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Constructive Criticism - the Department of English and Pearson Edexcel
Publication date: 14 August 2014
Professor John Mullan, Head of the Department of English at UCL, has for some time been a syllabus advisor to Pearson Edexcel, one of the largest exam boards for England and Wales, on its GCE English Literature. Requirements for candidates to show knowledge of critical arguments about the texts they are studying led Pearson Edexcel to approach him to select and edit an anthology of literary criticism for future candidates. Recently completed, this anthology will be distributed free to every student taking the Pearson Edexcel GCE English Literature allowing them to access a wide variety of criticism in one collection.
After a good deal of discussion, John and representatives of Pearson Edexcel decided that the samples of criticism should be attached to the compulsory Shakespeare section of the Drama component within the GCE English Literature. This is divided between four Tragedies and four Comedies (candidates only have to choose one play). The exam board wanted three or four self-contained passages analysing each one of the set plays, and further extracts that discussed the features of Tragedy or Comedy more generally.
John worked on the selection with two colleagues, and Shakespeare experts, from the English Department: Professor Rene Weis and Professor Helen Hackett and for this engagement they were represented by UCL Consultants Ltd. They eventually chose 40 passages of Shakespeare criticism, each one by a different critic. Every passage had to have a headnote, summarising its argument, and glosses of all allusions or difficult words. Above all, the selection had to show students – and teachers – that criticism can give new life to literary works and make reading them more interesting and pleasurable.
This was a stiff test for the three editors, who had to prepare an anthology suitable for students of a range of abilities. The question of how a critic wrote became as important as what he or she wrote. The Shakespeare critics from whose work it was easiest to select were those like Frank Kermode and Anne Barton who, for all their scholarship, wrote with real eloquence for any lover of literature to understand.
John reflected, “It was a sometimes chastening experience to ask, could an interested sixth former be expected to understand the argument of this piece? On several occasions, passages that we, as academics, thought critically significant had to be rejected as opaque or dauntingly erudite – as if designed to overpower the reader. In contrast, I hope the samples we have selected will prove to be enjoyable as well as helpful”.
Katy Lewis from Pearson Edexcel added, “Creating a specification which is clearly focused on the literary text as well as giving A level students exposure to critical reading has been one of the key aims in the redevelopment of Pearson Edexcel's GCE in English Literature. Working with Professor Mullan and his colleagues in the English department at UCL has been absolutely fundamental in developing an approach which focuses the criticism within the specific Shakespeare plays that the students are studying. This approach will encourage students to consider a range of different perspectives which illuminate their own reading and help them to begin developing their own critical voice. John and the team have been brilliant not only in selecting a great range of stimulating critical materials, but also in giving real consideration to the A level student who will be using this resource. The teacher reaction to this collaboration has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are sure that students will benefit massively from these anthologies.”
Trish Greenan, Director at UCLC, said, “We’re very pleased with the success of this collaboration with Pearson Edexcel. It’s encouraging to engage with academics from Arts and Humanities in a consultancy context, particularly in respect of a piece of work which has such genuine impact.”
Vice Provost for London
Publication date: 5 August 2014
UCL appoints new Vice-Provost for London
UCL has appointed Professor Stephen Caddick to a new position to include responsibilities for London. As Vice Provost (Enterprise and London), Professor Caddick will continue his current responsibilities for enterprise and also lead the development of strategy for London as part of UCL 2034.
Future Leaders Award from Women in the City - Dr Deborah Gill
Publication date: 18 July 2014
UCL Consultants Ltd congratulates Dr Deborah Gill, Interim Director of the UCL Medical School, on jointly winning the Future Leaders Award from Women in the City (WIC), a highly respected, award-winning organisation that promotes, recognises and rewards female talent.
Ricardo-AEA and UCL to propose 2030 renewable energy targets for Scotland
Publication date: 25 June 2014
Consultant of the Year Award winners 2014
Publication date: 12 June 2014
Professor Alister Hart and Professor Gordon Blunn
UCL Consultants were delighted to award the Enterprise Award for Consultancy to Professor's Alister Hart and Gordon Blunn from The Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS). Both academics have been involved in consultancy projects with a total overall value of £2 million over the last two years.
UCL, Novo Nordisk and the Steno Diabetes Center partner take action against urban diabetes
Publication date: 3 April 2014
UCL is partnering with Novo Nordisk and the Steno Diabetes Center – a world leading institution in diabetes care and prevention – to launch the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative, an ambitious new partnership programme to fight urban diabetes.
Flarre Consortium Presents: A Focus on Fibrosis
Publication date: 25 February 2014
A Focus on Fibrosis will highlight UCL’s unique portfolio in Fibrosis Research and aims at promoting industrial and international collaboration to address unmet patient needs.
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Publication date: 16 January 2014
Maps can help businesses reflect where they currently are and where they’re aiming to go.
In late November, when faced with the challenge of how to best communicate significant changes in the distribution network of the London Evening Standard newspaper, ESI Media turned to UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) for their expertise in mapping and visualisation.
UCL Consultants help Nike promote new Nike+ FuelBand
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