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English at Penryn
Dr Christopher Stokes
Hello – I’m Dr Christopher Stokes, and I’d like to welcome you to English at the University of Exeter’s vibrant, friendly and beautiful Penryn Campus! If you decide to accept our offer you’ll be joining our English programme in the Humanities Department, and we think you’ll love getting to know Cornwall and the rich, wonderful range of literature that we study here.
I originally was not aware of Penryn campus, when it came to my attention; I was won over by the environment and different course options with modules I had not seen anywhere else. The course has given me skills and ideas I had never encountered before, it gets better every year, as you start choosing your own path through different modules and personal research.
I work part-time at the campus library, as well as volunteering as an Editorial Assistant for Penryn Press, a student-run publisher.
Coming to study English at Penryn was one of the best choices I’ve ever made! While the campus is small, it offers a tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone. In fact the small course population ensures that we can have a much more engaging relationship with lecturers, whom are always available to lend assistance, or to generally explore an area of interest in greater depth.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, and especially in such an arty and cultured town as Falmouth; where even the pubs double-up as bookshops! After graduating I hope to go on to join the civil service.
My experience of studying English Literature at the University of Exeter has been wonderful, and I have grown so much as a person since starting here.
Being close to the sea offers many unique extra-curricular activities, that you wouldn't find elsewhere. The key to enjoying your time here, is to embrace everything Cornwall has to offer you. The English department is so supportive of the students and provide a great support network when it comes to studies and adapting to university life in general.
Studying English Literature and History at the Penryn Campus is an enriching experience! Firstly, the location of the campus introduces students to the wealth of beauty in Cornwall; with the campus garden; lavender field and campus cat close by, there is no place more welcoming than here.
The small cohort enables students to create long lasting relationships alongside other peers and staff members. Regular 1:1 office hours and tutorials, bridges the gap between lecturer and student, you really get know the experts in your field.
The course has been everything I expected it to be – and more. The course structure has been perfect for me.
The knowledge I gained from this year, was then enhanced in my second year, in which the modules took a more in-depth look at literature from four key literary movements, ranging from the Renaissance to the Decadent. The knowledge and confidence I gained from these two years has finally led me to make an informed choice in my area of study for my final year.
There is a strong sense of community among all staff and students, and a genuine sense that everybody cares. As a dyslexic student, certain areas of University are more challenging than school, like keeping up with note taking in lectures.
The University’s dyslexia support has provided me a personal tutor to help me and my professors are very helpful and understanding. The professors send out the lecture slides prior to lectures that allow me to record the lectures, so I can listen to them again afterwards. The dyslexia support means, I am able to study a subject that I have always wanted to pursue but have struggled with.
I love my course, and it is even better than I hoped it would be. It is a very warm and friendly environment to be and study in. There’s a lot of freedom in it, as well; the potential to be really individual with essay topics is definitely something you’re restricted with during A levels.
Throughout my degree, I’ve been involved in multiple societies, including being the Secretary of the Meditation Society. I’ve also volunteered with a local museum and have had a part time retail job.