School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

Why English Matters

The Challenge

  1. Think! Why does English matter to you?
  2. Pick up your phone or camera.
  3. Go to your favourite spot on campus.*
  4. Create your own 30-60 second video on ‘Why English Matters’. We are looking for videos that challenge or engage with traditional perspectives on the study of English, are innovative in the way they bring your narrative to life, or are unique in showing us what English really means to you.
  5. Upload your video and then send us a link to view it by filling in our online form by 17:00 on 26 May 2017.
  6. Find out if you’ve won an iPad Air 2 – it will be awarded to the most creative, original and well executed entry.

Good luck!

*If you can’t get to campus, make sure to tell us where your favourite spot is!

A few examples for inspiration

If you’ve ever studied English at Loughborough, this is your chance to tell people why English matters.

  • Why it’s about more than ink on paper or sitting in a library.
  • Why it goes way beyond literature in England and can shine a light on countries and cultures across the world.
  • Why it matters not just now, but in the past and in the future.
  • Why it has the power to inspire, to shame, to convince and to destroy.

We're looking forward to hearing your 'why'.

The small print

Technical Tips

  • Use the best filming device you have access to and are comfortable using (e.g. your phone or digital camera) – it doesn’t have to be industry-standard.
  • Film in landscape mode.
  • Where possible, film yourself whilst facing a source of light – e.g. a window, a lamp or the sun.

The Rules

  • One entry permitted per person.
  • Your video should be uploaded to YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer or a similar site and the link included on your entry form.
  • The competition is open to current students on undergraduate or postgraduate English courses at Loughborough or alumni who are graduates of those courses.
  • Your video should be between 30 and 90 seconds long.
  • Video entries must comply with the BBFC U classification - see more on their website »
  • By submitting a video, entrants grant permission for Loughborough University to use their footage for the purpose of publication, promotion, illustration, advertising, or trade, in any manner or in any medium.
  • The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 26 May 2017.
  • The competition will be judged by a panel of Loughborough University staff from the School of the Arts, English and Drama and the Department of Marketing and Advancement.
  • The prize will be an Apple iPad Air 2 32GB Wi-Fi.
  • The winner will be announced on Monday 5 June 2017.

Contact us

Any questions? Please email us.