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
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
Friday 19 June 2015
- 'The Charm of the Unfamiliar': Myth and Alterity in Early Modern Literature 9:00am to 5:00pm, St Mary's College
Thursday 2 July 2015
- Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies 9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Castle
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century: Conference
Originally posted on Abnormality Research Network:The ‘Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century’ postgraduate conference opened with an engaging keynote address by Professor Martin Willis (University of Westminster)…
Music and Literature: Critical Polyphonies (Conference, 2nd July)
Registration is now open for this one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, which seeks to explore the myriad ways in which literature and music interact to construct meaning. The conference takes place on […]
New Post: Coleridge and Godwin: A Literary Friendship
Originally posted on Pamela Clemit:Pamela Clemit has published a piece on Coleridge and Godwin on the Wordsworth Trust Blog. It concentrates on their friendship from the winter of 1799 onwards,…
(19 May 2015) » New Post: Coleridge and Godwin: A Literary Friendship