It has been a delight to edit this compilation of student essays which showcases the enthusiasm, energy and passion for research which is a hallmark of English Literature students at the University of Gloucestershire.
‘HM5000: The Scholarly Research Project’ ran for the first time in 2013-2014, focusing on the transformative nature of research. A key part of the research process is sharing your finding with others. Students were keen that they, too, should have the opportunity to publish their own research once the module was completed. So it was agreed that the best twelve essays would be selected for an in-house publication. In typical academic fashion this has been rather protracted, but this in itself, has given students an insight into the realities of academic research!
The essays in the bound volume (pictured) are an example of the excellent research skills of the second year English Literature cohort from 2013-2014 – now about to graduate! They display the students’ interest in a remarkable range of writers and of genres, spanning Lewis Carroll to Charles Bukowski, and Fairy Tale to Absurdist Theatre. Most of all, these Scholarly Research Projects reveal the lively minds and commitment to learning of their undergraduate authors which is such a joy to witness and remains a privilege to teach.
I look forward to seeing the edited volume from HM5000 2014-2015 – the papers presented at the HM5000 conference were super. Now, your readers await!
Photo: Dr Rebecca Bailey