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 2016 and Times and Sunday Times 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. 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
Friday 12 February 2016
- Colpitt's Poetry: Matthew Caley and W.N. Herbert 8:00pm to 9:00pm, Alington House, Matthew Caley, W.N. Herbert
Tuesday 16 February 2016
- Rescuing Shakespeare: 'King Lear' and Its Textual Contexts 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Professor David Fuller
- The Wild Hunt: ghosts, goddesses and witches in medieval Europe 6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 140, Professor Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol)
News Feed: Research English At Durham Blog
Human and animal, man and machine, the arts and the sciences. On the surface we may appear to live in a world that is structured around opposites. However, Michael Mack […]
(10 Feb 2016) » Contaminations
Wicked and Surreal: Matthew Caley and W.N. Herbert (12th February)
From madcap surrealism to Metropolitan wit, the next Colpitts Poetry reading promises to be a lively affair. Doors open at 20.00 on 12th February, in Alington House, Durham. Everyone welcome. Matthew […]
The Afterlives of Eve (Conference 9th-11th September, CFP deadline 12th March)
A three day conference at Newcastle University will look at the ways in which the figure of Eve has been imagined in art, culture and the media. Keynote speakers include Sandra M. […]
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