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 Complete University Guide 2014
- 95% of our students are satisfied with our courses according to the National Student Survey 2014
- One of the leading departments of English in the UK for research quality. 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 15 April 2015
- Wedlock: The disastrous marriage and triumphant divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Williams Library, St Chad's College, Wendy Moore
Wednesday 29 April 2015
- Topic: Yeats and the visual arts 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Tom Walker (Trinity College Dublin)
Wednesday 20 May 2015
- Topic: an exploration of the ways in which the theatre and novel interacted in the eighteenth century 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Ros Ballaster (University of Oxford)
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to Moderns
Is beauty an enduring quality of great art and literature? Or is the perception of something as beautiful merely a subjective response? A new collection of essays, edited by Michael O’Neill, […]
(31 Mar 2015) » The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to Moderns
“The Charm of the Unfamiliar”: Myth and Alterity in Early Modern Literature (Conference, 19th June; CFP deadline 1st May)
Proposals are invited for this one-day postgraduate conference, which will examine the idea of the exotic in early-modern literature. The conference will run on 19th June at St Mary’s College; the […]
Power and Politics: Fourth Annual Norse in the North Conference (13th June)
Norse in the North is an annual postgraduate conference on Old Norse–Icelandic literature and mythology, which is held between the universities of Durham, Leeds, and York. The fourth annual conference will be held […]