Newsletter: Issue 13

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October 2007

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  • Welcome
    English Subject Centre editor Dr Nicole King introduces our thirteenth issue.
  • Plagiarism and Plagiarism Studies
    While English academics are becoming increasingly anxious about student plagiarism, the prevailing climate of concern has proved favourable for the growth of a new area of academic enquiry: plagiarism studies. Richard Terry (University of Sunderland) reflects on the phenomenon.
  • Putting Some Sense Back into the System
    In July Nicole King spoke to Professor Judy Simons about her long career in higher education, her devotion to the subject of English and the challenges she has faced as female academic coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • The Wrong Dora Russell: research-informed learning in a digital world
    Jan Hewitt and Tony Nicholson report on their use of digital sources to support research informed teaching in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Teaching Welsh Writing in English
    Responding to the Newsletter’s recent articles on the teaching of Scottish and Irish writing, Jane Aaron reports on the current scene in Wales, and suggests ways in which the relative neglect of Welsh writing in English could be corrected.
  • The Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: the story so far for English
    Reporting on both the Renewals Conference and her 18 months as CETL Liaison Officer, Christie Carson highlights some of the innovative solutions colleagues around the world are applying to teaching English in the 21st century.
  • English Literature at A Level: the shape of things to come
    The revised A Levels in English Literature contain some unexpected innovations, and raise new issues of transition to English Studies at HE.
  • Is English a Young, White, Female, Middle-Class Subject?
    Jane Gawthrope, Subject Centre manager, provides a brief analysis of recent UCAS admissions data suggests further challenges lie ahead for diversity and widening participation in English.
Book Reviews
  • 53 Interesting Creative Writing Exercises – Reviewed by Douglas Cowie
  • English: The Condition of the Subject – Reviewed by Vicky Greenaway
Student Experience
  • Student Literary Societies
    In a bid to revive the tradition of student literary societies, the Subject Centre is offering start-up funds to departments. Students at St Martin’s College were among the first to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • What advice would you give to students starting your course?
    The winning Entry from the English Subject Centre student essay competition.
In Every Issue
  • Desert Island Texts
    In this new regular item, lecturers registered in our Directory of Experience and Interests highlight their favourite books. This month: Elaine Treharne
  • IT Works
    Brett Lucas casts his eye over recent developments in the world of e-learning
  • The last Word: Why CETLs Should Matter To You
    Christie Carson