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Jack Graham

South Shields, UK

BA (Hons) English Literature

Jack Graham’s passion for English is what motivated him to study for the BA (Hons) English Literature degree at the University of Sunderland, which he chose due to the wide range of topics covered in the modules. He now works for the University in the International Office, where he’s able to put the transferable skills gained on his course into practice. Jack hopes to continue excelling in Higher Education, helping recruit applicants from all around the world to study here.

I came to university fresh out of sixth form – English was a subject I was passionate about both at secondary school and in Further Education, so I was excited at the prospect of studying it at degree-level. I knew a degree in English literature would equip me with a whole host of transferable skills that I could use in many different work environments once I graduated. It was important that I found a university that would allow me to delve into different areas of English at a higher academic level, and Sunderland helped me to do just that.

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland due to the wide variety of modules covered on the BA (Hons) English Literature course, which included topics ranging from British and Irish fiction to Gothic literature, all the way to the Romantic poets. Being born in the North East, Sunderland was the perfect option for me. The campus is close to local amenities and is easy to commute to with the local Metro station being a few minutes’ walk away, so it became a no-brainer.

My favourite part of the course was the people – students studied together regardless of their different interests in English, whether that be language, literature, or creative writing. This gave me a wholly unique insight into the subject, as well as a newfound appreciation and love for all aspects of English. The academics on the course were genuinely inspiring and more than happy to pass their knowledge onto us. Sitting down with a lecturer or the Programme Leader for further support was incredibly simple and you had a sincere appreciation for the knowledge they were providing.

I now work for the University as an International Development Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. I genuinely believe that my work in this role has benefitted from the essential skills I gained from studying for the English Literature degree. Without my strong written and verbal communication skills, I wouldn’t be able to complete my job effectively, as I regularly need to speak with partners and clients whose first language isn’t necessarily English, so I’m eternally grateful to the University of Sunderland for this.

Going forward, my aims are to continue working within the Higher Education sector, to excel within the International Office at Sunderland, and help applicants all around the globe to achieve education here in the heart of Wearside.

My advice to any prospective students thinking of studying at Sunderland would be to come and visit the campus if you haven’t done so already. The one thing that shouldn’t be underrated is the commitment of the University staff to offer support to make sure you’re comfortable. In my experience, the academics have always been willing to discuss the course, as well as the wider University, so if you have any doubts, make use of them!

In short, my experience of studying at the University of Sunderland was an overwhelmingly positive one, due to the fantastic teaching staff, the interesting and thought-provoking interactions with my fellow students, and the use of the professional services. The University has excelled in so many unexpected and incredibly valuable areas.”

Published 10 April 2024

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