Dr Renee Ward - Programme Leader
Dr Renee Ward is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English. Her research focuses on medieval representations of monsters and monstrosity, and includes a monograph project on werewolves in medieval romance. She has published widely on the medievalism of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and also co-edits The Year's Work in Medievalism, a journal associated with the International Society for the Study of Medievalism.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students undertaking this degree have the option to study abroad at one of the University’s partner institutions for one term during their second year. This can provide an insight into alternative approaches to the study of the subject and gives students the opportunity to experience another culture. Those who choose to study abroad are responsible for any associated travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
Field trips organised by the School include visits to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. These are optional and participation on trips will not impact upon grades awarded on this programme. The costs of transport and entry fees, where applicable, are covered by the School. Students are, however, expected to cover their own subsistence costs while attending field trips.
Our medieval modules typically include sessions working with manuscripts in the archives at Lincoln Cathedral or optional workshops with local artisans on medieval arts and culture.
Students on this course are also able to attend organised activities such as play readings, film showings, and performances.
These optional events aim to enrich the student experience at Lincoln, and they cement the sense of community fostered by the School of English and Journalism.
Our research-active staff are engaged in work which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies, American literature and the medieval. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, literary reactions to early photography, ecogothic, the literature of Brexit, and detective fiction.
Students studying English are welcome to attend the numerous research events hosted by the school, which provide opportunities to learn more about the work in which members of staff are engaged, and to hear more about specialist research by visiting speakers.
Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors and other guest speakers in creative industries, such as publishing and journalism. In the past guests have included former Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Dame Penelope Lively, and Patience Agbabi.
"Staff ensure that students grow in confidence. They nurture students' passion and determination."Tayler Stevens, BA (Hons) English graduate
Graduates can go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, the civil service, and communications. Some choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level, while others undertake qualifications in teaching.
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Study world literature, explore your talents, and build a solid technical foundation as a writer with this joint honours degree.
Combine a passion for the written word with an exploration of the past in one of the UK’s great historic cities.
The study of two closely related fields such as English and Journalism encourages students to analyse a diverse range of literary approaches.
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
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