For the love of the Gothic Revival

Dr Ayla Lepine explains how she started studying History and English in Canada and ended up in The University of Nottingham Art History department.  When I began my BA at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada I was unshakably determined that I would complete a double major in History and English Literature and …

Philosophy is not only good in theory

I wrote the very first blog in the Study What You Love campaign and emphasised love of the subject as the best reason to choose a degree course. I think philosophy has huge intrinsic value and appeals to our natural sense of wonder. As I mentioned, however, this is perfectly consistent with a philosophical training …

From studying something you don’t love to studying something you do

Dr Nathan Waddell, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University, on studying something he didn’t love, studying something he did — and that making all the difference…  Although many people will want to tell you that it’s vital to have your career trajectory mapped out from an early age in perfect sequence, life …

Why study Vikings?

Nottingham’s Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies, has always loved and will always love Vikings — and that’s why she studied them and continues to do so. Why do I love the Vikings? Let me recount the reasons. They were bold and heroic. They built and sailed efficient and beautiful ships. They crossed the Atlantic …

Studying Culture, Film and Media

Eva Giraud, Lecturer in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area studies Something important to remember is that choosing the right degree for you is not just about studying what you love, but going into a job that you love, and it’s been really rewarding to see some of our recent graduates embarking on careers …

Why study Physiology?

Dr Danny McLaughlin, Associate Professor in Physiology. As a teenager in Scotland my choice of subjects was considered slightly unusual.  Not many people twinned two sciences with two languages at O grade (GCSE to those of you from the ‘English’ education system).  Fewer still continued with a language (Italian) and two sciences (Biology and Chemistry) …

Why study Archaeology?

Dr Will Bowden, Associate Professor in Roman Archaeology Like many people, I have always been fascinated by the past, and my childhood imagination was fired by stories of Tutankhamun’s treasure or the mysteries of Stonehenge.  I never had any idea that you could make a career out of this interest, although as a teenager that …

Why study Philosophy?

It was love of the subject that led me to study philosophy. I doubt I could have done well at university without that. Although I didn’t understand exactly what philosophy was, I had a sense that it was interesting and important. The world seemed full of fundamental mysteries and it was only in philosophy that …