LJMU PhD student Ryan Coogan on front page of Times Higher

LJMU PhD student Ryan Coogan on front page of Times Higher

Back when I first decided to enter postgraduate education, opportunities for financial aid were few and far between. Ambition and outstanding grades didn’t necessarily translate to a Masters or a PhD; if you couldn’t afford the fees or the living costs, you would have to concede your place on your dream course to somebody who could. While this situation certainly seems to be improving – with the introduction of Masters’ funding this year, and PhD funding come 2018 – I wrote this article for the Times Higher Education to highlight the still-prevalent, popular distinction between the educated and the poor. While I make the point that the Brexit ‘experts’ debate seems to be the most recent manifestation of this distinction, the reason I wrote this piece was to get a few things off my chest about the more generally damaging attitudes towards working-class academics across all class boundaries. Hopefully we will eventually reach a stage where the notion that a person...
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Seminar Survival

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!), then go and read it now because it is very helpful and tells you everything you need to know about what to do in seminars. That said, I’m sure you want to know even more about what to do in seminars, which is why I’ve written even more about what to do in seminars. Being in a seminar is just like being at a house party, but you have to navigate it completely sober. That may sound awful, but at this party, learning is your drink of choice (stay with me), and if you take it one sip at a time your inhibitions will fade and you’ll soon be the life...
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Social Media Skills for Students

Social Media Skills for Students

Social Media Skills for Students is an LJMU English project which builds on Nadine Muller’s work-experience module ‘Express Yourself: Presentation and Social Media Skills’ by creating a resource that extends beyond the English undergraduate programme at LJMU and that is accessible and useful to all students within and outside the university. Through this dedicated website, students are able to draw on guides and exercises devised to maximize their digital literacy and provide them with a professional online presence that can function as a significant aid in their career development and prospects. The site was established and developed by Nadine and her team of amazing interns. ...
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Prison Voices

Prison Voices

Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, 1700-1900 is created by second-year undergraduates studying English literature and cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. In our blogs we examine the literature of crime and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries, both fictional and non-fictional, and consider how these influenced each other. ...
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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is offering up to 10 full time Graduate Teaching / Research Assistant Studentships in a range of disciplines to start in October 2014. This studentship scheme offers a valuable opportunity to study for a PhD while teaching in subjects broadly related to your PhD research. The studentship covers full tuition fees and a bursary of £13,863 for three years, based on successful PhD progression. GTAs work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support student learning for up to 180 hours in each academic year. These activities include supporting lectures, leading seminars, providing tutorial support, demonstrating in practical classes, marking student assessments and exam invigilation. GTAs will undertake a programme of teaching and learning skills development during the first year, and will be encouraged to attend a range of researcher development sessions in line with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework throughout their...
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English Students Write Blog Posts for Journal of Victorian Culture Online

English Students Write Blog Posts for Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Six Level 5 English students have written a series of blog posts about crime and punishment in Victorian Liverpool for the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, the blog for the respected Journal of Victorian Culture. As part of the second year English module, Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession 1700-1900, students took to the city’s streets to explore the spaces of Victorian crime and punishment. The module, which is led by Dr Helen Rogers, explores both real and imagined prison voices investigating, for example, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1861) alongside the criminal confessions and historical debates about confinement that Dickens drew upon. Zoë Alker, an LJMU doctoral student whose thesis examines violent street robbery in mid-Victorian Liverpool, was asked to run three sessions related to her research and decided to organise field trips to the places that featured so heavily in her case studies: the nineteenth-century Assize court in St George’s Hall, and the former bridewell on Argyle Street. During these sessions, students...
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