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. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a student here and my hope is that I will be able to help you make the most of your time here at Birmingham. I am also eager to make sure our students are aware of all the amazing opportunities and support that the School, College and the University have to offer.

You can always contact me via email (s.edwards.6@bham.ac.uk) or Twitter (@ShantelEDACS). Alternatively you can message me directly via the School of EDACS Facebook page. If you’d rather talk in person, please do feel free to knock on my door (132b, Arts Building) to discuss any queries, feedback, concerns or ideas you may have for enhancing your time here.

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. Our week long festival brings 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! Book to the Future will return to campus again in October 2014!
  • 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.
  • The launch of the Birmingham English Department society (BEDSoc) Parent Scheme.  Second and Third year English students act as friendly, ‘familial’ mentors to our incoming first year undergraduates. The scheme aims to ensure that first year students settle into university and their department and supports the transition into University life. Check out our EDACS Facebook page for pictures of some of our happy families!
  • The launch of a programme of Careers events that has seen recent EDACS graduates return to campus to give our students an insight into life after Graduation!

I very much look forward to continuing with, and expanding upon, these areas of work as we enter into the new academic year.

Ongoing Projects

  • Working with student societies and staff-student committees to devise new, exciting academic, cultural and social events. Last semester we hosted the BEDSoc Fairy Tale themed ball and a Poster Conference for final-year English students to present their dissertation/research project research to staff and fellow students.
  • This semester will host the launch of the first ever American and Canadian Studies Presentation Conference! Following on from the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) conference that the School of EDACS hosted in April 2014, students will be given the chance to construct a response to discussions that range from Dave Eggers to Tupac and present their work at our Presentation Conference.
  • Department specific careers events that highlight the wide range of careers that a University of Birmingham BA opens up.
  • The English Department Stratford Residential, which is a three-day study residential at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon hosted in June. The programme includes a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company, seminars, workshops, and other cultural events. The activities, talks and discussions range across 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 are a range of social activities and participatory events to suit the post-exam mood!
  • The Undergraduate Research Forum, which is a bi-weekly event bringing together academic staff, research students 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, student feedback.