The value of literary analysis to City financial institutions
The sophisticated manipulation of sign systems is the main business of both literature and high finance. English graduates excel in thinking in abstracts, using analogies, moving spheres of reference, creating chains of referents and performing to an audience.
This project aimed to demonstrate how English is valued for its subject specific skills and to create a substantiating set of case studies to support careers advice given to students.
This project asked a small sample of English graduates now in senior and junior positions in accounting, investment, project or systems management, tax advice and merchant banking three principal questions: whether and how the study of English increased their efficiency, what they think creativity is in their profession, and how English academics might be of use in extending their business or providing training.
The report of this project highlights the value of small group teaching in the English discipline and the need to communicate to students how important learning to think will be to their future careers. It also suggests that English departments offer modules related to the financial world, and exploit funding opportunities to share research and expertise with the commercial sector.
- Dr Ceri Sullivan, Reader, School of English, Bangor University. (Previously a Senior chartered accountant with KPMG, focusing on banking clients).
- Dr Eben Muse, Welsh Medium Teaching Fellow, School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University. (Previously a Knowledge manager and IT consultant on EU projects).
- The value of literary analysis to City financial institutions (Final report)(171kb) by Ceri Sullivan and Eben Muse, Bangor University
- Text in the City: the value of literary analysts to City financial institutions in WordPlay Issue 1, April 2009 by Ceri Sullivan and Eben Muse, Bangor University
- The value of literary analysis to City financial institutions – an article (72kb) by Ceri Sullivan and Eben Muse, Bangor University
Completed October 2008