‘His fourth… and best’: Joe Moran’s Book on Shyness in the Limelight

‘His fourth… and best’: Joe Moran’s Book on Shyness in the Limelight

Joe Moran, Professor of English and Cultural History at LJMU, has published his fourth book: Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness (Profile Books). It is a literary, cultural and historical reflection on what Charles Darwin called “this odd state of mind”: shyness. Since then, Joe's latest work has been read, discussed and praised across the media, and across the world. The Guardian review called Shrinking Violets 'fantastic and involving', the Daily Mail deemed it 'nimble' (!), the Herald loved its 'illuminating stories gathered from across the world', and the Spectator its 'beautiful descriptions of the anguish of the shy'. At the start of September Shrinking Violets was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Nigel Planer. Joe himself has been hard at work promoting his book: and all while never missing a lecture or seminar! He appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed, in discussion with Laurie Taylor and the sociologist of shyness Susie Scott. He also appeared on The Forum on the BBC World Service, discussing shyness and introversion with the...
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Nadine Muller Launches New Project Live on Woman’s Hour

Nadine Muller Launches New Project Live on Woman’s Hour

On 11 November 2016, Nadine Muller, together with Mary Moreland from the War Widows' Association of Great Britain, launched her Heritage Lottery Funded project War Widows' Stories live on Woman's Hour. They were given eight star-struck minutes with BBC Radio 4's Jenni Murray, and you can listen to the result below via BBC iPlayer. Talking about her first live radio experience, Nadine says: It's needless to say I was so excited about being able to do this. It meant our project was given national coverage on Armistice Day, a time when the nation is focused on remembrance of the dead, but often forgets about our duty to take care of those who survive conflict, including veterans and families. You can listen to the programme via this link, and Nadine has also written a blog post about her experience, which you can you read here....
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Your (English) Career Calendar: To Dos for October

Your (English) Career Calendar: To Dos for October

Welcome to our brand new monthly featurette (now that's a neglected word) to keep you, wonderful LJMU English student, aware of all the Careers support available to you. Ah, autumn - season of mists and ... well, UCAS. This month is an important one for budding teachers, or those thinking about teaching as a potential option. You can find out more about the various graduate teacher training schemes with the brilliant LJMU ‘Train to Teach’ event, which takes place this year on the 12th October. For all the details, click here. If you have already decided on a teaching career then UCAS Teacher Training has just published the new Search date - 11 October 2016! This is the big moment when the search tool goes live, and will allow you to find training programmes starting in 2017. The first opportunity to make your selection - 'Apply 1' - is currently scheduled for 18th October 2016, although this may change, so keep checking the UCAS website here....
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Study English Abroad in the USA

Study English Abroad in the USA

Since 2014, LJMU has been developing a unique transatlantic alliance with Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut. At the centre of this agreement is the chance for LJMU and Southern students (as the latter are known) to experience life and study abroad, whether this is for a semester or a year. New Haven is perfectly located to give students the experience of an American college town whilst being in easy reach of cities like New York and Boston. LJMU English has long been dedicated to giving our students the opportunity to expand their experience by travelling abroad. Our 'Working in the USA' module was established over twenty years ago, and since then has supported the second year students who choose to take it in finding a vast array of both paid and unpaid work in the US. One of our External Examiners described the module as 'truly trailblazing'. You can read about how recent 'Working in the USA' students found...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Understanding the US University System

Study Abroad at SCSU: Understanding the US University System

I take real solace in that if in the post below I am unable to fully explain the American system compared to the UK system that it is primarily because no one else seems to completely understand it either. I have heard the process of applying for classes as 'a bit like the Hunger Games' more than once. Now, as an international Study Abroad student, a lot of this will not be applicable to you. But it is important to understand the people who will surround you every day. So why is your classmate taking a ‘level 200’ History class as a 6th year Senior? Let's find out... As I explain the most basic basics, it should be clear that despite its complexities, the US system offers more opportunities to study a varied range of subjects and modules than we're used to in the UK. Whereas at home we are 'Majors' from day one of university, the American system offers scope for students to...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Your American Grades and How to Understand Them

Study Abroad at SCSU: Your American Grades and How to Understand Them

Unfortunately, travelling across the Atlantic has not necessarily turned you into a genius... Jessica Rimmer guides you through the differences in the US grading system.  The expression of marks and grades differ greatly between the UK and the US. As percentage values don't carry the same grade weight, marks in the US are generally higher to those we're used at LJMU. It's fairly usual for students to receive marks in the 80 - 100% range, as this is considered the threshold for good work. Once tutors establish a student's percentage grade, they are able to convert it into a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F), which is then recorded on the student’s transcript. It is important to keep this in mind when receiving your percentage grades, as your interpretation of them may be clouded by your understanding of the UK grading system. For instance, if you were to receive 85% on your transcript in the US, you've not necessarily enhanced...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Taylor’s Tips

Study Abroad at SCSU: Taylor’s Tips

LJMU English intern Jessica Rimmer met SCSU student, Taylor Bird, to share her experience of studying abroad, and get her advice to students who are considering crossing the Atlantic in the other direction. Taylor spent one month studying French in Paris and stayed in a French University for the duration of her trip. When I asked about her highlight of the experience, Taylor revealed that, 'you make connections with people and you get to form strong relationships which result in lifelong friendships. One of the people that I'm now working with is a friend I met in Paris and we're still really close, we live together'. Taylor went on to offer some brilliant advice to students who are considering studying abroad in the future. She said: 'My advice is definitely do it! Whether you're just thinking about it or having doubts, just figure it out later - make it happen. Also, don't be afraid to do new things whilst you're abroad because that's one...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Southern’s English Programme

Study Abroad at SCSU: Southern’s English Programme

What (and how) will you be studying on Southern Connecticut State University's English modules? Rupert French investigates... During our time at Southern we were fortunate enough to meet up with several Professors of the English department, who helped us understand the differences in their learning strategies for students. Professor Charles Baraw teaches a module on comic books, 'Comics and the American Experience'. He gets his students to learn how to read comics differently from standard fiction. As well as studying from a diverse set of texts such as Maus (and hopefully We:3, all about the Grant Morrison love), certain classes also learn how to create their own storyboards based around topics of their choice. Professor Melissa Talhelm teaches a module titled 'Lyrics as Literature' that looks at lyric composition as a form, but is primarily a creative writing course. Professor Talhelm is also a singer-songwriter and a Richard Thompson fan. You should definitely, definitely take these classes if they're on offer when you arrive. What becomes apparent through...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: English in America

Study Abroad at SCSU: English in America

Featured Image: 'Flag' by Jasper Johns, 1954, in the Museuem of Modern Art, NYC This summer sixteen lucky LJMU students had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, USA, and I was one of them. Our two universities have set up a 'transatlantic alliance' to open up possibilities for study abroad for their students. SCSU laid on a full and exciting programme of activities across Connecticut for us, and these are my English-related highlights! Libraries I Saw Obviously the first thing I needed to know as an English student abroad was, where is the nearest library? Southern's Hilton .C. Buley Library on campus was my first stop. Don't tell the Aldham Robarts, but it was a pretty impressive building, smack bang in the middle of the beautiful New Haven campus (the sunshine helped too, I guess). The library boasts some very fancy Tiffany stained-glass windows and, most importantly, its own Starbucks, not to mention an array of spectacular and comfortable chairs...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: What can you do in New Haven?

Study Abroad at SCSU: What can you do in New Haven?

Though I was lucky enough to be visiting New Haven, Southern Connecticut whilst being of legal drinking age to enjoy some of the later activities to be offered by the city, you may not be. But there is so much on offer at this SCSU and in this town you will never run out of things to do. American youth are adept at sobriety, and damn, they do it well. Here I offer just some of the ways in which you can fully enjoy and appreciate the area, with no need for the troublesome liquor of Caliban’s downfall. So don’t be silly and try it on with America's laws: take this opportunity to enjoy yourself in different ways... Join Bookmarks: Bookmarks is a society currently presided over by an English Major called Urfa Kadeer. It is not a requirement to talk about books or even be an English Major, it’s just a starting point for meeting other students. Bookmarks host fun-filled evenings of frivolity such...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Getting around in New Haven – What do you do without a car?

Study Abroad at SCSU: Getting around in New Haven – What do you do without a car?

So - you're an LJMU student, studying abroad at SCSU, and unlike practically every American friend you meet, you (whisper it, for shame) don't have a car. LJMU English intern Jessica Rimmer is here to help. One wonderful attribute of SCSU is the proximity of its beautiful campus to a town packed full of culture and entertainment, and with the FREE services offered to students of SCSU, getting around New Haven without a car has actually never been easier. U-Pass The U-Pass is a transportation pass for Southern students, that is valid for unlimited trips during the semester, on all CTTransit local buses. Therefore, the U-Pass gives you travel freedom with no out-of-pocket expense! As an enrolled student of SCSU you are eligible to receive a complimentary U-Pass, from the Hoot Loot card office located in the Wintergreen Building, 112. To use your U-Pass you just show the driver your SCSU Hoot Loot ID Card when boarding the bus and insert the pass, with the arrow...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Exploring the Campus

Study Abroad at SCSU: Exploring the Campus

Signed up to study at SCSU? Isobel Currie will be your campus tour guide today... Southern Connecticut State University, or just 'Southern' to its students and staff, was founded in 1893 as a teaching college, and in 1937 it became the New Haven State Teachers' College. In the spring of 1953 it moved from Howe Street to its present 168-acre site on Crescent Street, and began a period of huge growth and diversification. Southern expanded into general education in 1959, and then became Southern Connecticut State College. Today they have approximately 11,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Now of course, the best way to get acquainted with the Southern campus is to show up and have a walk around. Pictures can give you an idea, but it's so much better to go and discover everything when you get there. Southern invests a lot in its campus, which has recently acquired a new School of Business, three new parking garages, a new residence hall complex,...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Where Will I Stay?

Study Abroad at SCSU: Where Will I Stay?

Thinking of studying abroad as part of LJMU's 'transatlantic alliance' with Southern Connecticut State University? You'll want to know where you're going to live. Here, LJMU English student Jessica Rimmer gives you an idea of the kind of accommodation on offer on campus.  Schwartz Hall offers apartment-style living for students with 45+ credits including three different housing options (two-, four-, or six-person apartments). Each apartment has a full kitchen equipped with stove/oven, sink and garbage disposal, full-sized refrigerator, and dishwasher. Individually controlled heating and air conditioning units are located in each apartment. The two-person apartment is studio-style with a large open area adjacent to the kitchen. A full bathroom and small walk-in storage area are also provided in the apartment. A dining room table and couches are provided for the living area. Finally, each student is provided with a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair. The four-person apartments offer the same amenities as the two-person apartments, but in the four-person apartments, the living...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Using the Library

Study Abroad at SCSU: Using the Library

Going to study at SCSU (or thinking about it)? This post is part of a series to help orientate you to their campus. Your guide is LJMU English intern Rupert French.. You’ll be pleased to know that for all the complex differences between the systems of Higher Education in the US and Britain, the SCSU library (aka The Hilton C. Buley Library) remains very library-ish. But there are some differences for users to be aware of to get the most out of their study time. The library is at the centre of campus and during semester is open from 8am-11pm.During the summer months this changes to 7.30pm. 

Much the same as LJMU, there are plenty of computers, but not enough for everyone at every time. As a Study Abroad student, you will have your own account to log in to these desk-top computers. You can reserve study rooms online as well as solo study on particular computers with any necessary software for your particular course. Perhaps the key difference when you're...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s Other University

Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s Other University

This might sound familiar. New Haven, like some other cities you might be able to think of, has another university, one which, to the ill-informed, might seem slightly more prestigious. Now clearly your loyalties are to SCSU, but that's not to say you shouldn't aim to take full advantage of what the Other University has to offer you as a New Haven resident. Because, unlike some other Other Universities, this one is nothing if not generous with its assets...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk&w=560&h=315   Well, I think you'll agree, that's a hard act to follow. But follow it I must, with some suggestions as to how you can make the most of Yale.     Free Tour of the Yale Campus Mon-Fri:  149 Elm Street. 10.30am-2.00pm. Sat & Sun: 149 Elm Street. 1.30pm. Yale is right there for you to see wherever you go in the centre of New Haven, but it is totally worth taking an hour out of your weekend or afternoon to learn some of the history of one of...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Staying Connected in the US

Study Abroad at SCSU: Staying Connected in the US

While the appeal of avoiding group messages and emails can be alluring, if you're going away from home for over a week or two, it's not going to happen. Your family and friends will want to know if you're ok and receive regular updates on your travels. It is important to stay connected to people at home, especially if you feel a bit anxious or home-sick on arrival. Hearing their voices or seeing their faces will instantly make you feel better. So the good news is that you don't have to spend huge amounts of money while you're at SCSU to stay in touch with the folks at home. For the majority of communication techniques you of course need wifi or internet data, but Southern have free wifi on campus so this shouldn't be an issue if you have your phone or tablet. It's a really good idea to prepare your parents and friends (but especially your parents!) for long distance communication, by practicing Skype,...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: It’s Called Soccer – Get Used To It

Study Abroad at SCSU: It’s Called Soccer – Get Used To It

Can't imagine a student life that isn't sporting? SCSU and its surrounding area has lots to offer you as a Study Abroad student. Rupert French gets off the sofa to investigate... University sports are different in America. They’re celebrated highly and the funding for them is (justifiably, depending on who you ask) large, especially in comparison to our own. Part of this is due to the way athletes are prepared for professional sports over there. Basketball, Hockey and American Football, especially, recruit through scholarships and the move in professional sports comes after college. Passing grades are still required to maintain a scholarship, and the culture of professional athletes means that young men and women are not immediately scouted and paid huge sums of money from an early age. So it's a system that is at least designed to produce athletes who are educated and well-adjusted, and so prepared for the possibility that they may not succeed in the professional sports world. When I met with Tom Lang,...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Hiking in New Haven

Study Abroad at SCSU: Hiking in New Haven

As Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer continually remind us, it is all about location, location, location. New Haven can be seen as the ideal town for the New Yorker with a need for space. When you live here, you’re a two hour train journey away from the city that never kips, the Big Apple, the capital of the world, the centre of the universe, the big city, the melting pot, the modern Gomorrah… Scratch that last one. 

Either way you’re in a prime spot, but it would be doing New Haven, Connecticut a disservice not to talk about the opportunities that are only a 20 minute drive away, and which don’t involve smog. 

So - let's go hiking! You have plenty of trails, from easy to moderate to moderately easy, some of which you can walk to from campus in about 10 minutes. The Sleeping Giant:  These trails out in Hamden are so called because from a distance the sequence of hills look...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s (Serious) Pizza

Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s (Serious) Pizza

You say Pizza, they say Apizza…: The foundation of the food scene in New Haven is Apizza: I'm told this is the local dialect of saying pizza. I'm not quite sure what the difference is, but you're probably okay just calling it as it is. Everybody will tell you that there are 4 pizza places you cannot leave New Haven without trying: Modern: Thin base, big crust. Large is huge. Try a white pie with clams ( it's a New Haven tradition). Less wow-factor, more traditional. Definitely feels like a classic spot to come with a group of friends and share a couple of large pizza's. Bar: The crust is fairly non-existent in the best way possible. It's all basic flavours and less dough. Order large and they come in squares to share, definitely big enough to fill the most rumbling stomach. This place offers mashed potato on pizza. Depending on who you are that could either sound disgusting or like a...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Saving Money (for the important stuff)

Study Abroad at SCSU: Saving Money (for the important stuff)

It is doubtful that you will be able to work in the US during your time studying abroad, but many of your fellow students will, in various capacities around the University, as well as in retail and hospitality - exactly as it is back home. But you, Mr or Ms International Exchange, will need to budget and budget you shall. Now some of these may seem obvious, but I’m just trying to help. 

I have covered some of these free activities in other sections of the site, click the link to check them out in more detail. Budget food shopping: New Haven has so many places to eat that it would be fully feasible to only eat at restaurants for 4 months without getting sick of anything (apart from, just maybe, the idea of any kind of pizza…But I’m not sure that’s even a reality I can bear to think about). 

Taxis to the big supermarkets will cost you about ten dollars each way from campus...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: A Few Tips on Tipping From an Over-Anxious Tipper

Study Abroad at SCSU: A Few Tips on Tipping From an Over-Anxious Tipper

Now, you should be tipping in pubs and restaurants anyway. Because it’s polite and you seem nice enough. However, if you’re not in the habit of tipping in general, or only for a slightly more up-market meal, the policy of tipping in the USA can be an absolute minefield. 

Let’s start with some basics: Who not to tip: The Air Hostess on your way here. Customs officials. Connecticut State Police officials. The person serving you at the Shop ’n’ Save at the check out counter. Bus driver. Your fellow students. Your tutor. Me for this post. The Air Hostess on your way back. However, in the US, tipping is required of any service under hospitality. The money added on to your initial bill is not a tip, it is (the US equivalent of) VAT. So what you see advertised and what you will pay is generally slightly different and slightly more. America is a tipping culture. Where we are happy giving 10% at a restaurant and occasionally buying an attractive bar person a...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: ‘Geography of Wine’ Class – Over 21s Only

Study Abroad at SCSU: ‘Geography of Wine’ Class – Over 21s Only

Now this section is very far from being a humble brag about hanging out with a group of students drinking wine, although yeah... Being over the legal drinking age in the US, I partook in a few field trips and classes with the 'Geography of Wine' class to get an idea of the versatility of the educational opportunities on offer at SCSU. Apart from introducing me to some great people, it gave me a chance to see American students interact with a Professor as well as giving me scope on how the American system works. Also I got to drink some wine. As a writing credit at SCSU, Seniors may take a class in the geography of wine. (The structure of degrees in the US is, at first, a bit daunting for those of us in the standard UK three year system. To orientate yourself, read my post elsewhere on this site.) Most of those who I joined on this trip were either Geography...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Your Guide to Boston

Study Abroad at SCSU: Your Guide to Boston

Boston is around two hours away from New Haven by train (as always, book in advance to get the cheapest tickets). So what are you waiting for? Getting around Boston can be done by subway (known as the T), buses, taxis and ferries. The T and buses work much like the NYC subway and London Underground, with CharlieCards and paper CharlieTickets. CharlieCards can be ordered online at the MBTA's website or you can ask at stations ticket bays, as this gives cheaper fares than CharlieTickets. Rides cost $2 with a CharlieTicket, or $1.70 using a CharlieCard. Alternatively, you can buy LinkPasses at $9 for a day or $15 for one week and can be used on the T, local buses and local commuter rail. LinkPasses can be bought from fare vending machines at T stations. Transfers between subway lines are free, but transfers from subways to buses are only free with a CharlieCard. Trains run from 5.15am to 12.30am Mon–Sat and...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: University Study in the UK

Study Abroad at LJMU: University Study in the UK

Now compared to your fiendishly complicated system in the USA (that's how it seems to an outsider anyway!), the UK system is relatively straight forward for British students. In the UK, most students buy an (expensive!) ticket for the subject (or combined subjects) of their choice, get on and travel straight to their destination/graduation over three years of full-time study. For the most part, students study on single-honours programmes (that is, they major in one subject from the very start of their course, like Mathematics or English), or joint-honours, which combine the study of two subjects (Criminology and Psychology, for example). LJMU students take six modules per year, three in each semester (and our semesters run from September-December, and January-April), for 20 credits per module. On some programmes, all modules will be core (that is, obligatory), but on most students take a combination of core and optional modules. (In my second year of study on single-honours English, I chose the 'Working the USA' module, hence why I’m talking to...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

The main message here is simple: don't panic! Jessica Rimmer guides you through the ways in which the grades you get at LJMU will differ from those at Southern.  The expression of marks and grades differ greatly between the US and the UK. As percentage values don't carry the same grade weight on both sides of the Atlantic, marks in the UK are generally lower. Therefore, receiving marks in the 60 - 70 percentage range is no reason to despair, as this is considered the threshold for strong work in the UK. Another UK grading difference is the way in which results are characterised, as GPAs don't exist over here. Instead, students receive a mean mark for each year of their studies, and results are ultimately categorised into final degree classifications such as 'first class', 'upper second', 'lower second', 'third' etc. In order to aid your understanding of these seemingly incomprehensible differences in grading, please consult the 'UK/US grading system conversion chart'...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Welcome to Liverpool!

Study Abroad at LJMU: Welcome to Liverpool!

Want to know how to spend your free time in Liverpool whilst studying at LJMU? Ask a local. Isobel Currie lets you in on her favourite places to visit... Liverpool is a vibrant city with so much to do and see. The city revolves around its nightlife, so there are options for different types of people and very different nights. I'd say my favourite is Seel Street, as the bars here have something for everyone - R&B, Soul, House and Pop music. Victoria Street offers some of the best clubs and gets very busy on a Saturday night. Liverpool is home to two huge football (soccer) teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. They both have stadiums in Anfield and Everton that you can take tours of or try their websites for game tickets. The derby in which the two teams play against each other really divides the city for the day. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that Liverpool is also the birthplace...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: The British Classroom

Study Abroad at LJMU: The British Classroom

LJMU English intern Isobel Currie tells you what to expect in classes at LJMU.  The average university day at LJMU differs massively from that at Southern. If you're studying on the English programme, for example, each of your modules will usually be timetabled for three hours per week. Usually, you'll start with a lecture for 50 minutes with 10 minutes break at the end. (Science programmes have a different schedule.) Lectures tend to be a single tutor speaking at the front of an auditorium to all the students registered on that module (this can be up to around 200 students). Generally students don't contribute to lectures, unless called upon by the tutor. Tutors also often make announcements before or after the session - regarding events, room changes etc.  Seminars are usually straight after lectures, and run for an hour and half to two hours, depending on the subject, the tutor and the contributions from you and your fellow classmates. They will feel more familiar to you, as they work in a...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Trips from Liverpool

Study Abroad at LJMU: Trips from Liverpool

Now, our country is nowhere near the size of yours. This may have its downfalls, but it does mean that you can experience lots of different cities while you're studying at LJMU. From Liverpool you could easily visit Manchester and London on a day trip, and Edinburgh for a weekend; all are easily accessible by train from Liverpool's Lime Street Station. Manchester Trains between Liverpool and Manchester run frequently due to their close distance, usually once an hour. They can be as cheap as £6 for return tickets if you book in advance, but even booking on the day shouldn't be more than £8 each way. No-one fully understands the pricing systems of British train travel, but online booking is the most reliable way to get the cheapest tickets. Depending on where you live in the city, most stations will go to either of Manchester's main stations, Victoria or Piccadilly. For the town centre, I'd recommend using Victoria, as it's only a two minute walk from...
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LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

On 12th July, three LJMU English students on the second year module 'Working in the USA' - Isobel Currie, Rupert French and Jessica Rimmer - travelled to New Haven, Connecticut to begin a three week internship project at Southern Connecticut State University. Part-funded by LJMU's Curriculum Enhancement Project and the International Office, they are going to produce a range of online resources for students considering taking advantage of the 'transatlantic alliance' between LJMU and SCSU (or 'Southern' as it's known to its students and staff) that should allow hundreds of students to experience life and study on the opposite Atlantic coast in the next few years. Alice Ferrebe, the Head of English, who arranged the internships and travelled out with the interns, said, 'This is a really exciting new development - for LJMU, in its alliance with Southern, and for our long-running "Working in the USA" module. We hope that in the future lots of students who have always dreamed of...
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Working in the USA: Lizzie Offiler

Working in the USA: Lizzie Offiler

Lizzie Offiler was one of around 40 students who chose to take LJMU English's Working in the USA module in her second year with us. Here's her account of her experiences working and living in America this summer. On Friday 13th May 2016, I flew out to Boston Logan International Airport to begin my travels in America. I was greeted by my Aunt who I was to stay with for the entirety of the time I was working there. I have a lot of family in America and as a result, I have been over to visit my family more times than I can remember, but working there enlightened me to an entirely different experience to what I have been used to in the past. I worked at two placements whilst in America, the first in an elementary school, which is the same age group as primary school. My second placement was in the following high school, that the children in the elementary school will...
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The new LJMU English Academic Journal is here!

The new LJMU English Academic Journal is here!

It's Autumn again: time for a new academic year, a new start, and, of course, a new diary. The latest edition of our world-renowned English Academic Journal is ready and waiting, fallen from its tree like a ripe fruit... (ok, enough). So if you're studying English at LJMU, please make sure you pick up your very own free copy at Induction. As always, the EAJ is full of crucial information about the English Department, and about how to navigate smoothly and serenely through student life in Liverpool and beyond. The journal has been designed by students for students (with a little bit of help from Jo Croft), and it includes literary 'quotes of the week' as well as spaces for you to write out your timetable, reading lists, PDP sessions etc. This year's edition has extra note pages (as requested by you), and even has a special section for your own literary compositions. There are QR codes linked to this website, and - most importantly...
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LJMU English PhD Joseph Thorne on his role in ‘Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet’ Exhibition

LJMU English PhD Joseph Thorne on his role in ‘Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet’ Exhibition

Here LJMU English PhD Joseph Thorne talks about his involvement with Liverpool Central Library's current exhibition:  When I first applied to LJMU (back in the distant past of 2014), I was promised involvement with an exhibition on the late-Victorian Liverpool poet, Richard Le Gallienne. I’d come across Le Gallienne in my wider reading, but he was always a very marginal character. He was one of Oscar Wilde’s hangers on and then, following the Wilde trials, broke from Decadence and faded into well-deserved obscurity. And that was all there was to it. Or so I thought. When I started working my way through the extensive Le Gallienne collection, housed in the Liverpool Central Library, I was forced to re-evaluate Richard Le Gallienne. For those of you who know little about Le Gallienne, a brief biography is a good starting point. He was born as Richard Gallienne in 1866 to John and Jane Gallienne. His father, who worked at the Birkenhead Brewery, hoped that...
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PhD Jennie O’Reilly to give conference paper to the American Folklore Society

PhD Jennie O’Reilly to give conference paper to the American Folklore Society

LJMU English Phd student Jennie O'Reilly has just received support funding from both LJMU and the American Folklore Society to deliver a conference paper in the US. Here she describes the research underlying her proposal... Back in June of this year I received an email from the American Folklore Society informing me that my paper had been accepted at this year’s Joint Annual Meeting with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research – in Miami! What an incredible location for a conference... Addressing the theme of the conference on ‘Unfinished Stories’, my paper will focus on two ethnographies: Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston and Harry Hyatt’s Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork, both undertaken during the 1930s. ‘Florida is a place that draws people, white people from all the world, and Negroes from every Southern state surely and some from the North and West’ claimed Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and Men. When asked ‘where [did she] want to go to collect...
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Professor Glenda Norquay On Dangerous Women

Professor Glenda Norquay On Dangerous Women

While on a recent research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, LJMU English Professor Glenda Norquay took part in the Dangerous Women Project. This initiative explores what it means to be ‘a dangerous women’. Each day, over the course of a year, a Dangerous Women Project post reflects on the various ways in which women might be understood as ‘dangerous’.  Contributions come from poets, playwrights, politicians, academics, artists, journalists and anyone who feels they can contribute to the theme. Glenda’s post, which went live on Thursday 8th September, is about the writer Annie S. Swan and the ways in which we might think about the ‘dangerous’ nature of her popular fiction:  ‘Annie S. Swan: making people cry’: click here to read it. You might want to follow the project on Twitter or read other posts from the project about writers, activists, scientists, politicians  - all kinds of women, from all over the world, doing interesting things!...
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‘Strength Through Variety’: LJMU’s In the Red Magazine

‘Strength Through Variety’: LJMU’s In the Red Magazine

Now in its fifteenth incarnation, In the Red Magazine champions Liverpool's Student Writing Community in an annual prose and poetry collection. The objective of this year's edition is to celebrate 'Strength Through Variety'. That's not just prose, poetry, comedy and music, but all forms of art so long as it's expressive and true to the person who created it. Poignant essays? Heart shattering poems? Hilarious haikus? Bring in a canvas painting! We'll display it for you. If it comes from a place inside and you feel you can share it with us, we'll humbly respect that honour by being your limbo champions, bending over backwards 'til our necks touch the ground to ensure you get the recognition you deserve and in turn making you a part of something every single one of us can be proud of. If you have any ideas for content regarding our events, talk to us. If you have unique skills beyond putting pen to paper and expressing yourself (and...
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