Student Opportunity: Call for Papers – Invisibility: The Absent, the Unseen, and the Forgotten

Dr Kaley Kramer, formerly of YSJU and now Deputy Head of English at Sheffield Hallam, has been in touch about 2019 SHU’s interdisciplinary conference, which will take place on 31st May and is open to postgraduate students and early career researchers who are within five years of finishing their PhD. I encourage any current student – and especially those who are currently considering PhD study – to submit a proposal and am happy to discuss their ideas with them.

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Words Matter Blog Christmas Social: Monday, 10th December

Dear Blog Writers and Want-to-be Blog Writers,

Don’t forget our Christmas Social next Monday, 10th December, in Cordukes CD002.

If possible, could you  let me, Adam or the school office know if you are coming – just so that we can guestimate the festive refreshments!  Also, please feel free to bring along any interested friends who might want to get involved.

We’re really looking forwards to seeing you there!

Seasons Greetings to you all.

Study Abroad: Amsterdam! by Oscar Williams

This is the second of this year’s dispatches from our outgoing Study Abroad students. We hope it inspires you to go on your own Study Abroad adventures. Scroll down for further information on how to apply.

Living and studying in Amsterdam has been one of the most formative experiences of my life. I love the place. It’s unlike anywhere else, you can be whoever you want to be here and there’s always something going on. Compared to cities like London or New York, Amsterdam feels more provincial—less intimidating. Nowhere is more than 30 minutes way by bike, everyone is friendly and there are several inner-city parks and forests. But at the same time, it also feels like one of the cultural capitals of the World, housing the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork, a thriving counter-culture and countless museums. Continue reading “Study Abroad: Amsterdam! by Oscar Williams”

Study abroad opportunities information session – with Danish pastries!

Study abroad opportunities
YSJ has links to universities across Europe, North America and beyond where you can spend time as part of an English Literature Single Honours or Joint Honours Degree. There are fee discounts and grants available. If you’d  like to find out more about the amazing opportunities on offer, and hear from students who have just returned from studying abroad, please come along to an info session in TU101 on 15 November at 11.30am with tutors and members of the study abroad team. Please click here to reserve a place for free coffee and Danish pastries.

If you’re unable to make the session, you can also email the Study Abroad tutor, Adam Stock (, or the Study Abroad team ( for further information. Hope to see you there!

Click here to read Rose Kirby’s experience in Sweden this semester

First Year Students needed for PhD research

Thomas St Quinton, PhD student at Leeds Trinity University, is investigating ways to promote physical activity within first-year undergraduate students. The study uses text messages to persuade students to be more physically active and is conducted online- please see the recruitment poster below.

The study has received ethical approval from the School of Social and Health Sciences ethics board, Leeds Trinity University (ref: SSHS/2018/024).

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form at the link here.


YSJU Graduate and Work Placement Fair, 17 October 2018

The Graduate and Work Placement Fair is on Wednesday 17 October – 11.00am – 3.00pm at York St John University in Temple Hall. We have a range of employer attending offering Graduate and Year in Industry opportunities and Summer Internships/Placements, a list of the organisations attending can be found here [–opportunities/careers-events/employers-and-organisations-on-campus/#d.en.44720] and below. The Fair is an opportunity for students to not only find out about a range of careers but to gain confidence in speaking to employers and start to build networks.

Graduate and Work Placement Fair, 17 October 2018

11.00am – 3.00pm in Temple Hall

Don’t miss this great opportunity to talk to employers, discover what career prospects are out there and where you fit in!

Employers Attending:

The Distance

Postgraduate Study at York St John

Yorkshire Education

Wolsely UK

Clinical Selection Ltd




Technology in Play


NFU Mutual


The Grand Hotel and Spa

Civil Service Fast Stream

Royal Air Force


Magical Maths


Stroud Resourcing

Mandarin Consulting





Teach First

Yorkshire Graduates


Enterprise Rent a Car

We Need You: Become a Writer for Words Matter!

‘Words Matter’ is our Literature Programme blog, a dedicated space for our students, staff and alumni. Check here for the latest news on forth-coming events and for opinion, commentary and reviews by your peers on the programme. The blog also explores, celebrates and promotes the ethos of our programme team, which is the belief that literature provides the means of interrogating and understanding the world we live in. We are therefore interested in exploring what literature can tell us about identity, politics and culture.

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