Welcome to the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies (EDACS)

Dear First Year Student,

A very warm welcome to you, from me and all the teaching and support staff in the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies! We are delighted to see you embarking on your degree studies at Birmingham, and wish you every success in your time here. 

As a student in the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies you will belong to a home department or centre – (English Literature, English Language and Applied Linguistics, Drama, or American and Canadian Studies). Your programme administration and welfare concerns are managed through your home department and many of the social events and societies are department based. These departments work together as a school to broaden the choices of study available to you and to ensure the quality of your education. As a student in the school of EDACS we hope you will take advantage of the opportunities to be involved in cross schools activities, meeting with staff and students in other departments. 

The next three or four years will be tremendously important to you. Every week you will be learning new things, developing as a person and in your studies, and with luck you will make life-long friendships here. It is our privilege to share these critical years with you.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at one or another of the events and social functions organised by different departments during the first semester.  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your first weeks in the university.

Dr Helen Laville
Head of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

Events Timetable for Welcome Week

(22 September – 26 September 2014)

Your schedule for welcome week has been sent to you directly by letter to your home address/via email. These can also be found online by selecting your programme from the welcome events timetable on the University’s Welcome 2014 website at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/welcome/events

If, for any reason, you have missed any of your meetings or activities then please contact your departmental office:

American and Canadian Studies (ACS): Mags Conway, M.Conway@bham.ac.uk, 0121 414 5740 in the ACS Office, room 415, 4th floor, Arts Building.

Drama and Theatre Arts: Jayne Smith, J.A.Smith@bham.ac.uk, 0121 414 5998. Selly Oak Visual Arts Centre (SOVAC) reception, Selly Oak Campus.

English: Cindy Phull, B.Phull@bham.ac.uk 0121 414 4336, in the English Office, Room 155 on first floor, Arts Building.

Skills for University

You will certainly find differences in the way that you study at university compared with your previous learning experiences.  These resources may be helpful as part of your preparation for university:

School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies Website

Advice from our graduates