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 2016
- 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
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
English Events in August 2015
It’s holiday season, so our English Events newsletter for August is short and sweet. We will add more over the coming month if we spot other events – and please let us […]
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Fellowship from Sir Gawain to Malory and the Rise of ‘Civic’ Culture
[MP3 version] Colin Davey examines the meaning of medieval fellowship across chivalric poems, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He chart the evolution of citizenship and identity in […]
Late Summer Lectures 2015 (Public Lecture Series, 19th August to 7th October)
From Vikings to T.S. Eliot to chocolate in literature, this year’s annual Late Summer Lectures Series offers an exciting range of topics, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. Now […]