We combine scholarly and creative disciplines to form one of Australia's most active departments of the arts and humanities. Our multidisciplinary nature fosters a vibrant culture that values diversity of thought, rigorous analysis and the creative process.
With nationally and internationally recognised research strengths in literary studies, visual arts, Indigenous studies, linguistics, communication and media practice, we embrace opportunities for interdisciplinary work and innovate in applying digital technology to the humanities.
We offer one of the largest internship programs in the university, giving students the opportunity to enhance their academic studies by engaging with professional organisations and practitioners. Placements are available in Sydney and overseas, with affiliated galleries, media outlets, public relations firms and theatre companies. Learn more about our internships and placements.
Presented by the Department of English, the biennial Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award is funded by the generous bequest of a former student of the University – Helen Anne Bell.
A $40,000 prize will be offered to the recipient for her collection of poems reflecting Australian culture. The winning collection will be published by Vagabond Press.
Entries for the 2021 Award are now closed. The winner will be announced in November 2021.
The David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize has been made possible by a generous gift to the university by David Harold Tribe, author and humanist, to promote interest in Australian fiction and to encourage the writing of fiction in Australia.
The prize of $12,000 is for an original unpublished work of fiction on any theme, between 3000–5000 words in length. The prize is open to anyone normally resident in Australia.
The prize will be awarded again in 2024.