Are you thinking of studying with us? Come and meet us this Saturday at our Open Day at Francis Close Hall and find out more about the English Literature BA Hons course, the School of Humanities, the staff and student life. You can opt for a degree in English Literature alone, or combine your literary study with Creative Writing, History, or Language. Take a tour around our campus and Library, talk to Student Ambassadors, and get a sense of our academic community. Teams from Student Finance and Accommodation will be there to answer your questions.
Francis Close Hall is a five-minute walk from Cheltenham town centre, and on Saturday, the international Cheltenham Literature Festival will be underway – one of the highlights of the autumn term. Plan on a visit to town and see how many writers, broadcasters and journalists you can spot on the walk between Imperial Gardens and Montpellier Promenade.
You can book your place by clicking on this link. We’re looking forward to meeting you.
The School of Humanities has been celebrating its long-standing connections with the Dymock Poets. The University Special Collections and Archives houses the Gloucestershire Poets, Writers and Artists Collection, and in June the School joined forces with the Edward Thomas Fellowship and Friends of Dymock Poets for a weekend conference, reported in the local press. Dr Debby Thacker (Senior Lecturer emerita, English Literature) gave a paper on how the Dymock poets allowed expression of the child’s voice in their work.
We’re excited to announce that the Humanities Student Research Conference takes place next Monday 8 July, at Park TC013, from 11:00- 3:00. Students who have pursued research on Humanities modules and beyond will present their findings to a wider audience. When we say that projects will range from Faust to Harry Potter, from horrible children’s history to postmodern dystopias, taking in Jane Austen and the Cornish landscape along the way, you’ll know that there is going to be plenty to talk about. We are delighted to have this chance to showcase undergraduate research expertise. The Conference is part of the University’s Celebration of Research and the Festival Fortnight.
Please join us for this superb conference, which includes a veggie buffet lunch. No booking is necessary. Everyone is welcome.
The complete programme can be seen here.
The School of Humanities is proud to host Tim Dee, the acclaimed nature writer, naturalist, BBC radio producer and broadcaster, at our latest Humanities Public Lecture on Thursday 19 February. Tim Dee works at the intersection between language and the natural world. His first book, The Running Sky (2009), meditates on a year’s birdwatching. The poet Kathleen Jamie credits Dee for sensitising her ear to the natural world, and remarks that ‘an outing with him is a lesson in listening; several poets owe what listening skills we have to Dee’s tuition’. * Four Fields (2013) reconfigures the field study as fields (of) study – of landscape, nature and cultural study – in Montana, Ukraine, Zambia and the Fens.
Tim Dee’s lecture on Thursday evening, ‘Atlantic Seaboard and Lodgings: Spring Seeking at the Edge of an Ocean’ explores a new project: a personal and poetic response to Spring. We hope very much you’ll join us for this special event. We’d like in particular to extend a warm welcome to our Applicant Day visitors who will have met us in the afternoon; please stay for the lecture and join us for a remarkable evening.
Book your place through the University’s Online Store, here.
Freshers are already beginning to arrive at the University. On Monday morning we meet our new students, our colleagues in learning. It is an exciting and anxious time all round. Will students feel at home? Will our lectures be ready for the first week of classes? Will it rain?
You may think that we are just arriving back ourselves after a long summer recess – on the contrary – but despite the hard work, September always energises us. For students, Induction week marks the beginning of three years of study in a new home town; for staff, the beginning of a productive, creative partnership. There’s a nice article in The Guardian that offers the staff perspective on Freshers’ week.
Have a great weekend. We’ll see you on Monday morning.
Dr Martin Randall reports on Professor Shelley Saguaro’s Inaugural Lecture:
Professor Shelley Saguaro’s Inaugural Lecture was hugely successful in bridging the gap between the personal and the scholarly. Indeed, her memories of her academic life were also something of a plotted (no pun intended) history of the Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire. The lecture also provided the audience with a Feminist reading of a number of women writers whose work has influenced Shelley over the years and these careful literary analyses reminded the audience of the absolute centrality of Humanities critical thinking. And finally, Shelley offered a persuasive and illuminating discussion on the deep, and surprising, connections between plants and politics.
You can watch a podcast of Shelley’s lecture here: https://hml.glos.ac.uk/Play/1900