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Mental Health Awareness in the English Department

Becky Cameron is known for sending out emails. In fact, any English student’s emails are most definitely 60% Becky Cameron, which I say with the utmost fondness – especially after the day she organised on the 12th of March 2020. I always find myself a little sceptical of Mental Health Awareness week. It sometimes feels …

A Guide to Fresher’s Fear

Freshers week. A few months ago these two simple words would make me feel an all-encompassing sense of dread. Even voicing the phrase was enough to make my mouth dry up a little. However, at present, I can proudly state I am a true survivor of this worrisome week and am offering to share some …

Working in a Bookshop

This blog was written by first year English student, Sasha Gardner. Established in 1797, Hatchards in Piccadilly is the oldest bookshop in London. With customers ranging from Oscar Wilde to Bill Nighy, Hatchards holds three royal warrants and is, undoubtedly, the fanciest bookshop around. For three years, I have been lucky enough to work as …

Three Nottingham Libraries that Offer More than Books

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell.  I adore books as much as the next English student, so libraries are often my favourite places to be. Many of Nottingham’s fantastic libraries offer much more than just books, though! They are host to events and workshops, historical tours, and …

Swapping Sonnets For Skis

This blog was written by first year English student, Harriet Mills. After an intense start to University, on the last day of term, I decided to ditch the metaphors for the mountains. I grabbed the essentials, my skis and a warm coat and embraced the 24-hour coach journey to Avoriaz with the snow sports society. …

Reading for Fun

This blog was written by second year English student, Megan Bowie. As an English student, one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is read. However, with large reading lists and minimal time sometimes finding the time for recreational reading can sometimes be difficult. With deadlines approaching, I found myself one evening …

Arts in the Community

This blog was written by second year English with Creative Writing student, Bethany Mitchell. I am currently enrolled in the ‘Arts in the Community’ Nottingham Advantage Award module at Lakeside Arts. The module focuses on volunteering in gallery education alongside Lakeside staff, providing learning opportunities to the public in a gallery environment, encouraging visitors to …

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 …

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 …