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Subject Study Days

"Judging the literary works of the past: A cross-curricular study day"

On Saturday 8th June 2024, New College will host a study day for Year 12, state-school students who are interested in pursuing a degree at a Russell Group University in either:

  • Modern Languages

  • English Literature

  • A combination of the two

Up to £100 in travel expenses will be paid for by New College and a hot lunch in our Dining Hall will also be provided.

Following the event, attendees will encouraged to enter an essay competition which has a £500 cash prize.  In addition, £250 worth of books will be donated to the winner's school library. 

  • Outline of the day

    Taking place on Saturday 8th June 2024 in New College, Oxford, this cross-curricular study day will explore the following essay question:

    "In reading the literary works of the past, to what extent should we judge them according to our own moral and literary standards?"

    10:00am - 10:30am - Arrivals

    10:30am - Introduction to the day

    10:45am - 11:45am - Academic Session 1

    12:00pm - 12:45pm - Lunch in New College Hall

    12:45pm - 1:45pm - Academic Session 2

    2:00pm - 3:00pm - Academic Session 3

    3:15pm - 4:00pm - Essay writing session and setting of essay competition question

    4:00pm - 4.30pm - Optional tour of New College

    4.30pm - Depart

  • How to apply

    In order to apply, you must be a Year 12 student in a UK state-school or sixth form college.  You should also be considering a degree in either Modern Languages, English Literature or a combination of the two at a Russell Group University.  

    You can submit your application via this online form.

    Applications close at midday on Wednesday 1st May 2024.

The tutors

The following New College tutors will deliver sessions during the day:

Andrew Counter

Professor Andrew Counter

Andrew's research considers the intersections of law, politics, sexuality and literature in France between the Revolution and the Second World War. He is a tutor of French at New College.

Hannah Sullivan

Professor Hannah Sullivan

Most of Hannah's work is about literary language. She is interested in how writers write and revise, and in the relationship between local and major form. She is also an award-winning poet and teaches English at New College.

Margarita Vaysman

Professor Margarita Vaysman

Margarita's research focuses on literary texts, primarily the Realist novel, and history of gender and sexuality. She teaches Russian at New College.