SELLL UG Fortnightly News 5

Monday 18th January to Sunday 31st January 2021

Welcome to the Fifth Edition of our SELLL UG News, for a fortnightly round up compiled by Caroline Ede, with contributions from Professional Services (PS) colleagues in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.  

Some new items below for this edition and important dates for your diary.  Plus, our regular wellbeing, IT and assessment support, if needed, has now moved to the end of the newsletter.

Decorative Image of person working on a laptop.
Students are working hard on their upcoming assessments.


Dates for your diary!

Buffer Week
w/c Monday 18th January 2021 (further details below)

End of Semester 1 Assessment Hand-in Date
NOW Thursday 21st January 2021

Semester 2 Induction Week
w/c Monday 25th January 2021
Meet with your Personal Tutor via Zoom (if you haven’t already in Buffer week).
Prepare for the start of online teaching the following week.
Semester 1 Induction material is still available on Canvas.

SELLL Postgraduate Panel Event for UG students
Are you interested in studying for a Master’s degree? Look out for the upcoming SELLL Postgraduate Panel Event (w/c 25th January), organised by Engsoc. Details to be announced soon on SELLL social media. Newcastle University’s PG Virtual Open Day is being held on Monday 8th February – sign up to find out about all aspects of PG study from the link on the University website home page.

Next Girl’s Club Meeting (and first for 2021)
Tuesday 26th January 2021, 6-7.30pm (full details below)

Semester 2 Teaching Starts
Monday 1st February 2021


Buffer week w/c 18th January 2021
A reminder that Semester 2 module Canvas sites will be published from today (18th January). Material from the Semester 1 enrichment week – such as Doing the Degree videos and the information about the marking, moderation and Exam Board processes, is still available on Canvas. Given the now extended assessment submission deadline, there will be no further scheduled enrichment activities for this week, but there is a further enrichment week at the beginning of March.

Assessment tips from Module Leaders & Students
Our student leaders asked some SELLL lecturers and students for their advice on how to tackle those end-of-module essays. Head over to Instagram to see what your English Literature and Language colleagues have to say. Best of luck for all your assignments from all of us.

Girl’s Club Meeting – Tuesday 26th January 2021, 6-7.30pm
The new theme for this semester is girls club: on consumption and the text is EAT UP! by Ruby Tandoh. No problem if you don’t have time to read the book, everyone is still very welcome to pop by for a chat! To clarify it is not a girl’s only reading group.
Any questions, comments or concerns please do email Tamsin at
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 6918 6272

What does a PEC for Board of Examiners’ consideration mean?
Submitting a PEC for Board of Examiners’ consideration is different to submitting a PEC for extensions. We have put together some FAQs to help answer your questions so please read at your leisure.

NUSU Events
Check out what events and activities, NUSU are running this term at your Union.

Online Chat – Every Tuesday 10-12 & Thursday 2-4pm
Just a reminder that if you need a quick response to a question, you can use our twice weekly online chat service for an instant reply. Further details are included in the Wellbeing and Support section.

Some English Facts to sign off

  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple.
  • The word “whatever” consistently ranks as the most annoying English word.
  • A new word is created every 98 minutes, which is about 14.7 words a day
  • English is spoken by 952 million people around the world – 339 million people speak English as a first language, and 603 million speak it as a second language. It is the official language in 67 countries and 27 non-sovereign countries such as Hong Kong.

From the Professional Services Staff in the School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics.

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Mastering a Masters Degree

Are you interested in Further Study? Want to learn more about the PG options in SELLL?

Join current SELLL Masters Degree students Abi Hockaday, Shaun Thomas and Becky Robinson and academic Stacy Gillis in a friendly, informal Q & A session with EngSoc President and UG 3rd year Olivia Blackham.  

When: Thursday 28th January 2021 @ 4pm on Zoom 

You are welcome to join either with video turned on or off, or via the text chat function – whatever you prefer.  

Please note the event is being recorded so that we can upload to Canvas for those who are unable to join the live event. 

If you have any questions you would like Olivia to ask on your behalf please email by midday on Thursday 28th January. 

Zoom details:  


Meeting ID: 840 4046 6176 

Passcode: Available on Canvas

Following this SELLL event, Newcastle University are holding a Virtual PG Open Day on Monday 8th February – sign up to register from NU’s home page

For all PG related enquiries please email, or directly to administrative or academic staff. 

Professor Linda Anderson awarded OBE

Congratulations to Professor Linda Anderson who has been awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education. She has changed the face of the literary landscape in the North through her outstanding contribution to the field of creative writing for nearly 40 years.

She was the first Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA), which she launched in 2009 and was Head of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, for a decade.

Her role at the NCLA has earned the organisation an international reputation for its work promoting literature and creativity. Thousands of people have enjoyed its free programme of talks, readings and events.

Professor Anderson is a respected poet and her reputation has attracted word-class writers to work at Newcastle including TS. Eliot Poetry prize and Forward Poetry prize winners. She has also helped to shape the way creative writing is taught nationally and has championed work on employability in the cultural industries.

She was also responsible for Newcastle University acquiring literary archives from Bloodaxe Books and the writers including Sean O’Brien, Selima Hill, Jack Mapanje, Moniza Alvi and Selima Hill, greatly enhancing Newcastle’s importance as a centre for literary research.

She also devised grassroots projects where writers worked with NHS, prison service and Northumbria Police.