First English professor joins Tremough Campus
A folk musician and specialist in national identity has been
appointed the first Professor of English at the Tremough Campus,
Penryn. Professor Nick Groom joins the University of Exeter's
staff who will be welcoming 70 new students of English in
September, a sharp increase from the current 25.
Professor Groom's expertise is broad-ranging. His most
recent book is a cultural history of the Union Jack, examining
British identities. His new research links into the British
environment and sustainability issues. This will contribute
to a particular research strength among University of Exeter
staff in Tremough who are studying the influence of landscape
on literature. He will be teaching literature and culture
from Shakespeare to the present day, as well as optional courses
for students covering his specialities of national identity,
literature and the environment and erotic literature.
Professor Nick Groom says: "I am inspired by the
chance to live and work in Cornwall, and see it as a special
location for investigating the effect of the landscape on
our literary heritage. The strength of Cornish identity is
also of great interest to me, and I want to make sure that
such feeling is seen as having global significance. The Cornish
landscape and culture lends itself to exciting field trips,
and I'm looking forward to examining traditional language."
Professor Groom has lived in rural Devon for 12 years, during
his previous post at Bristol University. He continues his
interest in popular culture in his spare time by playing the
hurdy-gurdy for the 'King's Brawlers', who
specialise in early dance styles that pre-date Morris dancing.
He is looking forward to learning more about traditional Cornish
The University of Exeter has offered degrees in English at
the Tremough Campus since 1998. Student numbers will this
year rise from 25 to 70. Students study a wide range of literature,
with an emphasis on contemporary critical thinking about literary
and cultural issues.
The £100 million Tremough Campus is a Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative of which the University of Exeter and
University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners.
It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One),
the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall
County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close
to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus
offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter
now offers degrees in Biology, Cornish Studies, English, Geology,
Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and
Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded
rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
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