Workshops, Field Trips and Guest Speakers


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.

Alex Steele


Alex Steele gave a guest presentation on language, communication, innovation, leadership and creativity, with the help of his jazz band.

  Guest Speakers

American Museum


Students studying a module on American literature went on a field trip to the American Museum in Bath.

  Field Trips

Andrew Goatly


Andrew Goatly, honorary professor at Lingnan University, gave an invited speech entitled Grammar and the human nature relationship in environmental discourse and poetry.

  Guest Speakers

Anthony Nanson and Kirsty Hartsiotis


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.

  Workshops

Arrival


On a cinema trip students and staff saw the film Arrival and discussed how humans could communicate with aliens

  Field Trips

Bonnie Greer OBE


Bonnie Greer OBE, playwright, novelist and critic gave a talk on Disruption and Insouciance.

  Guest Speakers

Camille Cowe


Camille Cowe, Head of Community Arts at The Everyman Theatre, has given many workshops for students on voice and confidence in public speaking.

  Workshops

Charlotte von Bülow


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

  Guest Speakers

Cheltenham Festivals


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.

  Field Trips

Cordoba


Students on the Field Trip module spent a week in Cordoba, Spain, researching Andalusia's vibrant history and culture.

  Field Trips

Dissertation Conference


Third year students will take part in a large Dissertation Conference, presenting their work to other students and the public.

  Other Activities

Dr Aidan Byrne


Dr Aidan Byrne gave a masterclass on The Mabinogion, nation, and rewriting myth

  Guest Speakers

Everyman Theatre


During induction week, English students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Everyman Theatre in Chelthenham. There are a lot of opportunities to see performances in this beautifully restored Victorian theatre.

  Field Trips

Forest of Dean


Students have visited the Forest of Dean several times to investigate the unique forest dialect.

  Field Trips

French Without Tears


Students and staff went on to see Terence Rattigan's play French Without Tears at the Everyman Theatre.

  Field Trips

Geoff Mead


Geoff Mead, director of the Centre for Narrative Leadership lead a workshop on the power of storytelling to transform organisations.

  Workshops

Globe Theatre


English students visited the Globe Theatre in London to watch a Shakespeare play and learn about the history of theatre.

  Field Trips

Gloucestershire’s Ghost Tales


Students attended a storytelling event at the Wilson Gallery called Gloucestershire’s Ghost Tales.

  Field Trips

Glyn Campbell


Professor Glyn Campbell, McGill University, Montreal, gave a talk on The Indian Ocean Slave Trade.

  Guest Speakers

Hardback book


Students on the Scholarly Research Project module created and published their own hardback book, each student contributing a chapter.

  Other Activities

Helen Moore


The award winning poet and socially engaged artist, Helen Moore, lead a practical workshop that explored the power of poetry to change the world.

  Workshops

In-class poster presentation


Students on the Language History module took part in an in-class poster presentation.

  Other Activities

Informal events


There are many informal events where staff have coffee or lunch with groups of students and talk about their research.

  Other Activities

Jacquie Crago


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.

  Workshops

Jane Austen House Museum


Second year students visited the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton.

  Field Trips

Lacock Abbey


Students went on a day trip to visit the historic Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire.

  Field Trips

Online course


A group of second year students created an online course as part of their interships.

  Other Activities

Renaissance play


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.

  Other Activities

RSC performance


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.

  Field Trips

Stroudwater Canal


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.

  Field Trips

Student Research Conference


Second and third year students took part in the Student Research Conference and presented their work.

  Other Activities

Tim Dee


Tim Dee, the acclaimed nature writer, naturalist, BBC radio producer and broadcaster gave a talk on his latest book.

  Guest Speakers

Tim Ingold


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.

  Guest Speakers

Tower of London


English students visited the Tower of London to explore the historic setting of many works of literature.

  Field Trips

Wightwick Manor


Students and staff visited the beautiful late-Victorian Wightwick Manor and Gardens, home to an important Pre-Raphaelite art collection.

  Field Trips

Yolanda Mercy


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.

  Workshops