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 1 June 2016
- Haliwerfolc: A Poetry Reading 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Empty Shop HQ
Wednesday 8 June 2016
- Flora Annie Steel and the Indian 'Mutiny' Novel 5:30pm to 6:45pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Phillip Mallett
Thursday 16 June 2016
- 'I Worshipped the Invisible Alone': A Coleridgean Shadow in Shelley's 1816 Poetry 5:30pm to 6:45pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Sharon Tai
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Haliwerfolc (Poetry reading, 1st June)
A host of poets from the North East and beyond come together to celebrate the region’s traditions and identity at this intriguingly-titled event. Visit Empty Shop HQ on 1st June, at […]
(25 May 2016) » Haliwerfolc (Poetry reading, 1st June)
New Podcast: Corpus Christi Plays in Durham
Picture medieval Durham one day in the late spring. Plays are performed in the city from dawn until dusk. An elaborate procession moves from the marketplace to the Cathedral, bearing a shrine. […]
(24 May 2016) » New Podcast: Corpus Christi Plays in Durham
The craft of cruelty: an anatomy of the satiric fiction of Evelyn Waugh (Seminar, 26th May)
Join the next Inventions of the Text seminar, where Dr Jason Harding will do something that one is not supposed to: explain a joke – specifically the humour of Evelyn Waugh. The […]
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