research)
+44 (0)1904 328123

Karen Jones
Faculty Finance Manager
+44 (0)1904 324051


Walter van Opstal
Head of Faculty Operations (A&H)

+44 (0)1904 324030

Geoff Harrison

Dr Geoff Harrison
Planning Officer
+44 (0)1904 324053

Dr Nancy Baines
Faculty Employability Manager
+44 (0)1904 324237

Dr Natalie Fullwood and Dr Helen Jones
Research Impact Managers (job share)
+44 (0)1904 328122
+44 (0)1904 321961

Jeannette Bollen-Mccarthy
Faculty Marketing Manager
+44 (0)1904 324197

Jane Harrison
PA to the Dean of Faculty
+44 (0)1904 323494