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 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)
Wednesday 7 September 2016
- Breathing in Science Fiction 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, Dr Arthur Rose (Durham University)
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Durham Book Festival 2016
Durham Book Festival is back in 2016! From the city of Durham to the wider county, from poetry to politics, and from established voices to new names, the Festival will be a diverse celebration […]
(23 Aug 2016) » Durham Book Festival 2016
Imagined Surfaces: the ‘Undetermined Capacity’ in Henry James
Henry James’s works are famous for their interest in the life of the hidden mind, but James was also interested in the idea of surfaces, and how as a writer […]
(19 Aug 2016) » Imagined Surfaces: the ‘Undetermined Capacity’ in Henry James
Become a Reviewer in Residence at Durham Book Festival 2016
An exiting opportunity via Cuckoo Young Writers, enabling young people (aged 15-23) to get involved in the forthcoming Durham Book Festival by becoming reviewers in residence. It’s a chance to hone your […]
(19 Aug 2016) » Become a Reviewer in Residence at Durham Book Festival 2016
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Results Day 2016
83% of Durham’s research was assessed as "internationally excellent quality" or "world-leading" (REF 2014).