Enhancing your Degree

Writers in the Chapel
Writers in the Chapel

Diabolical DickensTo celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, the Department of English held the first in a series of ‘Writers in the Chapel’ events. Students and staff came along on a cold Christmassy night for mulled wine and readings from Dickens. Dickens’ own public readings were dramatic, entrancing and hugely popular. It is suggested that his stage shows created a new art form and some even say that given the length and breadth of his tours he was the first pop star.  Staff and students bought Dickens alive before heading off to one of the Professor Glyn Turton Lecture series to hear Professor John Bowen on ‘Diabolical Dickens’.  It was a great evening and just one of the events which the Department of English at the University of Chester run to enhance your degree programme.


Mike HarrisReading, writing and debating are at the heart of what you will be doing on your degree programme. The Department will help you in all kinds of different ways to ensure that you are always achieving your best. For the last few years a Royal Literary Fellow (RLF) has been in residence in the Department and whether it is help with writing an academic essay, polishing your writing skills, enhancing your presentations or advice on your Creative Writing, they are here to help with one-to-one appointments available throughout the year.  This year script writer, director, academic and former journalist Mike Harris is on hand to help. Last year screenwriter Helen Farrall was in residence and available for one-to-one tutorials to help all our students of Creative Writing and English (Literature and Language), at all levels with their writing skills. Her credits include Emmerdale, Crossroads, Dream Team, Bad Girls, Grange Hill and Byker Grove. With such expertise at hand helping you to polish your writing you can always submit work with confidence.


Helen Farrall"As the Royal Literary Fellow, my job is to help students to fulfil their potential by giving tips to improve their writing and showing them how to express themselves clearly and confidently on the page." (Helen Farrall, RLF)

"The opportunity to speak with someone and to look over my work with fresh eyes is extremely valuable, as it allows me to talk through my ideas and figure out how to put them on paper. It also provides an opportunity for someone to point out those silly mistakes that everyone makes in their writing so you can change it before finally submitting your work to be marked." (Lauren Murphy – Level 6 Student)