Thursday 28 February 2013

EAC PG Social

Attention postgraduates and staff in EAC:

You are warmly invited to an EAC spring celebration at Kro Bar (Oxford Road, M13 9PG), Thursday, 7 March, from 5.00, in the upstairs rooms. Apart from welcoming the warmer weather (they say), we also hope to welcome our new PhD students and any other new arrivals to EAC.

Do join us for some free wine and for the legendary fast-disappearing snacks. Postgraduates and members of staff are all welcome.

Best wishes

David Firth and Rena Jackson
Postgraduate Representatives
English, America Studies and Creative Writing

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Name this blog

Name this blog

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is holding a competition to name its new student blog.
We want a name that sums up what it’s like to be a student at Manchester .*
The winning entry gets a prize of £50 plus 2 academy tickets.
Closing date – Monday 11th March 2013
Send an e-mail with your suggestion to:
*(keep it clean)

Student Blog Competition

Your subject needs you

Have you got what it takes to blog for your subject?  Could you blog for the School?
·      We’re looking for first year students with a lively writing style to blog about their experiences of studying at Manchester. 
Could you give an honest, entertaining and informative account of your life as a student?
·      If so, then we’d like to hear from you.  Send your blog entry (max 400 words, pictures & videos can be included) on the subject of ‘campus life’ to:
Closing date – Monday 11th March 2013
The best entries will be invited to become the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures’ official blogger for their subject.  We will also be awarding a prize to the best blogger in the School.

Monday 25 February 2013

Mike Sanders on Radio 4

Mike's work on the Chartist Hymn Book made it on to the Radio 4 'Sunday' programme! The feature starts at 20:23 and runs for about six minutes:

Friday 22 February 2013

EAC Research Seminars Spring 2013

All seminars are in A113 (Samuel Alexander Building) at 5 o’clock


Wednesday 27th February

Prof Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University

‘Scorbutic Nostalgia and the Trials of Imagination’ 


Wednesday 6th March

Dr John Nash, Durham

‘“Talk, talk, talk”: Virginia Woolf and Ireland’ 


Wednesday 20th March

Prof. Simon Gikandi (John Edward Taylor Visiting Fellow), Princeton 

‘Race and the Problem of Modern Time’


Wednesday 17th April

Dr Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary

‘Network analysis and the archives: Protestant letter networks in the reign of Mary I’


Wednesday 24th April

Brook Lecture

Prof. Helen Fulton, University of York


Wednesday 1st May

Dr Santanu Das, Kings College London

‘India, Empire and the First World War: Objects, Images, Words’


Thursday 21 February 2013

Become a Peer Mentor - volunteers needed!

Recruitment has now begun for the EAC Peer Mentoring scheme. Becoming a Peer Mentor is not only an impressive role to put on your CV, but it also gives you the chance to contribute to helping next year's first-year students manage the transition between college and university.

If you had a good experience of Peer Mentoring this year, please sign up and help to give others the experience that you had. Equally, if you felt there were things that could be improved within the scheme, this is your chance to make a difference. Attached is a leaflet explaining more about the role.

If you're interested in developing skills of communication and teamwork, and eager to improve the university experience for first-year students, then please email me at by Wednesday 27th February.

Please include your name and your student ID number.


Chloe Williamson
EAC Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The University of Manchester recently launched this year’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). I’m writing to ask you if you would take a little time to complete the survey.

PTES is the only national survey to gather students’ opinions about their taught postgraduate experience. Your opinion is really important to us as PTES helps us to identify where we are doing well as well as areas for improvement, and compare our performance nationally, and so to make changes that will help make the experience better for students in future.

The survey opened on Monday 18th February and run until 30th April. It’s quick and easy to complete. Information is submitted securely. Results are anonymous and are confidential to the university. You can access the survey through

We do hope you will take part and by doing so help us to make the experience for future taught postgraduate students even better still. 

PTES 2013 is run in association with the Higher Education Academy, the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education in the United Kingdom. Since the survey began in 2009, over 85,000 taught postgraduate students have taken part.

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Careers Event for EAC students - 13th March

English, American Studies & Creative Writing
Careers event: Weds 13th March, 4.30 – 6.00pm
A7 Samuel Alexander Building

Thinking about your career?  Wondering what to do once you’ve graduated?  Here’s an opportunity to come and hear former students from our department talk about the uses they have made of a degree from the department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing.

We have arranged for a panel of former students, from a variety of occupations (including media, journalism, writing, accountancy and local government) and at different stages in their career, to come and talk to you about their experiences and the ways in which their degree has helped them in their chosen career.  There will also be a chance for you to ask them questions.  Confirmed speakers include:

·      Phoebe Myers BA (Hons) English and American Literature 1990 - "I am a Divisional Accountant working in the NHS for Stockport Foundation Trust three days a week.  I am studying for an MA in Visual Culture one day a week, and I do various other things on my fifth day – currently GSET Tutor on Interactive Arts degree course at MMU."
·       Dan Poole: BA (Hons) English and American Studies 2003 - "I’m at Monocle magazine (, where my title is sub editor & writer. As you might guess my roles are sub-editing and writing for the magazine, as well as acting as editorial manager for the advertorials that appear in the mag."
·      Mark Piggott, MA Creative Writing 2006 – "I’m an author and journalist. As an author I write contemporary fiction, including novels and short stories. As a journalist I investigate and write features for national newspapers including the Times and Guardian. You can read about my work on my website at"
·      Rosie Rees-Bann, MA English & American Literature 2012 – “I’m on the graduate management training scheme at Manchester City Council.”

There are 50 spaces available and you need to book a place.
To book a place please register here:  
In case of any difficulties contact Dr Michael Sanders: