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
Wednesday 2 September 2015
- Victorian Vikings and the World of Saga Tourism 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Thomas Spray
Wednesday 9 September 2015
- T.S. Eliot and the Anthropology of the Primitive 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Duygu Senocak
Wednesday 16 September 2015
- Old English Riddles and The Dream of the Rood 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Michael Baker
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
New Podcast: Narrating Everyday British Life by Authors of Muslim Heritage, Then and Now
[MP3 version] In today’s multicultural Britain, it is hard to believe that in the early twentieth century there were perhaps only 25 Indian female students in the whole country. Brought […]
Imagining Vikings Revisited
Vikings! The word possibly conjures up images of fur-clad warriors, swords drawn, charging from a longship to raid a village. During his week curating a twitter series on #imaginingvikings, Thomas […]
(29 Aug 2015) » Imagining Vikings Revisited
Victorian Vikings and the Alluring World of Saga Tourism (Public lecture, 2nd September)
The third lecture in our Late Summer Lectures series will examine how writers from Walter Scott to George R.R. Martin have been inspired by the history and literature of Iceland. Join Thomas […]