From module choices, to dissertation topics, to staff support, our past and current students share their experiences of what it's really like to study English at Nottingham.
Maddi Maya, second-year BA English
I struggle to just do one thing all the time, so I like that it feels like a more specific version of A levels. It’s still all English, but you’re doing different subjects at the same time. I really like that. It really works well for me.
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Charlotte Emma Jones, MA English Studies
I’ve enjoyed coming to my masters having already been a student at Nottingham. I already know the ins and outs of it. You’re given a lot of independent work but it’s rewarding. You know what you’re doing, you’re getting the right answers and you’re pushing yourself, with the help of your professors.
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Anna Wallace, Assistant Production Coordinator for BBC's His Dark Materials
BA English graduate (2018)
The most important characteristic of anyone working in TV is that you have to get on with people – you won’t be asked back or recommended for jobs otherwise! You don’t get to choose who you work with, and you’ve got to be able to adapt and work in a way that best fits each team you join.
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Rob Temple, Freelance journalist and author
BA English and Philosophy graduate (2005)
They’re both about how we live our lives. Philosophy is the most concentrated version of that, and English is the poetic version. If you want to write a book, then usually you need to know how people think. Relatability is key for my Very British Problems writing.
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Olivia French, Marketing and Communications Manager at HarperCollins Publishers
BA English with Creative Writing graduate (2014)
One of the skills that’s definitely useful in my job, is knowing how to communicate with different stakeholders. If I’m talking to an editor about a book, I’m going to have a different conversation with them than I would have with the author.
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