Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Profiles

Department of English

Jacqueline Grima

“My work with the Student Press Office has opened more doors than I could ever have imagined.”
About My Degree

I am studying on the novel route of Manchester Met’s MA Creative Writing and I am a part time, online learner. Despite our lectures and workshops taking place online, the quality of teaching for distance learners of the Manchester Writing School is outstanding with students receiving support from excellent, established, published and highly successful writers. There are also a host of opportunities offered whilst studying the MA to make connections with other writers and to see your work in print.

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

Engage with the university and the Manchester Writing School community as much as possible. Do the creative exercises, engage with peers, ask for feedback on your own work, get involved with extracurricular activities, projects, social groups, societies, and all the opportunities to see your work in print. We are all busy and have other commitments but our time at university is really just a few short, precious years out of our lives. Make the most of it.

Have you taken part in any other activities alongside your studies?

When I began my study at Manchester Met, I became involved with the faculty’s Student Press Office almost immediately, working initially as a commissioned writer then as Student Editor-in-Chief. My work with the Student Press Office has opened more doors than I could ever have imagined, giving me the opportunity to see my writing published both online and in print and to make connections with numerous staff and students and projects throughout the university. Not to mention all the well-known authors and poets that I have met and interviewed!

In my role as Student Editor-in-Chief, I will also soon have the opportunity to travel to Poland with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

I have also worked as part of the media team for the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, attending many of their events and engaging with some well-established children’s writers as well as some inspiring future ones!

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

Writers who didn’t only dream but who faced the blank page and filled it.

What do you love about Manchester Met?

I love the sense of community and support that exists, not only amongst the students but also between staff and students. I also very much admire the responsibility university shows with regards to environmental and sustainability issues.

Studying at Manchester Met and the Manchester Writing School is about more than what you learn in your lectures. There are a vast array of opportunities to become involved in and you never know in which direction they might take you.

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