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 26 April 2017
- Literature and Philosophy 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Elizabeth McKinnell (Durham University)
Wednesday 3 May 2017
- Staff and postgraduate research seminar: Title TBC 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Sean Grattan (Kent)
Wednesday 10 May 2017
- Science Fiction film, literature and television 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Mark Bould (University of the West of England)
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures
Happy World Poetry Day 2017! World Poetry Day is led by UNESCO, in recognition of the way in which poetry “reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, […]
‘That skull had a tongue in it’: Skulls, the Flesh, and the Individual in Early Modern Drama
In early modern drama, skulls are not only a symbol of death, but a reminder of the living person. Chloe Owen (King’s College London) gets beneath the skin of an […]
Interview with Alex Wilson
Originally posted on Medieval and Early Modern Student Association: Our final seminar will be on March 14 and will be led by Alex Wilson, speaking about ‘Othering the Other: Social…
(10 Mar 2017) » Interview with Alex Wilson
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