DEL newsletter spring issue 3

Module Fair and Module Selection

To help you select your modules for next year, the department will be hosting a module fair for Part 1 students (choosing their Part 2 modules) and for Part 2 students (choosing modules for Part 3).

The Module Fair for Part 2 modules will take place on Wednesday 17 March at 2pm in Edith Morley Room G44.

The Module Fair for Part 3 modules will take place on Wednesday 17 March at 3pm in Edith Morley Room G44.

Module convenors will be available to answer questions and information on the modules will be available.

Students will also be able to consult their Academic Tutors about their module choices.

Module selection is done through RISIS and will begin in April (date to be confirmed).

DEL Research Seminar

Please join us for the second DEL research seminar of the term, when we will be joined by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of comics studies, Professor Hillary Chute. All welcome.

Wednesday 2nd March, 5.00-6.30 GMT:

Professor Hillary Chute (Northeastern University), ‘Maus Now’.

Topic: DEL Research Seminar

Time: Mar 2, 2022 04:30 PM London


RUSU elections

Voting has opened in the RUSU elections. Polls are opened Tuesday 22nd February to Friday 25th February 2022. Make sure you cast your vote and have your say!

For details on how to cast your vote, go to

If you have any problems participating, please contact

Introducing the RED Award

Reading Experience and Development (RED) award is the University’s scheme to help you build your extra-curricular activities and make them more visible to potential employers. Students normally complete the award within one academic, and when they have completed they receive a certificate that is included in your diploma supplement annex (part of the official University record of your degree). To gain an award, you need to do 40 hours activity overall: 35 hours of work-experience (paid work, internships, and some volunteering) and four hours of training and development (organised through the scheme.

You will find all the information about the scheme, and some case-studies by students who have already completed their award, on the  RED award ‘Essentials’ page.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History month with poetry

 ‘Homosexuality’ by Frank O’Hara

‘My Lover is a Woman’ Pat Parker

‘The Dream’ Aphra Behn

International Women’s Day 2022: Together we can!

This celebration of our amazing community of students and staff who are striving to make the world a fairer place for all women will feature:

Professor Parveen Yaqoob,

Professor Rosa Freedman

Professor Robert Van De Noort

Women’s Choir

Cheerleading society performance

Student presentations and art works


Refreshments and time to chat

To register, please click this link.

Things to do in Reading this summer

This issue and next we will look at the some of the places you can explore around Reading as the weather starts to improve!

Picture of Caversham BridgeAlong the Thames in Caversham

Personally my favourite thing about Reading is its proximity to the river Thames, which obviously runs through a lot of England but I think there are some pretty spots in Berkshire in particular! My recommendation to you would be to go to the river in Caversham, very easy to access from the town centre. Here you can see the Caversham Bridge (see photograph) as well as walk along the river and feed the ducks! The views are spectacular, there is something so calming about the water and the river gets wider the further up you walk. I like the luscious field that you pass and all of the weeping willows, It’s very uplifting and inspiring. Also if you walk towards Christchurch meadows and continue past the tennis courts you eventually come across the Caversham Lock and if you are lucky you might get to see it in action. This is a great activity to do in summer because people tend to gravitate towards bodies of water in heat. Overall this location is perfect for pictures and a great spot to watch the sunset.

picture of Reading Abbey ruinsThe Abbey Ruins

The abbey ruins near the town centre is worth checking out! I love that this piece of history exists right in the middle of the bustling shops, a juxtaposition between the modern and the old. Surrounded by the beautiful Forbury gardens and near a river this location feels like a little get away from all the noise of town. The structure itself is very impressive and I am a fan of the informative signs that are available, educating you on the history of the grounds. It’s fascinating to wonder through the exposed stone wall remains that are now grown over with nature and events are frequently put on here so keep an eye out!

World Book Day

Thursday 3 of March is World Book Day, and nobody loves books quite as much as English Literature students! To celebrate, we’ve decided to share some shelfies: our favourite books, all in a row.

About English Literature at Reading

The Department of English Literature at Reading has been an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in English Studies for over a hundred years. Our teaching system, with its emphasis on seminars and tutorial work, encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. All of our students have access to dedicated study advisors; our academic placement scheme and 'professional track' programme provide invaluable preparation for subsequent careers.
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