Catherine Fairfield

Catherine Fairfield

BA English 2015 (Penryn Campus)

Tell us about the award you have received today. What does this award mean to you?

Receiving the Arthur Quiller Couch Prize, the Departmental Commendation, and the Dean’s Commendation demonstrates to me that all of my work and extracurricular efforts have been recognised by the university. It is wonderful to be rewarded at the end of my degree and have so much to show for as I begin the next part of my academic career.

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at Exeter was having the opportunity to organise an interdisciplinary academic conference that allowed my fellow students and me to engage with academics and students from other institutions on an international level.

What will you miss the most about University?

The thing that I will miss most is the small-school feeling of Exeter’s Cornwall campus that makes working with lecturers more accessible.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Use as many of our campus’s resources as possible to make your time here exactly what you want it to be. From your department to the Students’ Union, there are so many opportunities such as travelling for research to supplement your coursework and running events on campus. Take advantage of them!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am beginning a PhD in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

In ten years’ time, I see myself as a university professor pursuing research in gender and sexuality studies, and challenging students to interrogate what they read.