Student perspectives


Damilola Ajagbonna-Xavier, English Literature

“Having missed out on the opportunity to attend Cambridge, I took two gap years. When it came to returning to university, I wanted to keep my job in London but still enjoy a campus experience with great teaching. The proximity to London means that we always have access to cultural resources such as the theatre and the British Library. The tutors are intelligent, challenging, dynamic and empathetic and the student life is fantastic. I recommend this course, warmly and without reservation.”

Diana Nortey, Creative Writing

“This degree opened a new creative door for me. I am more confident and can look at my writing with a critical eye without feeling bruised. It was an amazing experience to be on the course, and I dearly miss it after only one year.”


Nadia Crandall, MA Children’s Literature

"I was ready to get back to work after a first career in finance, and spending time at home with my children. The MA has provided a direction and focus for a second career. An MA in Children's Literature, which included a creative writing module, was an ideal choice since I write children's fiction, and have always enjoyed academic debate. The course was fun, and challenged me far more than I expected. What made it really worthwhile was the opportunity to meet so many interesting and committed people. Within a year of graduating, I have contributed to academic literature, worked as a freelance journalist in the field and developed proposals for publishing professionals that I met during the course."

Nikki Brice, MA Children’s Literature (Distance Learning)

"After a legal career, I was searching for a part-time course in Literature. I was aware of Roehampton's enviable reputation in the field of children's literature and was delighted when I found that their MA was offered through distance learning. Like most of my fellow students I had read many of the texts as a child, but had never considered them as an adult. It was fascinating to revisit the well-loved books of my childhood. The course is very challenging but extremely rewarding, and the tutors very friendly. I highly recommend it."

Giles Ford, MA Creative and Professional Writing

"The poetry and ‘young adult’ courses were revolutionary. I was shortlisted twice for the Bridport Poetry Prize and now have a novel under consideration by the Christopher Little Literary Agency, who represent JK Rowling. The experience has also benefited me intellectually, preparing the ground for a PhD, and gave me the confidence to explore my desire to paint. I am now represented by Kobalt Gallery in the US and my art is collected and exhibited."

Examples of student work

Work by Roehampton students can be found in the online publication Roehampton Writes.

In addition, some students and graduates have won major prizes and had a wide range of work published by national newspapers, magazines and publishers.