I hold a part-time position as Lecturer in Academic Skills in the Department of English at the University of Bristol, and am one of three course directors of the Foundation Year in Humanities, with leadership responsibility for the Arts & Humanities pathway and admissions. I teach academic skills, convene the study skills and the dissertation unit, and offer UCAS advice to these students. I also support and mark the dissertations written by the final-year students on the BA English Literature and Community Engagement.

The students on each of these courses are returning to education after a long gap (several decades for some) and can range in age from their early twenties to pensioners. Such a mixed group makes peculiar demands on the teaching staff, but they are enormously rewarding to teach. The Foundation Year does not require A-levels and if you think it might suit you or someone you know, do please take a look at the website via the link above or get in touch with me.