Lobby for a reading week for English Language & Linguistics students

Extra Information: 

We receive a large amount of reading - a week would allow us to catch up.


After attending a Student Rep meeting, it was established that the staff members had previously asked the senior leadership for a reading week- even using student examples to back up why one is necessary. However, the conclusion was reached that the idea needed to be brought forward by students themselves. Being English students, it's assumed that we would have to read a lot- however, unlike other courses, we weren't given a week to catch up on important reading. This is especially important for students who have other commitments such as jobs, who only have a tight window to fit all the academic expectations into. While we understand that the course material may have to be re-arranged to cope with the week lost, for student wellbeing we feel that this is a necessary evil.

Actions Taken

  • This Idea opened on 16th November 2017 and closed for voting on 07th December 2017.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by 50%+1 of the Student Council Meeting on Feb 06 2018. Click here for more info

  • Student Council agreed to pass this Idea. This Idea is now Students’ Union policy and has been sent to The Executive for work to begin.

  • April 2021: The VPEd has been lisaing witht the University on this and has organised focus groups with students as part of this.


Claire Herring
11:42am on 5 Dec 17 I think there are many subjects beyond these two options which would benefit from having a reading week! So i vote yes in the hope it will be given to all!!
Olivia England
6:30pm on 20 Nov 17 For a course where reading is paramount to the study of the subject itself, it would be incredibly beneficial for us to have a reading week in order to manage the core reading, plus any further reading we may wish to read, especially as other courses at other universities have reading weeks where reading is arguably not as crucial to those subjects.
Sophie Rotter
1:43pm on 17 Nov 17 As a mature student who works 2-3 days a week in addition to 3 days at UWE it would be very helpful to have some extra time to prepare for assignments/exams and be able to do the thorough reading and research that the course deserves
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