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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 …

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 …

Hold the Vision, Trust the Process

This blog post was written by third year Classical Civilisation and English student, Rosanna Bell. When people would say ‘university years are the best years of your life’, I took it as pressure to make it so. Suddenly, in my third and final year, I’m increasingly questioning whether my university experience will fulfil this expectation. …

I’m a Souprunner: An Invaluable Way to Volunteer Your Time

This blog post was written by third year English student, Anna Parry. Like many students at University, I wanted to volunteer my time and give something back to my community. For a year I convinced myself that it would be too difficult; too time consuming; and that my help wasn’t wanted or needed. It wasn’t …

Reflection on a Year as an Intern

This blog post was written by third year English student, Emily Harbottle. It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for work experience and internships whilst at University, and is often a very daunting task, especially considering the likelihood of repeated rejection. When I decided to apply for a placement with Catena …

From A Level to Degree Level

Hi, my name’s Chris, I’m an A level student studying in Nottingham. For my work experience I spent a week in the School Of English. During my time here I had the opportunity to speak to staff about studying English at university, finding out information which I couldn’t find anywhere else. I thought this would …

The t-rex-perience my English degree gave me to enter the lost world of digital marketing

Why the dinosaur puns? Those prehistoric creatures helped to train my English academic skills into digital marketing abilities, through a placement which the University of Nottingham’s School of English arranged. This is the story of how a bewildered English student became a digital marketing executive at a leading agency. It’s a fact that many people …

5 Minutes with Elizabeth Ingham

This blog post was written by third year English student, Elizabeth Ingham. It originally appeared in the Manuscripts and Special Collections newsletter, Discover. You can view the full issue here. Which course are you studying here at the University? I’m doing an English BA degree. Why did you apply for a Student Placement in Manuscripts …

Becoming a Learning Leader

This blog post was written by second year English and Philosophy student, Ayisha Sharma. The question ‘So you’re going to be a teacher then?’ has become almost as common a fixture in the life of an English student as critical analysis and thematic essays. I’m a Joint Honours student studying English and Philosophy, and in …

Student Volunteering: The Literacy Support Project

This blog post was written by first year English student, Georgina Pittman. Quite honestly, I was overwhelmed by the variety of pathways available for volunteering at the University when I arrived in September 2016. I was, however, certain I wanted to work towards obtaining the Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA). The Literacy Support Project (LSP) immediately stood …