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 2016 and Times and Sunday Times 2016.
- 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
Tuesday 3 May 2016
- Embodied Shadows: sculpted memory, sensed presence, and the third party 6:15pm to 7:30pm, Elvet Riverside 140, Professor Douglas Davies (Theology, University of Durham)
Wednesday 4 May 2016
- For Kicks Poetry Reading 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Empty Shop HQ
Thursday 5 May 2016
- Corpus Christi in Durham 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Chapel of the Nine Altars, Durham Cathedral, Mark Chambers
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Corpus Christi in Durham (Public talk, 5th May)
On 26 May, Durham Cathedral will be celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi. This annual feast, celebrating the ‘Body of Christ’ represented by the bread and wine of the sacrament […]
(30 Apr 2016) » Corpus Christi in Durham (Public talk, 5th May)
For Kicks (Poetry reading, 4th May)
Escape the dreary weather and come along to Empty Shop on 4th May, 19.30, to celebrate the best of voices old and new in the Durham poetry scene. This event (entry £1) […]
(29 Apr 2016) » For Kicks (Poetry reading, 4th May)
Embodied Shadows: sculpted memory, sensed presence, and the third party (Public lecture, 3rd May)
Added due to popular demand: a new talk in the series Ghosts: The Evidence of Spirits. This free public lecture by Professor Douglas Davies thinks about how we ‘feel’ the […]
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