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
Thursday 7 May 2015
- Voices Becoming Characters: Insights from the Experimental Novel 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede, Professor Patricia Waugh
Wednesday 20 May 2015
- Topic: an exploration of the ways in which the theatre and novel interacted in the eighteenth century 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Ros Ballaster (University of Oxford)
Saturday 13 June 2015
- Power and Politics: Fourth Annual Norse in the North Conference 9:00am to 5:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
English Events in May 2015
Our English Events newsletter for May 2015 is now available. The newsletter lists a wide variety of literature-related events taking place at Durham University and across the wider North East region. The newsletter […]
(30 Apr 2015) » English Events in May 2015
A Decadent Conversation
When we say that someone is living decadently, we may be implicitly condemning them for their life of luxury without purpose. However, in the world of literature, decadent writers such as Oscar Wilde […]
(28 Apr 2015) » A Decadent Conversation
Call for Proposals: Late Summer Lectures 2015 (CFP deadline 18th May)
Our popular annual series of Late Summer Lectures returns in 2015. Researchers from Durham University, the University of York, or Newcastle University are invited to submit proposals for public lectures […]