Dr Renee Ward - Programme Leader
Dr Renee Ward is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English and History. 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 may choose to undertake a work placement during their final year to gain practical experience and gain a competitive edge in the jobs market. Past placements have included roles in museums, heritage sites, schools and charities. Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
If students choose to undertake an optional placement in the UK or overseas or study abroad, they will be required to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
Field trips include visits to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Students on this course are also able to attend organised activities such as play readings, film showings, performances, and talks. They can also get involved with the student newspaper and on-site radio station, Siren FM.
Our medieval literature modules typically include sessions working with manuscripts in the archives at Lincoln Cathedral or optional workshops with local artisans on medieval arts and culture.
All of these optional events enrich the student experience at Lincoln, and they cement the sense of community fostered on the degree programme.
Field trips 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 academic staff engage in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies, American literature, the medieval, and early modern periods. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, homelessness in literature, ecogothic, the literature of Brexit, medievalism in Arthurian children's literature, and detective fiction. In History, staff research specialisms currently include Byzantium, the Suffragettes, sexuality in the 20th Century in England, Latin America, medical history, and medieval Spain.
Students studying English and History are invited to attend numerous research events, 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. English organises research seminars in English Studies, Medieval studies, the nineteenth century, and the twenty-first century. Previous speakers have included the former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, and authors Penelope Lively, and Patience Agbabi.
"Studying English and History at Lincoln has been a highly enjoyable experience and I believe the University has helped me to achieve my full potential."Joanne Tingle, BA (Hons) English and History graduate
English and History graduates may go on to careers in education, the civil service, media, journalism, heritage, publishing, communications, and the arts. They may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level or take qualifications in teaching.
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Explore a lively and varied collection of texts, from medieval literature and the Renaissance through to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
Study world literature, explore your talents, and build a solid technical foundation as a writer with this joint honours degree.
History may be concerned with the past, but the knowledge it reveals is relevant to how we think about ourselves and our place within society today.
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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