Scholar Profile: Cathy Jewison

C Jewison

Which scholarship do you hold?

I hold a Kellogg College Scholarship.

What subject are you studying?

The Master of Studies in Literature and Arts, which is an interdisciplinary programme.

What research have you recently undertaken?

My research has covered different aspects of British culture, particularly material culture. These include how the importation of objects from the East, such as porcelain and lacquerware, contributed to a developing culture of sensibility in mid-eighteenth century Britain. I’ve also looked at the popularity of the emblem and the cryptic in Elizabethan and Jacobean culture, and how they were used to establish social status and advance personal interests.

What does the scholarship mean to you?

Much of my university education has been carried out part-time, while living in a remote area of Canada. Receiving a Kellogg Scholarship supports my long-held belief that distance need not be a barrier to academic achievement. The scholarship has also inspired me to consider various other opportunities for building my academic career.

What do you value about being a student at Kellogg College?

As a part-time, international student, I feel that Kellogg College really understands the challenges I face in balancing work with study, and in pursuing my degree at a distance. Since I’m registered through the Department for Continuing Education, the close connection between the two organizations is particularly valuable for me – their co-operation has created a welcoming home within the University, allowing me to focus on my studies. The College’s lovely short-term accommodation and the friendliness of College members in the dining hall are also much appreciated!