Elizabeth Jennings

Degree: BA (Hons) Theatre & English Literature
Twitter: @JenniREli

Why did you choose LICA?

I chose LICA because I had an instant gut feeling that Lancaster University was the right place for me. I was instantly impressed with the modern facilities that were available and thought that the department offered a comfortable studying environment. The close proximity of Lancaster Arts, including the Nuffield Theatre was also a huge benefit for me as I wanted the opportunity to see more current work across the arts disciplines.

What has been the best part of your course so far?

The structure of my joint honours degree is great. I have been able to further my knowledge within two subjects which I have always had a passion for. The Theatre Studies strand offers a more theoretical approach than other institutions, whilst enabling students to explore course material further through practical work. I found this particularly appealing. Alongside this, I have been able to study a wide variety of texts in the English Literature strand of my course including classic canonical writers as well as some lesser known and more contemporary writers.

What do you do outside of your degree, for instance, are you involved in any societies or work part time?

For the three years of my degree, I have been involved with the Lancaster Ultimate Frisbee society. Aside from participating in the annual Roses tournament, I have represented the University in regional and national competitions for the women’s and mixed squad teams. In my second year, I also took on the role of social secretary which gave me experience of being on a committee and helped me to improve skills such as my communication and teambuilding.
I have also participated in a Lancaster University Student Union (LUSU) placement within a local primary school. This experience has been invaluable and has helped me to pursue my future study and career aspirations.

What’s ‘Lancaster Life’ like?

Lancaster life is better than people perceive it to be. The campus is great as everything is close together and the collegiate system is great for making friends and encouraging inclusivity. Lancaster has lots of shops, cute cafes, pubs and other amenities to suit everyone’s needs. The transport links are also ideal if you wish to take a trip home or explore somewhere different such as Preston or Manchester.

Any advice for LICA applicants?

Make the most of your time at Lancaster and take advantage of any opportunity that is offered to you. The more time, energy and effort you put in, the more you will gain from your time here. Most of all, enjoy studying at a top ten University!