BA English student profile: Claire Cusack

Claire Cusack  is 2020 BA English graduate from Middlesex University and winner of the Dean’s Award for Best Independent Project in English.

Claire Cusack

“Studying BA English at Middlesex was a great experience and one that allowed me to grow immensely as a writer. Over the past 3 years I have learnt new skills that have helped me to enrich my creative pieces and become a more confident writer.

My third year at Middlesex especially helped me hone in on the skills I have learnt as my final project was a 5,000 word piece of creative writing. After putting a lot of time and effort into finishing the piece and therefore completing my studies, I feel satisfied knowing that I have done my absolute best and can take what I have learnt and use it in whatever career path I end up taking.”

Read Claire’s award-winning crime-fiction that she developed for her final year Independent Project, featuring detective Jennifer.

‘On the Chase’

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The meeting room fell silent when the retrieved footage appeared on the screen and showed the robber at work. Covered from head to toe in all black protective gear and a motorbike helmet, the individual opened the money vault, having punched the numbers in without hesitation. They strolled away confidently. Hips swayed. A woman? She departed with two gym bags filled with cash.

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BA English student profiles: Natalie Rose

Natalie Rose (third-year BA English student) describes her experience of studying at Middlesex:

Natalie Rose BA English.png“Being a student is about indecisiveness and experimentation. It’s about trying everything possible so that, once you graduate, you know exactly which path is right for you. It’s about figuring things out, and then changing your mind and having to figure it all out again.

English at Middlesex University epitomised this experience for me. The course was so widespread that not only did we journey through the depths of language, we uncovered the definitive rules of genre, and marvelled at the complexity and importance of literature, both old and new. Each topic covered was not only interesting to learn, but with each class it revealed to me something new I could be capable of. Every experiment was a test – could this be what my future is made up of? And each lesson learnt was an accomplishment, an experience I had gained, something new to push me over and beyond what other students from other universities had to show.

There is no one path selected for you at Middlesex. You are not bound to academia, to teaching, to linguistics. You have every available option spread out before you, and you learn how to excel in whichever of these options interest you most. Extra-curricular opportunities and dedicated, friendly lecturers mean that your education does not stop when you leave the classroom. There is no limit at this university to the things you can discover, only how much time you give yourself to try each new opportunity out.”

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Read Natalie’s outstanding romance, Disengaged that she wrote for her third-year module ‘Writing for Popular Markets’, taught by Adam Dalton.

Disengaged

Chapter One

All along the bar were shimmering, giggling girls falling over their half empty drinks while chatting to greasy looking guys. Unfortunately, Bree was one of them. I was pissed – tonight was meant to be our time.

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BA English student vlog applying narrative analysis to music videos

Ever wondered how narrative theory can be applied to music video?

In this vlog, BA English graduate Angelica Ante explores the narrative of Eminem’s song and music video ‘Stan’.

This vlog was produced and recorded by Angelica as part of her assessment for the third-year BA English module entitled ‘Media Communication’.

The task involved the student showcasing her ability to implement a close, theoretically-informed reading of a specific media text in the form of a video where she performs an analysis with images as well as speaking to camera.

angelHere’s the link: https://vimeo.com/329274523

Angelica Ante (2019 BA English graduate)

2020 Winners of English Graduation Prizes

Every year, the executive dean of our Faculty awards two prizes to BA English graduates, based on the recommendation of the June assessment board.

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We would normally call out the names of the prize winners at the July Graduation ceremony, which unfortunately had to be postponed, due to social distancing etc. We therefore, held a ‘virtual’ graduation party with our finalists to announce this year’s very deserving winners:

  • Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in English: Yvonne Alexander-Taylor
  • Award for Best Independent Project in English: Claire Cusack

Huge congratulations to the two winners! They will be rewarded with a Letter from the Executive Dean and also a generous voucher for online purchases.

And of course well done to all our graduates for all their achievements over the past three years!

P.S., check Yvonne’s great new blog documenting the highs and lows of becoming a first-class English graduate.