More about Kyle
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“When first looking at university courses I was unsure about whether I preferred a literature or language specific route. The English course at NTU appealed to me as it meant I didn’t have to limit my pathways and engage with so many different forms of literature. Upon attending an open day, I was reassured that the course would suit me with the option to develop further.”
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
“I enjoy reading broadly and have done so from a young age. This English course allows me to continue doing so and read the books that truly resonate with me. The postcolonial literature and research produced at NTU is something that resonates with me also. I’ve now chosen the topic for my dissertation and thanks to the support of the staff here I might even choose to study it at postgraduate level.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The English course is one that has constantly evolved allowing me to develop various skills. In first year, I was introduced to literary theory and how to use it in various forms of literature. I then learned how to apply these skills in the employability modules in second year. I’m now able to collate all these skills and apply it to my own research projects and dissertation in my third year.”
What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?
“The support has always been amazing during my time at NTU. I have always had access to one-to-one meetings and responses to emails with any queries I have. I also had the pleasure of being a course representative in second year, which allowed me to develop an even deeper relationship, and understanding of what support is available to all students at NTU.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you? :
“The facilities at NTU are fantastic and have still managed to get even better during my time here. As a student primarily located on the Clifton Campus I’ve had the pleasure of using the newly developed Pavilion building, Library and brand-new Student Union (The Point). However, during my second and third year I’ve lived within the City which has allowed me to use the facilities available there as well such as Boots library, Global lounge and the Student Union gym. The university also provides fantastic resources for my course such as LibraryOneSearch which provides a fantastic database available on and off campus.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a wonderful city that is very welcoming to students. Thanks to a fantastic transport structure I’m able to live in the city and commute to Clifton. I also lived in halls in Clifton during my first year which was very convenient and allowed me to settle in to university life.”
Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
“This course is designed to allow students to discover the texts that truly resonate with them and enjoy exploring the vast field of literature out there. It also caters to so many different skills making students attractive to employers in so many different fields. This allows students to not limit their options when deciding on what their next step should be upon finishing their degree.”
Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went and what you did?
“I was a part of the Students in Classroom’s scheme during my first and second year working as a Teaching Associate. I first worked with year 7 students at The Nottingham Emmanuel School in both English and Drama lessons offering one-to-one tuition and supporting the teacher in lessons. I then worked in Bluecoat Beechdale academy with both year 7 and year 11 students offering guidance on exam technique and coursework as well as one-to-one catch up lessons.”
How will your course and/or placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?
“My course has certainly helped me developed an organised and critical way of interpreting literature. As someone who plans to teach English in the future it’s important at any level to be able to read, understand and present the information that I encounter. I have also gained valuable classroom experience while on the Students in Classrooms scheme.”