Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Profiles

Department of English

Dr Simon Rennie

Lecturer in Victorian Poetry

"I loved the way that students from very varied backgrounds were given the opportunity to improve themselves and the world around them through greater understanding."
What is your current role and what are your main responsibilities?

I am Lecturer in Victorian Poetry at the University of Exeter. My teaching includes supervision and convening large modules and designing and running smaller, elected modules. I am also allocated time to carry out my own research.

What did you enjoy most about your degree and why?

The opportunity to read literature and discuss it critically was a constant joy. I made many friends at Manchester Met including students and staff, and I enjoyed the opportunity to immerse myself in university culture through events and social activities. Although the English department at Manchester Met is quite big, the way the programme was designed made it more and more accessible as the degree progressed and I liked feeling part of a community of learning. Because I was a mature candidate and did not have A Levels I gained original access to the degree through experiential learning and I will always be grateful to Manchester Met for having initial faith in my ability to succeed academically.

What key skills/achievements did your degree help you gain?

Skills: Critical thinking, self-confidence, analytical approach, self-discipline Achievements: First Class degree, Duncan Prize for achievement in and all-round contribution to the degree

What is your top tip for other students looking to study your degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University?

Do the reading!

Please complete this sentence: ‘I’m inspired by…’

I’m inspired by my experience as a student at Manchester Met to regard education as a real process of social and personal change.

In one sentence, please describe what you loved most about Man Met:

I loved the way that students from very varied backgrounds were given the opportunity to improve themselves and the world around them through greater understanding.

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