Shantel Edwards

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About

I am a recent University of Birmingham graduate; I studied BA English Language & Literature here and stayed on to take my MA in English Literature. During my time at Birmingham, my curiosity in literature has expanded and flourished into fully grown interests, and my hope is that I will be able to help you too make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

I started work as a Student Engagement Facilitator in September 2013 and I will be working extensively with student societies, student reps and teaching staff on a range of exciting projects.

You can always contact me via email (s.edwards.6@bham.ac.uk) or twitter (@ShantelEDACS). I’m also active on many of the student facebook groups so any queries will be answered by me or other students; alternatively you can message me directly via facebook. If you’d rather talk in person, get in touch using any of the above to arrange an appointment to talk about the concerns and queries you have, and I will do my best to help, or find someone who can. I am also here to signpost English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies students to all the amazing opportunities and support that the school, the College of Arts and Law and the University have to offer.

Projects

Since starting in September 2013 I have been involved in the following projects:

  • University of Birmingham’s first ever on campus literature festival, Book to the Future. This week long festival brought well known authors, dramatists, historians and poets from across the country onto campus for a week-long celebration of the written and spoken word. The festival also hosted the first inter-university poetry slam, UniSlam!
  • A host of Welcome Week activities and events to ensure students feel comfortable in their department and effectively integrate into University life, including Staying Local Events and Guided Tours of the city centre.
  • Using social media to ensure that students in English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies hear about exciting and often exclusive opportunities for literary and cultural events, career or personal development and further study.
  • The launch of the English Department society (BEDSoc) Parent Scheme. Second and Third year English students volunteered to act as friendly, ‘familial’ mentors for first year undergraduates. The scheme aims to ensure that first year students settle into university and their department and support the transition into University life.

I very much look forward to continuing with, and expanding upon, these areas of work.

Ongoing Projects

  • Work with student societies to devise, promote, and assist committee members with organising events. Upcoming events include an end of term Fairy Tale themed English Ball and a Poster Conference for final-year English students to present their dissertation/research project research to staff and fellow students.
  • Department specific careers events that highlight the wide range of careers that a University of Birmingham BA opens up.
  • English Department Stratford Residential, a three-day study residential at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. The programme includes a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company (to see Henry IV – Part II), seminars, workshops, and other cultural events. The activities, talks and discussions will over all periods of English Literature, from the medieval to the contemporary, with Shakespeare playing an important but not exclusive part in proceedings. Alongside these study activities there will be a range of social activities and participatory events to suit the post-exam mood!
  • The Undergraduate Research Forum, which is a bi-weekly event which brings together academic staff, research student and undergraduates in the English department, to discuss and debate current research areas.
  • Supporting the Student Staff Committees in each department, to enhance student experience by listening to, and working upon, feedback raised.