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Ella Olesen Scholarship 23 August 2005

    This year’s lucky recipient of the Ella Olesen Scholarship is Alison Riley of Union Mills. A Riley

    Alison gained 13 x GCSE’s and 5 x A levels at Ballakermeen High School before moving to Girton College at the University of Cambridge. Here she followed an English BA Hons course and was successful in achieving her degree in this.

    Alison is now in Idaho and has already registered for a variety of English courses, which, according to her, are very different from any of her previous studies. The first is a relatively new course called 'Literature, New Media and the Digital Text' which offers a completely new perspective on how literature is used in the modern world - in particular how it incorporates modern technology. The second is a course called 'Studies in 20th century British and American Literature' which should build on her previous studies and provides an interesting opportunity to compare literatures of the two cultures.

    Alison is also hoping to get into a course, which would give her the basics for Teaching English as a foreign language - something she hopes to pursue after completing her year at Idaho.

    She is also taking two basic introductory courses to psychology, which hopefully will open doorways for the possibility of teaching both adults and children with learning difficulties and special needs.

    Finally, Alison has opted for an International Cinema and National Literatures course, which, she assures us, involves some work, including lots of watching films.

    Alison says:" I have also signed up for a couple of PE courses - those being Kick-boxing, Pilates and Scuba diving! The facilities here both for housing and sport are amazing- they have the largest indoor climbing wall of any university in the nation apparently and I hope to make good use of that as well"

    This Scholarship is provided annually by the late Miss Ella Olesen, who was a former registrar of the University and who, because of her Manx ancestry, wished to enable girls supported by the Department, who have recently graduated, to have the opportunity to attend Idaho.

    23rd August 2005

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