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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Review of The Ferryhill Philosophers
Michael Chaplin’s radio drama series, The Ferryhill Philosophers, is a staple of BBC Radio 4 schedules. A special live performance came to Ferryhill, where the dramas are set, for […]
(21 Oct 2016) » Review of The Ferryhill Philosophers
Review of Writing the First World War, with Pat Barker and Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo and Pat Barker are two of Britain’s foremost writers on the First World War. Durham Book Festival brought them together in conversation for the first time, to discuss […]
Review of An Evening with Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson was one of the most significant figures in the New Labour movement. As he launched the third volume of his autobiography at Durham Book Festival, Antony Mullen watched and interviewed Johnson […]
(17 Oct 2016) » Review of An Evening with Alan Johnson
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