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‘Doping in Sports’ – Teaching Experience

On 12th July 2016 a ‘Doping in Sports’ Conference was held in LJMU’s Tom Reilly Building. This was part of a much larger project with LJMU’s Endocrinology department, as well as the British Endocrine Society. This was my experience of our English-related part… Teaching is something I am considering doing...

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Erasmus Opportunities: Naples, anyone?

Dr Filippo Menozzi, our (Italian) English lecturer, has been working to establish a new Erasmus opportunity for future students on the programme (like you, if you’re a Fresher in 2016!). This will allow future level 5 students (who enter their second year from 2017/2018 onwards) the chance to spend a term studying in...

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Reading Is Good For You

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. We all have our own stories of how we became readers, whether you were introduced to reading as a child, or came to it of your...

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Your Massive Reading List

Have you read the book for this week? Have you? Have you read all of the books IN THE WORLD? Because you need to – immediately! You are an English student now and the most important thing about being an English student is making sure that you never do anything...

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Film/TV Adaptations.

I have mentioned in my Wuthering Heights post that it is not good to rely on the film or TV version of a book. I stand by this. Reading the book is essential. Films and TV just don’t have the time or the scope to convey everything that a book...

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Worried? Afraid? Made the Wrong Choice?

Now that a few weeks have passed, you’re probably fed up of being told to read books. You might even be feeling daunted by the amount of books you have to get through, but the best way to deal with this is simple, just take it one book at a...

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Seminar Survival

If you are a good student (and I know you are) then you’ll have read your English Style Guide from cover to cover at least five times and will be very familiar with the section titled: ‘Seminars and What to Do in Them’. If you haven’t read it (Shock! Horror!),...

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This Is How We Do It: Recipes

Whether you’re living at home or living in halls it is important to eat well. It’s not only good for the body but for the brain too. I know it can be difficult after a long day to go home and cook, and I also know it’s far more pleasing...

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The Independent Scene: Food and Drink pt.1

As the only non-North West based member of T.E.A (Midlands, not Southern), I would like to share some of my new found Liverpool knowledge with all and sundry. Since I moved to God’s city, despite there already being a wealth of trendy and delicious treats on offer, it seems a new place...

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The Independent Scene: Food and Drink pt. 2

I am predominantly vegetarian although I am actually a pescatarian. So, I am writing part two of where is good to eat and drink from a slightly different perspective. Liverpool has so many great places to eat and drink it’s hard to choose, thus I am breaking them down a little…...

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Plagiarism: A Guide

During your university career you will on plenty of occasions be reminded what a terrible thing it is to commit so-called ‘Academic Misconduct’. These warnings may seem dramatic, your tutor may even include pictures of skulls in their powerpoint presentation in a desperate attempt to deter you, but there is...

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The Library is Your Friend

The library really is your friend but like all friends you need to give it love and attention. It’s just like that one friend you have who is clever and beautiful but also like, totally deep and complicated and if you don’t make an effort to really understand, they’ll walk off in...

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Tips on Secondary Sources

Here are some tips and help in finding those pesky secondary sources! I know that most of you will already know all of this, but just in case you don’t, here is some (hopefully helpful) advice. Firstly, never ask yourself “how many sources can I get away with?”. The more...

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The Library Archives

By now you will probably be experts in using the library (if not you can consult our helpful post and/or get in touch with the nice library folk), but have you ever used the archives in Aldham Robarts? Perhaps you have heard talk of The Lower Ground Floor and wondered...

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Literary Connecticut: The Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses

Located in Hartford, the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses are a must-see for any literature students visiting Connecticut. Twain and his wife Olivia commissioned the New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their elaborate home in 1873, and they moved in during September 1874. The house was as fancy...

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LJMU To Host Conference on Malcolm Lowry

2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Malcolm Lowry’s great modernist novel Under the Volcano, and the sixtieth anniversary of Lowry’s death. From 28th to 29th July 2017, LJMU’s Creative Writing department will host a two-day international conference that will explore the legacy of Lowry’s work, his literary status...

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‘Nothing like first-hand evidence’: Jonathan Cranfield’s latest book published

Last month saw the publication of LJMU English’s Jonathan Cranfield’s latest book, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, 1891-1930, as part of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture series with Edinburgh University Press. Professor Douglas Kerr of the University of Hong Kong notes how the ‘partnership between Arthur Conan Doyle and...

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Masters by Research with LJMU English

LJMU English welcomes applications for our MRes programme for 2016-17. This is a year-long course that gives you the opportunity to realise a research project of your own devising, under guidance from an individual supervisor and alongside a lively community of postgraduate students within and beyond the English department. Come and...

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Internships with The Reader Organisation

Calling all LJMU English students! The (Liverpool born and bred!) Reader Organisation have been in touch, and want to let you know about their next round of intern recruitment. They have a variety of roles available, and pay travel expenses and sustenance remuneration. This is a really great opportunity for volunteers to gain an...

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Careers with English: The Reader Organisation II

‘The Reader’ is a national reading charity with a unique shared reading model that reaches across all ages, demographics and settings, and began in Liverpool in 1997. They use great literature as a tool for living which helps people better connect with themselves and others, enabling them to realise the changes they want to...

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English Class of 2016: We DID Go to the Ball!

On the (rather damp) evening of Thursday, 19th May 2016, an extraordinary thing happened. Final year students of LJMU English, having finally finished all of their assessments (and fully cognisant of a variety of critical approaches to the fairy tale form), DID go to the ball – the inaugural English...