Year 12 Students Experienced English at Leeds

On the 14th February, Year 12 students joined us on campus for our Experience English at Leeds event – a day that gives students insight into life as an English undergraduate here at Leeds.

We were joined by school groups from Roundhay School, Woodkirk Academy and Allerton Grange, as well as students who booked onto the event individually, making their own way to campus from as far as Sheffield and Derbyshire!

After a welcome to the event by Dr Jane Rickard from the School of English, the day began with a lecture on Representations of Women in 19th Century Literature from our post-graduate student Mary Chapman.

Our visitors then chose from seminars and workshops in Literature, Language, Creative Writing and Theatre Studies, delivered by academics from the Schools of English, in more intimate groups of 10-15. These sessions gave students the chance to learn more about their interests and explore the nuances in the different courses offered at Leeds.

Then it was lunchtime (on us of course!) in the Students’ Union, followed by a campus tour from our Student Ambassadors. In order to give students a chance to ask all of the questions that the day had provoked, the afternoon consisted of a series of presentations and Q+As facilitated by our current students about studying English at Leeds, student life and where a degree in English might lead as well as our Access to Leeds alternative admissions scheme.

One student commented: “I found the lecture and seminar really useful, as they gave me proper insight into what English Literature is like at university. The afternoon activity gave me the chance to ask specific questions that I was able to get the answers to.”

Another mentioned: “The event gave me good insight into life as an English student and it was great having very insightful and helpful student ambassadors.”

If you’re interested in joining us on campus, or would like our ambassadors/post-graduate students to deliver a workshop in your school, check out our events page, or email us at