Newsletter: Issue 2

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August 2001

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Director’s Column
  • Director’s Column
    Professor Philip Martin, Director, English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • What we do with our First Years?
    Chris Hopkins, Department of English, Sheffield Hallam University, explores the issues involved in setting ‘core’ modules for first year students of English Studies.
  • What makes for effective PhD training and supervision in the Arts and Humanities?
    Dr Cordelia Beattie, Dr Stephen Hutchinson, Graduate Student Training Officer, and Dr Stephanie Marshall, Director of Staff Development, Staff Development Office, Goodricke College, University of York
  • Curriculum 2000: The New A/AS Levels in English
    Janet White Principal Officer, English, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, reviews the progress of the new pre-university qualifications.
  • Poetry, Please
    Dr Stephen Regan, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, argues that the apparent rise in poetry’s public profile is not matched by students’ experience at school and at university.
  • Schrödinger’s Cat (The bringing in of creativity – dead or alive?)
    Dr. Mario Petrucci, Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, explores whether or not creativity can be observed, either through theory or praxis, in some kind of original state.
  • Re-Writing Problem-based Learning for Literary Studies
    Dr Bill Hutchings, a National Teaching Fellow, and his research assistant, Karen O’Rourke, introduce the problem-based learning project they are running in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Manchester.
  • The Christianity in the Humanities Project
    Dr Helen Phillips, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool, introduces the Christianity in the Humanities Project and describes its efforts to develop and promote teaching materials for students of medieval culture.
  • Open Learning in English 2001
    Dr Chris Walsh, Head of the Department of English and Deputy Dean of Arts & Humanities at Chester College of Higher Education, discusses the Open Learning in English 2001 project.
  • Americanisation and the Teaching of American Studies
    Dr. Alan J. Rice, Principal Lecturer in American Studies and Cultural Theory, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Central Lancashire, introduces the AMATAS Project.
  • Teaching English Language in HE
    Dr Lesley Jeffries, University of Huddersfield, discusses students’ changing attitudes to the study of English language and the impact of these changes on curriculum design.

English Subject Centre News

  • Activities of the English Subject Centre
    Dr Siobhán Holland, English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Seminars: Theory in Practice, London 27 April 2001
    Dr. Aidan Arrowsmith, Staffordshire University, provides his perspective on the Subject Centre’s study day on seminars which focused on literary theory.


  • Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays, and Prose
    Dr Derek Alsop, Senior Lecturer, English Language and Literature, St. Mary’s College.
  • In Search of Literary Theory
    Dr Tom Furniss, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde.
  • Literary Studies and the Humbul Humanities Hub.
    Dr Michael Fraser, Head of Humbul, Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford.