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.
- 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. 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
Friday 4 December 2015
- Maverick Mayhem: Miriam Gamble and W.N. Herbert 8:00pm to 9:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Miriam Gamble and W.N. Herbert
Tuesday 8 December 2015
- Ghosts and Dickens 6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 140, Professor Simon James
Thursday 10 December 2015
- Ted Hughes and the Medieval Politics of Metre 4:45pm to 6:00pm, Williams Library, St Chad’s College, Dr James Robinson
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Re-Sounding Voices: Women, Silence, and the Production of Knowledge (CFP 15th January, Conference 8th March)
This one-day conference on 8th March will celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 by considering the ways in which women have been marginalised in the canon of arts, sciences, and the teaching […]
Maverick Mayhem: Miriam Gamble and W.N. Herbert (Poetry reading, 4th December)
Colpitts Poetry has so far brought to Durham three pioneering female poets, and two wits; now it’s time for some maverick mayhem. Join Miriam Gamble and W.N. Herbert for a provocative […]
Toadying to the Elite: Review of Will and Tom, by Matthew Plampin
Chris Murray reviews Will & Tom, a novel that features a famous artist fighting for a commission against his childhood friend and rival. Strange things are afoot at Harewood House, and it’s […]
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