Student feedback tells us

  • The Departments of English, History and Creative Writing are friendly, welcoming and helpful
  • Tutors are enthusiastic, passionate and inspiring
  • The support students receive is exceptional. Particularly when they are experiencing difficulty
  • Students appreciate the amount of choice they have when it comes to choosing modules to study
  • Our programmes cover a wide range of subjects and that there is something for everyone
  • Programmes and modules are well structured with flexibility and different types of assessment which keeps things interesting
  • Students feel confident about presenting their work and ideas in front of other people
  • Students like the fact that there are plenty of opportunities to work in groups, which helps to develop communication and team working skills.

How we are improving
Student feedback highlighted some areas where we could improve what we do. We listened and have made some changes.

Department-wide

  • A central register of coursework deadlines to eliminate pinch-points and space out assignments as far as possible
  • A common standard final dissertation deadline for all subjects, promoting equality between our programmes
  • Increased social events and use of social media.

English

  • Increased opportunities for field trips and other extra-curricular activities in all of our English programmes. These include trips to theatres, galleries, law courts, museums, sites of literary interest, castles and prisons, and rare book and manuscript collections in libraries. All of these are completely free to students.
  • Better use of teaching and learning innovation, such as Lecture Capture, in order to support learning for all students.

History

  • Negotiated an increase to our book-buying budget, and prioritised key texts in popular modules for new investment
  • Increased the amount of digitised materials students can access on the module Virtual Learning Environments
  • Set up a full programme of field trips, financially supported by the Department, including a day-long trip to Lancaster for the entire Level 4 cohort
  • Enhanced our range of visiting speakers.

Creative Writing

  • Writing for narrative games is now an option across all three years and we have validated a range of new optional writing modules
  • Two new second year modules, The Writer’s Life and The Publishing Industry, which concentrate on external projects and placements and how the ‘real world’ of publishing works to give students better work experience opportunities
  • We have added more talks by visiting writers, changed the timings to make them easier to get to, and removed Arts Centre admission costs
  • The opportunity for up to six students to gain professional intern experience through the creation of the Edge Hill University Press. Students have helped to organise and have attended book launches in Edinburgh, Manchester and at Edge Hill University.

Plans for further improvement
Edge Hill aims to constantly learn and improve. Future plans based on student feedback include:

English

  • New, in-house, project-based employability modules at levels 5 and 6 to create more employability-related projects and activities than those provided by the current work-based learning module.

Creative Writing

  • An International Writer in Residence to work with students during Semester Two, including workshops and readings at Tate Liverpool.

History

  • Enhanced programme of History Society events.