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
Thursday 19 January 2017
- Thatcher and Thatcherism: New Critical Perspectives Room CG218, Chemistry Department and Room ED101, School of Education
- ‘Company’ by Samuel Beckett 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral
- ‘Company’ by Samuel Beckett 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Review of The Poems of Basil Bunting, edited by Don Share
The modernist Basil Bunting was one of the most important British poets of his generation, but over his career he dropped in and out of obscurity. Emily Van Houten reviews […]
(5 Jan 2017) » Review of The Poems of Basil Bunting, edited by Don Share
North East English Literature Events in January 2017
Happy New Year to all our readers and followers! According to Mark Twain, the turn of the year is “the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next […]
(5 Jan 2017) » North East English Literature Events in January 2017
Literary Minds (Public symposium, 21st January)
Do novelists and poets ‘hear’ the voices of the characters and speakers who people their imaginary worlds? In what sense can voices from the literary past enter a writer’s creative […]
(22 Dec 2016) » Literary Minds (Public symposium, 21st January)
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