Read all about it – the English Literature student experience

So, why should you study English Literature at Chester? Of course, you’ll have the opportunity to read some really great books and learn more about language, but what else can a degree in English Literature offer you and what is it really like to be a Literature student at Chester?

By gathering together a range of news stories from the Department of English at Chester, this blog gets to grips with what to expect should you choose to study English Literature at Chester. And, if after reading this blog, you’d like to know more, please feel free to visit us and see for yourself what it is like study English Literature at Chester. 

100% Satisfaction

English Literature students

Each year, the Department of English consistently gets high ratings for student satisfaction. Recently, 100% of our single honours English Literature students stated, in the National Student Survey, that they were satisfied with teaching, the detail of comments on feedback, and the programme overall. We’re really pleased to be receiving this praise and feedback as we feel this clearly demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our students gain the best possible learning experience from our team of dedicated staff.

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What the Dickens?

Diabolical Dickens event

To celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens a couple of years ago, the Department of English held the first in a series of ‘Writers in the Chapel’ events. Staff and students brought Dickens to life before heading off to one of the Professor Glyn Turton Lecture series to hear Professor John Bowen’s talk on ‘Diabolical Dickens’. It was a great evening enjoyed by all who attended and just one example of the fantastic events run by the Department of English to enhance your student experience.

Over the past few years we’ve also had a Royal Literary Fellow (RLF) in residence in the Department. They have helped to assist students, provided one-to-one appointments and offered advice on writing academic essays and developing writing skills.

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Your Employability

English students graduating

Although graduation may seem a long way off, it’s still worth thinking about your future employability and what you can get out of your time at Chester. With one of the highest employability rates in the region, the Department of English are consistently towards the top of the graduate employment league tables in the North West. There are all sorts of ways in which you can enhance your employability whilst you are studying with us, including Work Based Learning, EYE (Enhance Your Employability) training and our unique Chester Difference Award.  Further details of these schemes, amongst many others, can be found within the Future section of this website.

In recent years, English students have been on Work Based Learning placements across a range of sectors including education, publishing, print media, advertising and marketing, as well as libraries and museums.

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Get Involved

There’s always a lot going on within the Department of English. Whether you are a poet or a thespian, an editor or a backstage artist, or, if you just want to come along and watch – there’s plenty to do. There is the English Literature Society, open mic nights, and our drama productions. There’s also Pandora’s Box, where students can see their poems or short stories published.

Read more about events you can get involved with

Visit Us

If this blog has made you eager to find out more, you can visit us and see for yourself what makes English Literature at Chester such an appealing subject to study. If you have already applied and received an offer of a place to study at Chester, make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to visit us at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days. And if you have any questions, you can email us at or call 01244 513152.  You can also follow the Department on Twitter at @UoCEnglish

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