The Stratford Residential on the Birmingham English Programmes

Every June, students across all of Birmingham's BA English programmes are given the opportunity to participate in an exciting Shakespeare Residential, held in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Students on the Stratford Residential trip looking at scenes from Shakespeare painted on the wall

The residential is an exciting opportunity for the intensive study of English prose, poetry and drama, in a setting that only Birmingham can offer - due to an exclusive partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The programme includes a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a wide variety of seminars and workshops across all periods of literature, from detective fiction, to creative plagiarism and fiction about the undead!

There are also a range of practical workshops in which students explore textual, musical and theatrical ideas, alongside other cultural events.  Alongside these study activities there are a range of social activities and participatory events to suit the post-exam mood too.

What our students said about the residential:

  • ‘A wonderful experience that has proven I was right to choose Birmingham for my degree’
  • ‘I have loved the exposure to academics that are top of their field and spending time at the lovely Institute’
  • ‘Such a good experience – really enjoyed it’
  • ‘It was enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and brought us, as students, closer together’

Birmingham’s Shakespeare Residential Student Vlog / University of Birmingham