YourEHU English, History and Creative Writing – your department information

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About us

We are a thriving department of nationally and internationally acclaimed researchers, publishing on a number of cutting-edge humanities topics relevant to contemporary global issues. Learning in our department is enriched by renowned visiting scholars, field trips, such as to Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Wordsworth Trust in the Lake District, and the historic city of Liverpool. There are a range of opportunities to work with department initiatives such as Edge Hill University Press and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

We see our students as partners in our activities to the benefit of their employability and preparation for life after their degrees.

Our department sits at the heart of Edge Hill’s thriving, award-winning campus. We occupy one wing of the impressive original main building built in the 1930s and we are proud of our central position.

You can keep up-to-date with what is happening in the Department on our EnglishHistory, and Creative Writing News pages.

Field trips

Field trips are an important aspect of all of the programmes within the department. Not only do appropriate field trips provide additional learning opportunities but they enhance your experience and enjoyment of your studies. Our students visit a wide variety of locations. Read on to find out where past students have been lucky enough to visit:

Creative Writing

Qachina McKeffery shares details of a recent field trip she had the opportunity to go on:

“As part of our second year field trip, we had the opportunity to go to the famous John Rylands library in Manchester as well as the prestigious Royal Exchange theatre to see an amazing production of The Suppliants, one of the best things I’ve ever seen on stage. I’m also a big Harry Potter fan so it was thrilling to explore such a gothic building. It just looked like the inside of Hogwarts! It was truly inspirational, a place where I could find a dark corner to sit in and write. Being an aspiring writer, the theatre production was really useful to me as it was a modern-day adaptation of a Greek tragedy, something which I had never seen before. It certainly gave me food for thought.”

English

Melanie Senior, a current English student shared her field trip experience:

“In Dove Cottage there is a surreal feeling as you stand where Wordsworth must once have stood – imagine the intellectual conversations the walls must have heard. One of the surprising things to learn is just how much influence Dorothy Wordsworth had over her brother’s life and works, and how much of their lives she documented in incredible detail. There is always something amazing about visiting the homes of literary geniuses, and Dove Cottage is no different. After the tour we met Jeff Cowton, the curator of the Wordsworth Trust, for his talk. Jeff trusted us to handle a box given to Wordsworth’s cousin by Queen Victoria containing two first edition copies of Lyrical Ballads. It’s fascinating to see these items, among others, and discuss the value of displaying them in the cottage. By the end of Jeff’s talk I felt inspired to become a curator myself.”

History

We are a very successful research-led degree programme. Our teaching covers a wide range of diverse topics including, for example, the 20th Century Middle East, Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century, and the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Our research ensures that students are introduced to the very latest developments in the subject. The degree also reflects our belief that History is as much about the present as the past, and all our modules engage with this complex relationship. Our commitment to Public History also reflects this approach. We have, for example, a partnership with the Everyman & Playhouse Theatre in Liverpool, which has resulted in the production of public history for their audiences, described in Active History – a Canadian blog about innovative teaching: http://activehistory.ca/2019/09/public-historians-at-the-playhouse/

Hear three recent graduates talk about their field trip experiences:

Student Life

In addition to field trips, other extra-curricular activities include invitations to research seminars, sessions from visiting lecturers and engagement with activities put on in the Arts Centre.

By the end of your first week with us you will be given a personal tutor, someone you can always go to if you have any questions and who will give you dedicated regular time to provide you with the support and skills you need. They will help you to thrive on your degree. You will also be given the opportunity to meet regularly with a student mentor, a second or third year student who will be there to offer you advice drawing on their own experience of first year study.

Click the tabs below to hear about some of the experiences students have been involved with:

Creative Writing

Luke Thurogood and Elio Lomas share their experience of being involved in a professional poetry reading in Liverpool:

“We became involved with Camarade through our involvement in the Writer’s Workshop module and our passion for poetry. We read alongside tutors and other poets leading up to the headline act of S J Fowler and Tom Jenks who were launching their book, 1000 Proverbs. We performed a seven minute piece of poetry and the feedback on the night was very pleasing, it was fantastic! Events like these are an excellent way to meet other poets and publishers. Since Camarade we’ve been in contact with a variety of poets and publishers who have solicited work from us and asked us to perform again. It shows how the work we do at Edge Hill applies to the wider world of writing. If you are passionate and work hard at your writing, you can go to amazing places.”

Creative Writing students have the opportunity to intern at the University’s annual Short Story Prize and attend the annual awards ceremony in London. Second year Creative Writing student Zainab Chohan said of the experience:

“The event was phenomenal,” said Zainab. “I have been able to meet writers from various backgrounds and inspirations, and it’s given me a real insight into a world that I want to be involved in. The enthusiasm and humour of everyone created a contagious atmosphere, and I hope I can be involved in another event like this in the future.”

Click here to read more about the event.

English

Lucy Phillips talks about what her first year at Edge Hill has given her, both academically and personally:

“My first year as an English Literature student has enabled me to further appreciate literature in its various forms and to develop an understanding of the roots of literary criticism. The enthusiasm of both my lecturers and fellow students has inspired me to be more ambitious and progressive in my own learning. Throughout this year, I feel I have grown as a person as I received the encouragement and patience to aid me in building my confidence in both public speaking and in my writing. I began the year a mouse, I emerge a lion!”

History

“The tutors are approachable, supportive and always available whenever you might need them – it’s great!”
Read more from student Jess Griffith-Evans on what it's like to study History at Edge Hill.
"Choosing Edge Hill was easy as the campus is incredible with great facilities, but, more importantly, the staff are very experienced and at the forefront of research in their chosen areas.”
Hear from BA (Hons) History student David Wilson.

Your future

From the very beginning of your degree, we encourage you to start thinking about future career possibilities. Degrees in English, History and Creative Writing can lead to a variety of job opportunities, from teaching to publishing and editing, from marketing and management to cultural heritage, performing arts to the financial sector.

Read on to discover how our graduates are planning for their future after university:

Creative Writing

We take employability for our Creative Writing students very seriously. Work-related skills are incorporated into all modules and we also support a number of extra-curricular activities such as internships.

Jennie Byrne, a graduate of our BA (Hons) Creative Writing programme describes her experience working on Atlantic Drift: An Anthology of Poetry & Poetics, published in 2017:

“Working for the EHU Press was an unbelievable experience. I’m not only working alongside my fellow Creative Writers, but also have the prospect of working directly with Arc Publications, who have over 40 years’ experience in the publishing industry. Together, we worked to produce a transatlantic poetry and poetics anthology, combining the different voices and styles from writers across the Atlantic. My primary role was to post updates about the anthology, giving an insight into Marketing as it was my job to promote the anthology and generate an interested audience. The internship presented me with so many wonderful learning opportunities and to work with a team as passionate as I am about poetry.”

English

Our modules include many opportunities to consider future career paths. For example, in Language, you can study TESOL and Child Language Acquisition. In Literature, you have the opportunity to plan and host a Literary Festival. There are also individual assignments which give our students opportunities to work in groups on editing and publishing their own literary magazine and producing a ‘Directed Reading Plan’ for a child or group of children which students have used to produce work suitable for a range of future careers including teaching, mental health nursing, and speech therapy.

History

Throughout the three years of the degree the History team works closely with the Careers department to make sure that students are aware of how the skills they develop during the course can be applied in the world of work.

Our first year module, History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact directly addresses the issue of employability. The principal piece of assessment on the module requires students to compare their existing skills and aptitudes to those listed on an actual job specification, following on from that students are asked to draw up an improvement plan to deal with any skills gaps they have identified.

In the second year we offer a work-based learning module, History in Practice: The Community Project. Students taking this module negotiate, with support, a task, with one of partner employers, and over the course of a 12-week period work at that task in a work-based situation, employing their skills on projects that both assist the employer, and utilise the skills they have developed on the degree course.

Staff profiles

Click on your department below to see who will be teaching you in First Year:

English Literature

English Language

Creative Writing

History

Study abroad

We are committed to giving students opportunities for learning foreign languages and studying abroad. Some programmes provide the opportunity to learn a language and apply for a chance to study abroad. Currently the department has a range of study abroad partnerships including universities in France, Germany, Poland and Spain.

You can visit our website to find more information about study abroad opportunities via the Erasmus+ scheme and also hear from recent BA (Hons) History graduates about their experiences studying abroad in Germany in the video below:

Our courses

  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Drama
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature
  • BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) English
  • BA (Hons) English and Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) English Language
  • BA (Hons) English Language with Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and History
  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History with Politics