This weekend, staff in Modern Languages & Cultures have dusted themselves down after the EU referendum result, and opened the doors to the University of Liverpool to welcome prospective students and their entourages to the campus. Over two days, hundreds of young people, the majority of them working towards their A-levels, are visiting Liverpool to see what studying languages in the department means.
Prospective students are able to design their own Open Day, including visits to halls of residence, the sports centre, and the University’s central services in addition to Modern Languages & Cultures. Within the department, colleagues are staging a range of events to showcase the kinds of teaching and research we undertake. Each language area will be giving presentations on what it means to study modern languages and cultures at Liverpool, with an overview of the curriculum and the kinds of modules we teach, an outline of the year abroad possibilities, and a sketch of the kinds of co-curricular activities that we support in order to enhance the learning experience at Liverpool. Throughout the day, colleagues from all the subject areas within the department will be available to meet with prospective students and their friends, families, and supporters in order to answer questions, highlight our strengths, and to start to get to know people whom we hope will join us in the near future.
Given the emphasis on research-led teaching at the University of Liverpool, there will be displays of colleagues’ books to give visitors a flavour of the kinds of things that Modern Languages & Cultures staff explore when they are not teaching. We also hope that visitors will take the opportunity, regardless of the weather, to see something of the city of Liverpool, which is one of the University’s greatest assets.