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In Praise of the Notebook

This blog post was written by final year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell. In a culture where electronic note-taking becomes ever more prevalent, I find myself reflecting on the simple pleasures of the notebook. When we write or make notes on laptops, tablets, or even phones, we erase our thoughts and ideas moments …

Life as a ‘lecturer’

How do academics also act as a support network, both academically and personally, within the School of English at the University of Nottingham? Given the opportunity to partake in a period of work experience at the termination of my year 12 studies I opted to spend the week within the School of English at the …

Discourse analysis, dissertations and dystopian fiction

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Emily Patel. In just over a week, my second year at university will be over. I know I’ve repeated this in my previous blogs, but it’s hard to believe it has gone by so quickly! All my coursework has been handed in so …

Looking Back: 5th Change Agents Network Conference

This blog post was written by (2+2) English Language and Literature student, Yangyang Zheng. Last year in Easter, I flew from China to Exeter, UK for the Change Agents Network (CAN) conference with one of my team members, Sonia (Lexiao PENG). Our group focused on changing the Reading Circle program to be student-led and student-oriented and …

Tips and Tricks to Help You Stay Motivated During Exam Time

This blog post was written by second year English student, Jaya Prabhakar. Whether you have exams, coursework deadlines or both coming up, it’s safe to say that the exam period can be a stressful time and, like many of you reading this I’m sure, in the past I have struggled with the task of staying …

Harry Potter and the Library of Nostalgia

This blog post was written by first year English student, Polly Moss. Having reread the first Harry Potter book over Easter for my course, I was struck both by how nostalgic the book made me, as well as how far it was possible to continue to appreciate the series as both a child and as …

Book review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Emily Patel. I don’t read much for pleasure outside of my studies, sadly, but going on holiday recently gave me the chance to delve into a book. I got a few books for Christmas, and I decided to start with ‘Never Let Me …

Volunteering at the Nottingham Debating Union

This blog post was written by (2+2) English Language and Literature student, Yangyang Zheng. I was introduced to British Parliamentary Style Debate in my first year at UNNC. I joined the Nottingham Debating Union China (NDUC), and later, in my second year, became its president. Debating has always been a great way to force me to …

The End of My Raleigh Experience

This blog post was written by third year English student, Anna Parry. It is nearly six months now since I’ve been home from my ten weeks volunteering abroad in Tanzania, Africa with Raleigh International. The experience that I had was incredible, a summer I will never forget. Looking back now, it seems that I lived …

Book Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This blog post was written by second year English student, Jaya Prabhakar. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has been recommended to me multiple times, so finally I sat down and began reading it…and couldn’t stop. The novel chronicling Humbert Humbert’s ‘passion’ for Lolita is as engaging as it is disconcerting. Avoiding spoilers, the novel is written from …