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 2018 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 3 May 2017
- Wellness as Metaphor: Mapping Affect in Heidi Julavits The Vanishers 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Sean Grattan (Kent)
Thursday 4 May 2017
- Slow Politics: Towards a Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State, 1880-1920 6:00pm to 7:30pm, St Chad's College Chapel, Benjamin Kohlmann (Freiburg)
Friday 5 May 2017
- Horace Walpole and his Legacies: A Tercentenary Colloquium 10:00am to 2:00pm, Senate Suite, Durham Castle
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present (Conference, 5th-7th July)
Is there a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’? Through looking at writers such as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney, this is just one of the many questions that […]
Towards a Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State, 1880-1920 (Public lecture, 4th May)
The British welfare state is under pressure like never before. At a time like this, it’s important to remember how and why it came about in the first place. Join Benjamin Kohlmann […]
Not Your Average Yorkshire Wedding
These days weddings are often expensive affairs – but even the most lavish modern celebration may not match the festivities hosted by the nobility of medieval England. In this latest finding from Records of […]
(25 Apr 2017) » Not Your Average Yorkshire Wedding
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Complete University Guide 2018
The English Studies department is ranked 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide for the 5th year in a row.
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