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11/11/20 - Virtual Taster Session: Comparative Literature

Virtual Taster Session: Comparative Literature

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 5pm-6.30pm (BST)

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Course Description

Are you interested in studying literature from around the world? In how texts, myths and ideas travel across time and space? If so, Comparative Literature could be the degree for you!

In this taster session, you’ll learn more about the modules we offer (ranging from the global short story to representations of climate change) and about the questions that comparatists are interested in: for example – how has the idea of the hero changed since antiquity? You will get a chance to meet some of our students, who’ll tell you what it’s like to study at QM, and you’ll hear about the careers that our graduates have gone on to pursue.

Students with no language qualifications and students with knowledge of a second language are equally welcome! This Taster Day is suitable for Years 10 to 13; no prior knowledge of the subject is necessary.

Event schedule

5pm

Welcome. What is Comparative Literature? In this session, Dr Shital Pravinchandra, Admissions Tutor for Comparative Literature, will explain what makes Comparative Literature such an exciting subject. You’ll discover what makes us so different from English or Modern Languages departments, hear about what modules we offer, learn about our optional year abroad and find out what where some of our graduates are today.

5:20pm

Myth as the Object of Comparison: The case of Orpheus and Eurydice. Led by Prof Angus Nicholls, this session will allow you to explore comparative literature in action, and compare texts across different linguistic traditions, historical periods, and artistic mediums, such as literature, the visual arts and film. 

5:40pm

‘A hurricane does not roar in pentameter’: Caribbean literatures and the environment. In this short taster lecture led by Dr Kasia Mika, you will look at works by Kamau Brathwaite and Louis-Philippe Dalembert, an Anglophone Barbadian poet and a Francophone Haitian writer, and think about the ways in which comparative literature can help us investigate the complex interrelationships between human activity (cultural, economic, and political) and the environment, understood in its broadest sense.  

6:00pm

Q&A Session with Current Students. This 15-minute slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

6:15pm

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement. We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions. Dr Shital Pravinchandra will also tell you more about our requirements for entry and about what we look for in a personal statement.

6:30pm

Event Closes.

Subject Areas

Comparative Literature.

29/10/20 - Girls in Maths Virtual Taster Event

Girls Maths Virtual Taster Day

Thursday 29 October 2020, 10:30am - 12pm

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Event Description

We're inviting female students to join us virtually and discover what studying a Maths degree at university is really like! This will be a great opportunity to gain an insight into student life at Queen Mary. 

Students will be able to join us for:

  • A taster lecture on: Investigating Populations via Penguins (Dr Silvia Liverani)
  • A taster lecture on: Pricing for Pet Insurance (Gaik Ng FIA)
  • A talk on transitioning to university
  • A talk about Careers in Maths

You will be able to engage with female undergraduate students and academic lecturers to have all of your questions about studying at Queen Mary answered. Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research universities, committed to improving social justice and achieving the previously unthinkable. A Russell Group university based in east London, we teach across the full disciplinary spectrum. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, we are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 students. Students must be studying A-level Maths.

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Statistics.

16/12/20 - Wonderful World of Maths Taster Event

Wonderful World of Maths Virtual Taster Event

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 4:30pm - 6pm

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Course Description

We're inviting students to join us virtually and discover what studying a Maths degree at university is really like! This will be a great opportunity to gain an insight into student life at Queen Mary. 

Students will be able to join us for:

  • A taster lecture on: Networks: Mathematics Connecting the World (Dr Lucas Lacasa)
  • A taster lecture on: Folding Fractals (Dr Wolfram Just)
  • A talk on transitioning to university
  • A talk about Careers in Maths

You will be able to engage with undergraduate students and academic lecturers to have all of your questions about studying at Queen Mary answered. Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research universities, committed to improving social justice and achieving the previously unthinkable. A Russell Group university based in east London, we teach across the full disciplinary spectrum. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, we are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

Course Requirements

This taster course is open to year 12 and 13 students. Students must be studying A-level Maths.

Subject Areas

Mathematics and Statistics.

25/11/20 - Human Impact on Glacial Systems

Human Impact on Glacial Systems

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 4-5pm

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Event Description

Dr James Bradley will present a look at how the world's coldest places are being impacted by human activity.  His enthusiasm will inspire you to want to find out more. To get a flavour of James’ work take a peek at his blog.

Subject Areas

Geography and Environmental Science.

09/12/20 - Reclaiming the Map: Power and politics of colonial cartography

Reclaiming the Map: Power and politics of colonial cartography

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 4-5pm

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Event Description

Prof. Ben Hennig of the University of Iceland will present this lecture. Ben will be bringing his innovative, creative and hugely informative style to help us understand and critically engage in the role of maps in reflecting. creating and perpetuating colonial views of the world.  Find out more about Ben’s work online.

Subject Areas

Geography and Environmental Science.

11/11/20 - Carbon and Water Cycles

Carbon and Water Cycles

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 4-5pm

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Event Description

Prof Geraldene Wharton will present a clear and concise lecture explaining the key concepts around the water cycle, the carbon cycle and the ways in which the two interact.  

Subject Areas

Geography and Environmental Science.