Friday, 14 February 2014

Welcome to our Humanities Applicant Day, Wednesday 19 February

The School of Humanities Applicant Day takes place on Wednesday 19 February from 12:30pm at the Francis Close Hall campus, five minutes from Cheltenham town centre. Join us to learn more about the University of Gloucestershire, its facilities, and what it's like to live and work in Cheltenham. Help is on hand from Accommodation, the Money Advice team, the Student Achievement team and other student services, and our excellent Student Ambassadors, all of whom are currently studying with us.

You'll take part in a subject workshop designed to give a sense of what it's like to study at degree level with us. English Literature and English Literature applicants will be thinking about that creative genius of English writing, William Blake.

Applicant Days offer the ideal way to find out about our courses, to get the feel of the place, to meet students and lecturers. Click here for more information and details of how to book your place; you can also email or telephone 0844 846 4 846.  We look forward very much to seeing you on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A letter from a recent English Literature graduate

Graduates are lifelong members of the University. We love to hear from our former students and find out what they're doing now. Here's a letter from Mike Jordan BA (Hons) English Literature, class of 2013.

Mike's fantasy front room.
Hi, my name is Mike Jordan, and I’ve just recently graduated from the University of Gloucestershire after three years of my English Literature BA (which I really enjoyed).

Towards the end of my final year, I had received an email asking if I was interested in doing any voluntary work for the Wychwood festival; working with Waterstones as part of the children’s literature event. The summer holidays in between studies are long, and I thought this would be a great experience to put my degree to good use. And I’m glad I did- as not only did I have a great time meeting the authors and learning a bit about children’s literature,  I was very fortunate in later getting a job with Waterstones; which I’m thoroughly enjoying and hope to take further as a career as a bookseller.

For anyone thinking of volunteering for anything or wondering what opportunities are out there that can help tie in with their own degrees after their studies, I would say to ask their lecturers and see if they know any contacts in the fields you are interested in. My lecturers were a constant support to me; and I know that without the contacts that my lecturers have had with these booksellers for example, this opportunity would not have been possible.

What I would say is keep looking out for these opportunities for voluntary work and do apply to them. Amongst having some fun experiences of your own, you never know what path they might lead to for your career.