Harriet de Laine

Harriet de Laine

BA English 2015

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

I'm absolutely delighted to receive an award for my dissertation on translating Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It was a piece that I really enjoyed working on, and that took a lot of time and effort, so it’s lovely to be rewarded by the College of Humanities in this way. I intend to continue researching and writing on Chaucer and other Middle English writers in my future academic studies as they have sparked my imagination throughout my Undergraduate degree, and receiving this award has only added fuel to the fire! 

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

So much of my time at Exeter has been remarkable that it’s difficult to point out a single highlight, though receiving this award is certainly one of them! Some of my favourite English specific moments have been in seminars that fire everyone up and run away with themselves, or end up in The Ram…

What will you miss the most about University?

Too much, which is one of the reasons I’ve decided to stay to complete a Masters programme. I’ll miss my friends who are moving on, but I’m very happy to be staying at Exeter. 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

The English department is full of experts in their field, and learning from them is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. I’ve benefitted so much from having amazing lecturers and tutors who really know their stuff – it’s made my work and life much more interesting and intellectually challenging.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I begin an MA in English Literary Studies in September. I then hope to complete a PhD and work towards an academic career.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Who knows? But I like to think I might be back in Exeter, though perhaps on the other side of the tutor’s desk…