Action on University Recruitment for English - an English: Shared Futures Satellite Event, 9 November, 2018, Manchester

Posted by hl11 at Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM |

We’re all only too well aware of the challenging recruitment environment we’re in at the moment. Demography and Brexit don’t help: the raw figures for Q3 English Studies also show a decline of acceptances of around 5% in 2017 from the previous year, and the figures are all in decline from a high in 2010: the whole code Q was down 7.8%.[i] Worryingly, the situation at A-level is even more precarious, with a sudden precipitous decline which may have a knock-on impact on HE recruitment.[ii]

An English: Shared Futures satellite event, supported by the English Association, University English and Institute for English Studies, Action on University Recruitment for English is a one-day workshop which aims to address this situation by encouraging colleagues to work collaboratively to attract good students to read English at University. If we have more good students in the system, we will all be better off, and the presence of English in the HE landscape will be strengthened. During the workshop, we will:

  • Analyse the situation for HE student recruitment in English, including deepening our understanding of the ‘life-cycle’ of recruitment in our discipline.
  • Address the challenges facing us, including emphasis on STEM, misunderstanding of what an English degree can provide to students
  • Develop strategies and forms of intervention, and share good practice throughout the discipline.
  • Develop a short information document and/or toolkit to share widely across the discipline.[iii]


Friday 9 November 2018 from 10.30 to 16.00 (GMT)


Friends Meeting House Manchester

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[iii] See, for a US example:

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