During her studies, Amy Hill won a prestigious international poetry prize from the Keats-Shelley Association of America last year and was also joint winner of the University’s Early Modern Research Group prize for interdisciplinary research.
“I am very happy to be graduating, it is a rite of passage and without it, I felt my final year of being an undergraduate was incomplete." “I'm also really excited to see everyone and celebrate together, after we have all spent a long time in lockdown and social distancing. Being together again will be a real joy.”
Last year, Amy’s poem ‘Ode to Chatterton’ was selected from among poems from around the world as the winner of a organised by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Thomas Chatterton Society to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Chatterton’s death.
This past year, Amy has been back at the University studying for an MA in English, which she will complete in the coming months.
“The MA is going really well,” she said. “At the beginning, myself and another student received an award from the Early Modern Research Association at the University for an assignment at undergraduate level and more recently myself and a small team hosted an academic postgraduate conference which was a great educational and professional experience.”
Speaking of her time completing her studies in the pandemic, Amy said: “My lecturers in the School of Humanities did an amazing job of transferring us all to online teaching and have been there to support me every step of the way to offer support. There are so many things I will take away from the University of Worcester, but mainly, some words from my lecturer, Dr Sharon Young: 'The world needs more thoughtful people.' This has really resonated with me. The University of Worcester is an extremely inclusive organisation, and inclusivity depends on being thoughtful. I hope to take this forward with me in everything I do.