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
Wednesday 5 October 2016
- "Whisht! Lads": The Lambton Worm, Medievalism(s) and Radical Jack the Earl of Durham 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, Jamie Beckett (Durham University)
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“Whisht! Lads”: The Lambton Worm, Medievalism(s) and Radical Jack the Earl of Durham (Public lecture, 5th October)
Many people in the North East will have heard of the Lambton Worm through the popular folk song, but the different ways in which the story has been presented over […]
Young Poets and Performance: An Interview with the Organisers of Knee Deep
For young poets based in the North East, the Knee Deep workshop held as part of Durham Book Festival will offer an opportunity to develop poetry for performance rather than for […]
Deciphering the Diaries of Anne and Emily Brontë
The diaries of Anne and Emily Brontë provide a tantalising glimpse into their thoughts and literary inspiration. In a series of three posts, Sophie Franklin reads between the lines of […]
(28 Sep 2016) » Deciphering the Diaries of Anne and Emily Brontë
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