English Futures

English Futures is a programme designed to inspire and support Year 12 students interested in studying English at university. Through taking part in our series of online sessions, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a taster lecture as well as seminars which will reflect the diverse curriculum offered at the University. They’ll also meet current students and academics and find out all about life studying English at Leeds as well as explore the career opportunities available to graduates.

We’ll then offer the opportunity to apply to our English Futures Campus Day, where participants can meet and socialise with each other and explore our campus and facilities.

Dates for your calendar

Online sessions:

  • Monday 7 March 16:30-17:30 – “Life Studying English at Leeds”, a session run by our current English Student Ambassadors
  • Tuesday 22 March 16:30-17:30 – Taster Lecture – “Black Lives Matter and the Birth of African American Literature”, delivered by Professor Andrew Warnes
  • Tuesday 26 April 16:30-17:30 – Taster Seminars, example choices include:
    • “Literature of Place: A Close-Reading and Creative Writing Workshop”
    • “How to Save the World, One Book at a Time: Eco-Memoirs and the Climate Crisis”

You will then be invited to apply for the English Futures Campus Day on Thursday 14 July.


We invite applications from all Year 12 students, but should there be more applications than place, priority will be given to those who live in an area of low progression to higher education (ranked by POLAR 4 and IMD quintile). Applicants should be available on the dates and times of the online sessions provided above.

Applications for English Futures are now closed for 2022.