Come to our Open Day at FCH on Saturday 22 November

If you are thinking about studying for a degree in English Literature, please visit us at the Francis Hall Close campus this Saturday 22 November. You’ll meet tutors and students from English Literature and other Humanities courses and learn what it’s like to study with us. We can also guide you through those very important questions about accommodation, funding, and support.  To find out more, please click here.  Take a look at our English Literature Course map to see the modules we offer currently.

 

We can’t promise sunshine, but who cares?  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

http://www.glos.ac.uk/open/Pages/OpenDays.aspx

Come and meet us at the Open Day, Saturday 25 October

Do please come and visit us on Saturday 25 October at Francis Close Hall. All the details, and how to book a place, are here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/open/Pages/OpenDays.aspx; but a booking’s not necessary – just bring yourselves along. Share a coffee and chocolate chip cookie with us and find out what it’s like to immerse yourself in English Literature in Cheltenham.

Gather in the Chapel….

Join us for our Open Day on Saturday 28 June

As summer gets underway, we look forward to welcoming you to our Open Day on Saturday 28 June. To find out more, and to book a place, click here. Even if you haven’t booked, do please drop by.

To see how our courses look, and the modules we currently offer, look at the course map for English Literature, for English Literature and Creative Writing, for English Literature and History, and English Literature and Language. Scroll up to the tabs on the top of this page to see our Flickr album and our new video blog.

We hope to meet you tomorrow, rain or shine.

Open Day at Francis Close Hall, Saturday 7 December

Please join us for our last Open Day before Christmas on Saturday 7 December.  Francis Close Hall is the Gothic bit of the University, a five-minute walk from the town centre. Take a virtual tour of Francis Close Hall here.

You can find out about English Literature, English Literature and Creative Writing, and our other Humanities courses, including English Language and Linguistics; History; Religion, Philosophy and Ethics [RPE] and Theology and Religious Studies [TRS].

You’ll meet some of the staff team, and people from Finance and Accommodation are on hand to answer your questions. Best of all, you’ll meet current students who can talk with you about what it’s like to study with us. Our friendly Student Ambassadors will take you on a campus tour and are also happy to chat about life and work at the University of Gloucestershire.

Please take a look at our course maps for English Literature and English Literature and Creative Writing to see the modules we offer (clicking on the module titles will bring up full descriptors and links to reading lists). And finally, this blog features posts on student activities, our research, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, our Humanities Public Lecture series and anything else of a literary nature that captures our imaginations as lifelong readers and writers. Please scroll through.

Standing room only at the English Literature talks on Saturday!

We are delighted that so many people came to visit us on Saturday. And yes, we need a bigger, better room for the English Literature talks – we’ll work on it. To all our visitors, thanks for your patience and forebearance. Thanks also to our Student Representatives and Ambassadors who contributed so much to the talks and, we hope, made your visit worthwhile.

If you visited us on November 9, please feel free to post a comment.

Open Day on Saturday 9 November at Francis Close Hall

Please join us for our second Autumn Open Day on Saturday 9 November. The October Open Day went fabulously well, particularly since the sun came out in time for lunch. We are hoping to be as lucky again with the weather.  Francis Close Hall is the Gothic bit of the University, a five-minute walk from the town centre. Take a virtual tour of Francis Close Hall here.

You can find out about English Literature, English Literature and Creative Writing, and our other Humanities courses, including English Language and Linguistics; History; Religion, Philosophy and Ethics [RPE] and Theology and Religious Studies [TRS].

You’ll meet some of the staff team, and people from Finance and Accommodation are on hand to answer your questions. Best of all, you’ll meet current students who can talk with you about what it’s  like to study with us. Our friendly Student Ambassadors (trying not to freeze in blue sweatshirts) will take you on a campus tour and are also happy to chat about life and work at the University of Gloucestershire.

Please take a look at our course maps for English Literature and  English Literature and Creative Writing  to see the modules we offer (clicking on the module titles will bring up full descriptors and links to reading lists).  And finally, this blog features posts on student activities, our research, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and anything else of a literary nature that captures our imaginations as lifelong readers and writers. Please scroll through.

We hope to see you next Saturday.

Open Day at Francis Close Hall, Saturday 12 October

Our Open Day for English Literature and all Humanities subjects, including Creative Writing, English Language, History, Religion Philosophy and Ethics [RPE] and Theology and Religious Studies [TRS] takes place this coming Saturday. We are based at Francis Close Hall, the Gothic bit, very close to the town centre. Take a virtual tour of the campus.

As well meeting some of the English Literature staff team, you will be able to talk to people about  accommodation at the university, finance, and admissions. You’ll also have the chance to meet some of our current students, too; after all, they are best placed to talk about what it’s like to study with us.

Do please look at the range of modules we offer. Click on our ‘course maps’ for the BA Hons degree in English Literature and English Literature and Creative Writing, . You can also combine English Literature with History or English language. Click on the course  here for maps.

Do you ever wonder what kinds of things we study? The answer is that we’re interested in everything to do with the cultural and literary life. Please take a look at some of our blog posts.

Our friendly Student Ambassadors will be on hand to show you around and take you on a tour of the campus, Library, and halls of residence. They know everything one could possibly know about student life at the University of Gloucestershire (ask them).

Let’s hope the nice weather holds. Whatever the day brings, we look forward very much to meeting you on Saturday. Please join us.

School of Humanities Applicant Day, 27 March

Our visitors made heroic efforts last Wednesday to get to the University of Gloucestershire through snowdrifts and Siberian breezes.  Once they got here safely, and thawed out, we had a great day of meeting, talking, and learning. We run a couple of Applicant Days each year as special information and learning events for students who have accepted a place with us but want to find out more about what we’re like. The Head of Humanities, Dr Shelley Saguaro, welcomed students, parents and friends before we split into course groups for taster sessions. We try to give students a sense of what they’ll experience in the classroom in their first year of study. It’s quite an adjustment for students to go from the periphery of learning to its centre; social as well as academic skills are required.

The English Literature session, ‘Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ and the Politics of Romantic Poetry’ asked students to think about Blake’s well-known but never-understood poem ‘Jerusalem’. This hymnlike poem appears in the Preface to a much longer epic poem, Milton (composed c. 1804-11).  The second odd point is that far more people have heard the poem than read it. Hubert Parry set it to music in 1916, and it was adopted by the Suffragette movement. English (not always British) people like to sing it at various national events, from football to the Womens Institute AGM, and of course every year at the Last Night of the Proms.

But is the poem a statement of triumph, or a warning? Students noted that the poem seemed full of ironies, that it contained folkloric elements that perhaps suggested a popular mode, or an anti-style. Until lunchtime, we began a conversation that will not end, but will continue to open up inquiry indefinitely.

 
 

Student input is such an important part of the day for potential students, and we’ve been so lucky this year to have the help of three eloquent third-year students, Matt Butcher, Amy Hall and Mike Jordan. Amy joined Debby Thacker and Shelley for a Q & A session with parents; and after lunch, Mike  kindly took time away from writing his dissertation on Raymond Chandler’s novels to speak to students and parents about the experience of studying English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. Mike, and Matt on a previous occasion, put everyone at their ease with candid responses and personal testimony. And they are such pros to work with, for which we give them our special thanks.
 
As the event broke up at around 2:30, we wished everyone a safe journey home. We’ll see them, we hope, in September.  Thanks to everyone who gave up their day to visit us.