School of Liberal and Performing Arts
University of Gloucestershire
Cheltenham GL50 4AZ
Students on the Field Trip module spent a week in Cordoba, Spain, researching Andalusia's vibrant history and culture:
Andrew Goatly, honorary professor at Lingnan University, gave an invited speech entitled Grammar and the human nature relationship in environmental discourse and poetry.
The award winning poet and socially engaged artist, Helen Moore, lead a practical workshop that explored the power of poetry to change the world.
Students on the English course take part in a great variety of events, from student conferences and trips to the Globe Theatre in London, to an optional week-long field trip in Spain. This page describes some of the many events that students on the English degree (and related degrees) have taken part in during their time at the University of Gloucestershire.
During induction week, English students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Everyman Theatre in Chelthenham. There are a lot of opporunities to see performances in this beautifully restored Victorian theatre.
photo credit: Alexandra James
Second year students visited the Jane Austin House Museum in Chawton.
English students enjoyed a workshop with the highly talented playwright and performer Yolanda Mercy, then stayed to see the sold-out performance of her play Quarter Life Crisis.
Charlotte von Bülow, the founder and CEO of the Crossfields Institute, gave an inspriational speech on Communicating Leadership in Uncertain and Complex Times, followed by a workshop for students
There are many trips to the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and the world-renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival, where speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison.
Staff and students explored the beautiful Stroudwater Canal, walking along its banks all the way to Ebley while looking in to the origins and evolutions of place names.
English students will visit the Globe Theatre in 2018 to watch a Shakespeare play and learn about the history of theatre.
English students will visit the Tower of London in 2018 to explore the historic setting of many works of literature.
Students have visited the Forest of Dean several times to investigate the unique forest dialect.
Alex Steele gave a guest presentation on language, communication, innovation, leadership and creativity, with the help of his jazz band.
Storytellers and story-writers Anthony Nanson and Kirsty Hartsiotis explored ways that imaginative stories can re-enchant our lives and the world we live in with qualities of empathy, connectedness, and significance.
Jacquie Crago, a top UK voice coach who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare company and on the west end hit War Horse, led workshops on voice and accents.
Geoff Mead, director of the Centre for Narrative Leadership lead a workshop on the power of storytelling to transform organisations.
Camille Cowe, Head of Community Arts at The Everyman Theatre, has given many workshops for students on voice and confidence in public speaking.
Professor Tim Ingold, whose work on ‘dwelling’ and ‘taskscapes’ had a major influence on new nature writing in the UK, gave a talk on Lines and the Weather.
Bonnie Greer OBE, playwright, novelist and critic gave a talk on Disruption and Insouciance.
Professor Glyn Campbell, McGill University, Montreal, gave a talk on The Indian Ocean Slave Trade.
Students studying a module on American literature went on a field trip to the American Museum in Bath.
Second and third year students took part in the Student Research Conference and presented their work.
Students and staff visited the beautiful late-Victorian Wightwick Manor and Gardens, home to an important Pre-Raphaelite art collection.
Students went on a theatre trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see an RSC performance of Aphra Behn's Restoration drama The Rover. This is just one of many theatre trips.
Students and staff went on to see Terence Rattigan's play French Without Tears at the Everyman Theatre.
There are many informal events where staff have coffee or lunch with groups of students and talk about their research.
On a cinema trip students and staff saw the film Arrival and discussed how humans could communicate with aliens
Tim Dee, the acclaimed nature writer, naturalist, BBC radio producer and broadcaster gave a talk on his latest book.
Dr Aidan Byrne gave a masterclass on The Mabinogi, nation, and rewriting myth
A group of second year students created an online course as part of their interships.
Students on the Language History module took part in an in-class poster presentation.
Third year students will take part in a large Dissertation Conference, presenting their work to other students and the public.
Students on the Scholarly Research Project module created and published their own hardback book, each student contributing a chapter.
Five students worked as research interns with a member of staff to edit and publish a new version of a renaissance play written in 1637.
Students went on a theatre trip to watch David Hare's Absence of War
Students went on a day trip to visit the historic Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire.
Students attended a storytelling event at the Wilson Gallery called Gloucestershire’s Ghost Tales