Dr James Hudson - Programme Leader
Dr James Hudson is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Drama and English. His teaching and research is concerned with contemporary playwriting, British twentieth-century theatre, and the relationship between theatre and contemporary politics (particularly right-wing and reactionary politics). He is also the School Admissions Officer.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.
Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature may benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors. Previous speakers include the former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
Activities such as play readings, film showings and field trips also enhance students’ experience of literary studies and have included our annual visit to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.
The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts has led to the development of partnerships with other international institutions. We have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations in North America, with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships enable up to eight drama students per year to participate in an exchange programme, where they will study for a term at one of these partner institutions. These international exchange programmes can provide a fantastic opportunity for students to develop life skills, expand the breadth of their education, and enhance their employability upon graduation.
Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university, but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution.
Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.
Students undertaking an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.
If a period of study or placement abroad is a mandatory part of your degree, you may be entitled to extra funding. Students should direct enquiries to their funding body about this.
Students may also be able to apply to their Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.
As an extracurricular activity, students can join The Lincoln Company, a professional collaboration between students, staff, and practicing artists which performs existing and original works at venues across the country, including runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students who join the visit to Edinburgh are required to make a contribution towards costs.
The work of The Lincoln Company ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, and works year-round. Previous work we have toured includes Joe Orton's Loot, David Greig's The Cosmonaut's Letter to the Woman He Once Loved in the Soviet Union, and Michael Pinchbeck's Sit With Us For a Moment and Remember.
The Lincoln Company may also support graduate companies and artists as they embark on professional careers as theatre-makers. Graduate company The Backpack Ensemble, whose degree-show The Search For a Black-Browed Albatross won three awards at the 2018 National Student Drama Festival, are the most recent example of The Lincoln Company's work with graduating student groups.
Level 3 students, Sydney Vanderhoeven-Palmer from our Drama and English course and Caoimhe Shanahan-Peart from Drama and Theatre, share their experiences of studying, practice, and research, and tell us why they applied to Lincoln.
As part of the admissions process, Drama and English applicants will be invited to attend an interview. More information can be found within our Dance and Drama - Frequently Asked Questions.
Students can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre industry, including actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager, and technician. Graduates may pursue careers in related professions such as theatre making, directing, stage management, technical theatre, producing, marketing, and arts administration.
Graduates can also go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, the civil service, and communications. Some choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level, while others undertake qualifications in teaching
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At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.