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I hope this finds everyone well and coping with the current lockdown. We know how exhausting and frustrating lockdown continues to be for students, and that it's an extraordinary challenge for some of you. We hope you'll continue to keep in touch with us about your academic studies, as well as any hurdles you're finding yourself dealing with during this really difficult time.
I’m writing with a general update ahead of 22 February, the date the Government is due to issue an update about the current lockdown. The University will follow any announcement with more details about the rest of this academic year, and we’ll be sure to follow with any specifics about our department in further emails.
Until then, I have three communications for you:
1/ For current first and second years undergraduates, you will soon be given a list of modules available to you next year. You can remind yourself of how your degree is structured in the Handbook: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/handbook/degree
Please look out for an email from Dr Jen Baker and Dr Michael Meeuwis who are overseeing the options process before the end of term. You can also talk to your personal tutor about choosing options or to ask for general advice about what modules will be suit your interests.
2/ The University have built an online self-certification portalfor all students that will allow you to apply for 5-working day extensions. We are currently consulting with the SSLC on this process and waiting for the system to go live. We’ll be in touch with more information as soon as we have it.
3/ Finally, the department is delighted that one of our students, Charlotte Spear, is on the executive committee for this weekend’s Warwick Africa Summit (20-21 February), an interdisciplinary conference providing a platform to address the different challenges faced by the African continent. All are welcome to the event, which will include a variety of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and panels focusing on a range of topics including, ‘Artistic Development’, ‘Africa Beyond Aid’ and ‘Ready Set Green’. This year Warwick welcomes the likes of Mr Eazi, Kiki Mordi, Lola Shoneyin and Oyinkan Braithwaite. For more information and tickets, see: https://www.warwickafricasummit.org.
We'll be in touch again soon about the first two communications. Remember that all our email updates are listed on our covid pages for quick reference: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/teaching2020-21/covidupdates/
Professor Emma Mason
Head of Department, English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick