We are a leading centre for undergraduate teaching, and host a thriving community of postgraduate scholars, literary critics, and interdisciplinary researchers. Our recent successes include:
- Top English Department in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017 and Guardian University Guide 2017.
- 96% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2015.
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research. 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; we were third in the UK judged by publications, and fourth overall by grade point average.
Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels spans the whole of the discipline of English Studies, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Students gain a solid base for the study of English Literature, while having the opportunity to specialise. We draw on a variety of different methodological perspectives, encouraging students to discover new approaches and to develop their own responses. This equips our graduates with the key skills and independent thinking that makes them highly sought by employers.
Students are taught in lectures and seminars, as well as small tutorial groups and one-to-one supervisions. Our formal teaching is complemented by exciting programmes of public lectures, research seminars, and readings by renowned writers.
The Department's ethos is that teaching and research should complement one another at all levels of academic enquiry, from first-year tutorials to the specialised supervision available to MA and doctoral postgraduates. Our work combines a strong sense of tradition with a commitment to innovation and new approaches.
Our research has regional, national and international impacts. We work with partner institutions such as the Durham Book Festival, with medical practitioners through the Centre for Medical Humanities, and with many other public and private organisations. The department is committed to engaging public audiences through its programme of events.
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Events & Conferences
Friday 1 July 2016
- The Harrowing of Hell and Peregrini 7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church
Monday 4 July 2016
- Frances 'Fanny' Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain 9:15am onwards, St Chad's College
Thursday 7 July 2016
- Medieval Theatre Colloquium 9:00am onwards, Elvet Riverside
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Cuckoo Young Writers Summer School (2nd-4th August)
A free creative writing summer school for 12-19 year olds is coming to Durham this summer, brought to you by New Writing North and Cuckoo Young Writers. The three-day summer […]
(30 Jun 2016) » Cuckoo Young Writers Summer School (2nd-4th August)
Watch the Oldest Play from Britain: The Harrowing of Hell (1st and 8th July)
This year marks the 400th anniversary since the death of Shakespeare, Britain’s greatest playwright, but British drama can trace its origins much further back to some 1,300 years ago. This […]
Experience a Medieval and Renaissance Spectacle on the Streets of Durham (1st to 12th July)
Draw back the curtain on a thousand years of drama in Durham this July, as the Theatrum Mundi theatre festival brings medieval and Renaissance performances to the streets of the city. From the […]
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