Dr Renee Ward - Programme Leader
Dr Renee Ward is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English and Journalism. 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.
During their second and third years, students may choose to undertake a work placement to gain experience in the field. As well as external positions, there are opportunities to work on the University’s student magazine, print and web publications, and at its community and student radio stations, Siren Radio and Brayford Radio, which are based on campus. Please note that those undertaking placements are required to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
For the Journalism elements of this course, students have access to industry-standard newsrooms, edit and production suites, broadcast equipment and studios in the Alfred Tennyson Building.
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. Students on this course are also able to attend organised activities such as play readings, film showings, and performances and industry 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 aim to enrich the student experience at Lincoln, and they cement the sense of community fostered by the School of English and Journalism.
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 whilst attending field trips.
Many of our English academics are engaged 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, literary reactions to early photography, ecogothic, the literature of Brexit, medievalism in Arthurian children’s literature, and detective fiction. Journalism staff currently include award-winning media professionals who bring a diverse range of experience and expertise.
Students studying English and Journalism 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. Past visiting speakers have included journalist, newsreader and presenter Angela Rippon, and Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 Dorothy Byrne, and Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
"Studying English and Journalism at Lincoln allowed me to experience the best of both courses, with the teaching being second to none."Jenna Healy, BA (Hons) English and Journalism graduate
Journalism graduates may go on to careers in publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, the civil service, and communications. Others may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level. Lincoln graduates have gone on to work at regional and national media outlets including the BBC, The Daily Mail, Sky Sports News HQ, The Times, and Channel 4.
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Explore a lively and varied collection of texts, from medieval literature and the Renaissance through to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
Preparing aspiring journalists to produce news content to a print or broadcast standard, putting journalistic theory into practice.
Journalism Studies goes beyond uncovering and crafting a good story; it explores the rich history of the profession and the important role it plays.
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.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.