On Studying English: The Student View

Student Bloggers

Share the student experience of English with the Subject Centre bloggers!

For seven weeks in 2010, six undergraduates blogged about their experiences of studying English. You can read an archive of their posts on the Subject Centre website..


Student Writing Competition

Every year the English Subject Centre asked students to write about their experience of studying English by entering a competition.  Some students wrote traditional essays and others responded with pieces of Creative Writing: both give prospective students a great  insight into what it's like to be an English or Creative Writing student. Have a look at some of the work produced by following the links below:

Cila Warncke

What do English or Creative Writing have to say to an age of austerity?

Winner: Cila Warncke, - University of Glasgow

Runner up:Robert Yeates, - Blackpool & the Fylde College


Phoebe Bown

A soft option? What is difficult about English studies or Creative Writing?

Winner: Phoebe Bown, - University of Glasgow

Runner up:Lara Clayton, - Blackpool & the Fylde College


Richard Patient

Why should UK taxpayers support you for three years to read novels, write poems or play with words?

Winner: Richard Patient, Southampton University

Runner up: Patrick Gillett, Cumbria University

Runner up: Ashley Lister, Blackpool and the Fylde College

Nicola Harlow

What makes a good English or Creative Writing lecturer?

Winner: Nicola Harlow, Manchester Metropolitan University

Runner up: Tom Hammond, Lancaster University


Michael Aicken

What advice would you give to students starting your course?

Winner: Michael Aicken, Open University

Runner up: Greg Dean, St Martin's College, Lancaster