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 17 August 2016
- “I don’t believe in the future. I think we’re all doomed”: The Contemporary Apocalyptic Imagination 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, Diletta de Cristofaro (University of Nottingham)
Wednesday 24 August 2016
- Cuthbert: A not so benevolent saint 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, Abigail Steed (Durham University)
Wednesday 31 August 2016
- The Minimalist Literary Aesthetic and Current Forms of Communication in the English Language 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, James Gilbert (University of Edinburgh)
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Pat Waugh elected as Fellow of the British Academy
Professor Pat Waugh has recently been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research. Election to this prestigious body is a mark of […]
(27 Jul 2016) » Pat Waugh elected as Fellow of the British Academy
Sarah Wootton wins the Elma Dangerfield Prize for her book, Byronic Heroes
Congratulations to Dr Sarah Wootton, whose recent book Byronic Heroes in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing and Screen Adaptation has won the 2016 Elma Dangerfield Prize, awarded by the International Association of Byron Societies. Byronic Heroes focuses […]
New Podcast: Catholic Recusants in Performance
In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, some Catholics refused to relinquish their long-established religious customs, including entertainments and drama. Gasper Jakovac shows how, in the North East, performances and […]
(20 Jul 2016) » New Podcast: Catholic Recusants in Performance
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