Holly Walker-Dunseith

Holly Walker-Dunseith

BA English Language and Literature

Summary: Studying at Leeds allowed Holly to make use of specialised local resources for her dissertation on the Brontë sisters.

Overview

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My hometown is Todmorden in West Yorkshire. Before studying at the University of Leeds, I went to Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School.

What made you want to apply to Leeds?

Leeds is one of the few universities in the UK that offer English Language and Literature together as a single honours degree. Studying literature alongside language develops a valuable academic skill set. The lecturers are amazing, enthusiastic, and experts in their subject. The School of English itself is a beautiful Victorian terrace, and a perfect place for English students to study at degree level. The Special Collections at the University Library hold a wealth of original material that can be used for exciting literary research. The city is also a short journey away from literary landmarks such as the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?

I most enjoyed writing my dissertation about the Brontë sisters. This was an exciting project because I was able to research both at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and in the Special Collections. The English Language modules were brilliant as well. Alongside my studies, I was a volunteer in the English department at Todmorden High School.

What do you plan to do now you’ve graduated?

I am now studying for a Secondary PGCE to teach English to students aged 11-18. The University of Leeds is a fabulous place to study, and I now look forward to my teaching career.