The 2016 Elsevier University League Tables results have been published and the department has again been rated first in the Netherlands (followed by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Nijmegen).
The tables rank facilities, teaching, programme, staff, assessment, and organisation and communication. With the exception of Assessment (where Groningen received the second highest grade), the department was first or joint first on all other measurements. With the exception of one score that remained the same, all of the other scores increased.
These kinds of tables are never 100% accurate measurements of things, but they give students and potential students some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of particular departments.
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Esmé van den Boom (23) is the new University of Groningen poet. Van den Boom, who is taking a Master’s degree in Writing, Editing and Mediating, impressed the jury with her ‘intimate, understated poems’ that are rhythmic and linguistically strong and evoke surprisingly beautiful images. She is the seventeenth University poet.
This article from 9 August (sorry for the delayed posting) derives in part from research at the Department of English.
Textbooks published by W.W. Norton and Co. for first and second year courses from the site www.wwnorton.co.uk are sold to University of Groningen English department students at a 20% discount if you enter the code WN369 at the checkout. You can buy 3 Norton Critical Editions for the price of 2 by using the code WN339.
Please note that although this has been facilitated by me as it may be useful to students, I have nothing to do with Norton’s retail department and cannot answer questions about their site or sales processes. I do not claim that this is the cheapest way to purchase these books.
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“A bisexual New Yorker seeing a psychiatrist meets a neurotic woman seeing a psychiatrist.”
Beyond Therapy is a quirky comedy about a lonely woman (Prudence) who replies to a personal ad and meets an eccentric, outspoken bisexual man (Bruce) who wants Prudence to be the mother of his children.. and this is five minutes into their conversation. If Bruce sounds like he needs to be in therapy, he is. So is Prudence. However, both of their therapists are even more mentally messed up than the distraught main characters.
Directed by English student Elsemiek Hes. Actors include Dorian Smilda and Aubrey Williams.
Dates and times:
9 June – 20:30
10 June – 20:30
11 June – 15:00 & 20:30
Tickets via www.usva.nl – it is advised to immediately download the tickets after payment.
Information & event: https://www.facebook.com/events/236196316770962/
The John Gower Society, dedicated to the study of the leading medieval poet of the same name, has awarded Prof. Sobecki the John Hurt Fisher Prize for 2016.
The Society describes the Award as follows: ‘The Society’s highest honor, the Fisher Prize for “significant contribution to the field of John Gower Studies” is awarded annually at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan.’
Oscar Wilde’s comedy will be performed at the USVA on 25-27th Feb. 2016. For details see: https://www.facebook.com/events/224427411231559/
See BBC article that includes one of our UK students, Gemma Scott: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34721679