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James Griffen - MA Medieval Studies

JamesGriffenDegree programme: MA Medieval Studies ( undergraduate: History)

Year of study: Postgraduate

What do you enjoy most about studying History both as an undergraduate and postgraduate?

Studying History really allows me to pursue my interests and conduct original research. I love that there is real lecturer-student interaction in my department and I feel I can drop in on my lecturers any time.

What is your favourite thing about being a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway?

As a postgraduate, I have really enjoyed the atmosphere of respect and mutual learning which occurs in the small group discussions with my supervisors. I really feel that my ideas are listened to. Over my time at Royal Holloway the Library has constantly improved its services for students, with increased study space and 24 hour access. I really appreciate the links to Senate House library in London and the extra resources it has.

I loved the community that developed in my hall, I met people from all around the UK and the world. My best first day advice: bring a cake, it’s a delicious way to introduce yourself!

I also love working on campus, both as a student ambassador and a SU Barman. Because we are a small campus at Royal Holloway I felt very quickly that I knew almost everybody! I also met so many other students who worked alongside me and they became some of my very good friends. Work has really helped me grow in confidence.

What is the student life like?

I joined the Holloway Players in my first year and they became my second family! Joining a society made me really feel included and introduced me to so many aspects of uni life, we went on group meals, went to the pub together, we even went Christmas shopping together! Joining a society is genuinely one of the best uni choices you could make!

Performing in Macbeth with the Drama society was great fun, everyone really worked well together and a real sense of camaraderie developed between everyone on the team. I also got to put all the fake blood on the costumes which was great fun!


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