English Literature and Theatre students should be able to complete an English Literature Final Year Project

Passed: May 2018 (1st)

What's It About?

English Literature and Theatre students are single-honours students who complete up to two-thirds of their course in English Literature. Currently, they can only complete an FYP in theatre, directing or performing a piece of drama. They would like the option, as joint-honours students have, to complete an FYP in their other discipline (English Literature).

Why Have You Proposed It?

English Literature and Theatre students only have one performing module before their FYP, and some feel as though the culmination of their degree could be better completed in the part of their degree which they have often spent most of their time. English Literature students currently have the choice to complete a Creative Writing FYP, as well as a traditional English Literature Dissertation or Textual Editing Project. English Language and Literature students have the choice to complete an English Literature FYP.

Expires: May 2021 (1st)

Submitted By: Lisa Marie Benson & Katherine Corcoran

Officer: Education

Area of Work: Academic


June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

October 2019: No progress as yet, but Abiha, Education Officer, has ambitious plans in this area. Has been talking to LUU's Chief Exec about it - will be housed in her objectives so will be a priority.

October 2018: A review of English coming up, which includes questions on final year projects. ART supports the reps on writing a report that is delivered to the department. SAER (Student Academic Experience Review)

June 2018: Academic Representation Team met again with Lisa & Katharine (having already done so before the Forum) and to arrange to meet with the School to see what, if anything, can be done. If this change itself isn't possible, there are still ways we can use this to ensure students are supported as best as possible through clearer marking criteria and rubrics, more support ahead of performance-based FYP, ensuring feedback from 2017/18 third years is responded to. There is a broader problem of lack of choice for joint honours students re: choice for FYP, highlighted by curriculum evaluation project - will be further work with students on this in 18/19.

May 2018: Academic Representation Team worked on this with the proposers, who are both reps. Students have met with DSE of English. The School is not in favour of changing the English Literature & Theatre FYP which is currently performance-based. However, measures are being taken to ensure students on this programme are fully satisfied.