Oxford African and Caribbean Society English Study Day

3rd June 2019

English Study Day

Magdalen collaborated with the Faculty of English and the Oxford African and Caribbean Society (ACS) to host an English Study Day in April. This was the ACS’s first subject-specific Study Day, and it was designed specifically for Year 12 school students of African and/or Caribbean heritages who are interested in studying English at university.

The day was structured around a series of workshops from leading academics across the university, including Magdalen English tutors Kate Bennett and Simon Horobin, alongside Elleke Boehmer (Wolfson), Natalya Din-Kariuki (Worcester), and Adam Smyth (Balliol). The students had an opportunity to push themselves above and beyond the school curriculum by discussing passages from authors such as Chinua Achebe and Andrew Marvell, and learning about topics ranging from travel writing to etymology.

“The day provided the students with a fantastic understanding and grounding should they wish to pursue an English degree in higher education, and they were also introduced to the intimate nature of the tutorial system here in Oxford,” explained ACS Access Reps Bree and Ope. “All aspects of the day were thoroughly enjoyable, with the visit to the prestigious Weston Library being particularly memorable. During this session students were able to compare and contrast early editions of Shakespeare with more contemporary versions.


IMG_3368“The students in attendance were extremely enthusiastic and engaged throughout, and we hope the day proved both informative and inspiring! We wish them all the best in their future pursuits and we hope to see them back in Oxford again!”

ACS ambassador Serena added, “I was honoured to help out with the African and Caribbean Society English Study Day – the sessions were down-to-earth, informative, and most importantly, interesting.

“The prospective students seemed to have a great time both in and out of the academic sessions and get a real picture of Oxford. They got to discuss literature with subject specialists in a way that you rarely get the chance to do before university. I would have loved to have gone to an event like it when I was thinking about whether to apply and really hope that such events become a regular occurrence.”

These collaborations form part of our broader series of outreach events organised by Magdalen College. For more details and to get in contact with our Outreach Officer Ed Dodson, please click here.

You can read about the ACS Offer Holders’ Day that was hosted at Magdalen here.