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Interested in studying English at University Centre Shrewsbury? Programme Leader Lucy Andrew shares her thoughts on why you should come along to our upcoming Open Day.


What are your tips for attending an Open Day?

“It’s a good idea to take some notes – particularly if you’re attending several open days. This means that you’ll have a clear idea of what each course offers and you won’t end up confusing one course with another!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, however specific they might be. This is a chance for you to find out whether a course is suitable for your needs and preferences. Also, make sure that you take staff contact details on the day – that way, you can contact staff after the event if you have any questions that you didn’t get chance to ask on the day.

You might want to come with a few pre-prepared questions to get you started.

Attend subject-specific sessions as these will give you a chance to speak to the people who are running the courses and will give you a real sense of what it’s like to study your chosen degree course.”


What can people find out about the course on an Open Day?

“You can find out all sorts of things about the course: what topics you’ll study; what books you’ll read; how you’ll be taught; how you’ll be assessed; class sizes; workload; extracurricular opportunities; what you can do with your degree.

In our English Literature subject sessions, we’ll give you a complete overview of the course and a flavour of some of the areas you might study and how you might study them. You’ll also be given an insight into the research expertise of some of our lecturers.

Most importantly, you can find out whether the English degree at University Centre Shrewsbury is the right course for you.”


What is your favourite part of your job?

“I love sharing my research passions with my students. This year, I’m running two new modules – Criminal Fictions and Young Adult Fiction – based on my research specialisms. We’ll be looking at all sorts of exciting texts – including the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins and, of course, J. K. Rowling! But the course allows me to engage with a wide range of literature: Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontës, Dickens. And the best part of the job is seeing what the students make of it all!”


What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the university?

“Launching my new book, The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature, through the university’s public events programme and drawing on my research from this book for my Children’s Literature module.”


What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

“We’re small and supportive this means that we’re able to focus on each and every one of our students. We know our students very well. We listen to their individual and collective needs and we do everything we can to ensure that every student’s learning experience is unique and that everyone gets the support they need. The students are also incredibly supportive of each other and they are a joy to teach!”


Why should people come to an Open Day?

“Open Days are the closest you can get to a real university experience. Exploring the facilities and speaking to the staff will tell you far more about a university and a course than any website or prospectus can. An Open Day might give you the answer to that all important question: can you see yourself joining us? We certainly hope so!”


Our Open Day is taking place Saturday 19th October. You can book your place here.

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