English Literature students from Hartlepool Sixth Form were given a taste of university life during a recent Gothic Conference.
The Year 12 and 13 A-Level students took part in a day of seminars and lectures led by Gothic specialists at the University of Sunderland which gave them a different insight into the genre and texts they are currently studying.
Student Ambassadors gave motivational talks about studying at the university as well as tours of the facilities on campus.
Year 13 have been invited back to the university for revision workshops with MA English Studies Programme Leader and Gothic expert Dr Alison Younger ahead of their exams.
Lindsay Tennant-Williams, Lecturer in English Literature, said:
“The Gothic Conference was a brilliant opportunity for our students to not only experience university lectures and seminars but also revisit our main A-Level texts at degree level.
“The lecturers from the university’s English department are fantastic and so charismatic about their subject. As Gothic is my own specialism it was also nice for me to see how my peers discuss the texts on a daily basis.”
Year 12 student, Thomas Bailey, added:
“The trip was incredibly helpful for giving an insight into university life, not to mention how lovely the campuses are.
“There was a huge amount of content covered that really helped to develop everyone’s knowledge regarding our set texts for English Literature at A-Level.
“Overall, it was a highly enjoyable and productive day that I look forward to doing again in the future.”
Fellow student, Tegan Winwood, said:
“This was a very helpful experience, as it opened my eyes to uni life, especially within a city campus, and the variety of lecturers and the way that they teach. Both lectures were extremely beneficial to me, considering that what we focused on explicitly linked to the modules that we are doing in English Literature.
“I particularly enjoyed the Chaucer lecture as Alison gave us an insight into how medieval English was pronounced, which I thought to be incredibly interesting.”
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