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Rebecca Ranake – University of Reading

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    Looking back on Reading

Rebecca Ranake

Rebecca recently completed her Master's degree in English Literature and has some fond memories of studying for Reading.

Rebecca's journey through her Master's was aided by the Department's expert academics.

"Dr. Aisling Byrne was my dissertation supervisor and I also was able to do a guided study module with her on a topic outside of the courses offered which I really enjoyed. She was instrumental in my success on this course."

Rebecca also found that the staff in the Department provided a very supportive atmosphere in the face of unforeseen, difficult circumstances.

"Dr. Mangham was very helpful when I had extenuating circumstances during the course and he helped me during a difficult period and put my mind at ease about finishing the course and doing my best."

Rebecca found that the course was great for learning extra skills, expanding her knowledge and meeting people.

"I enjoyed my guided study module and researching and working on my dissertation as well as making new friends."

Since graduation, Rebecca has moved on to an editorial role in a London based publishing company. She also works as a freelance editor, an endeavour that her MA was important to.

"I am a freelance editor and I would say people look favourably upon an MA qualification in English for editing roles. [It involves] writing skills, being aware of referencing, analysis and research skills."

Looking back at Reading now, Rebecca has some advice for anyone thinking of doing a Master's at Reading.

"The campus is wonderful and open and there is a great environment that makes it an enjoyable place to learn and live. Make use of the library and online resources and ask for help from staff who are helpful."

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