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Durham University

Department of English Studies


There is life after a Durham degree! Indeed the Department was in 2017 ranked first for employability in the Guardian university guide.

Our own survey in 2011–12 showed that the Department’s alumni go on to be successful in a very wide range of different endeavours, both in the workplace and in life more generally. We are keen to develop ways of drawing on this large reservoir of experience and insight, and of keeping alumni involved in the life of the Department.

Keep in Touch

Alumni are always welcome to contact the Department. Email

Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and via our blog, to stay abreast of the Department’s latest research news and findings.

Come to Our Events

During your undergraduate studies you may have received a monthly newsletter of literary events in the region; you can continue to subscribe and come to some of our wide range of public lectures and activities.

Careers Advice and Support

We are currently working on ways on involving alumni in helping current students make career-choices. We organise an annual careers event at which a small number of alumni come back to Durham (in some cases virtually, by video-conferencing) to talk about their experiences of the work-place – and of life in general. We are also looking to establish a panel of volunteers willing to provide informal advice to students either by email/phone. Please contact us if you are willing to help with either of these initiatives.

Placements and Shadowing Opportunities

We regularly respond to request for us to circulate placement-opportunities among our current students. If you work for an organisation that might be interested in helping the department with a regular set of placements or shadowing-opportunities, please let us know.

Academic Support

All students at Durham are encouraged to spend at least 40 hours per week on their academic studies, which leaves little scope for supplementing their resources by part-time work. In the near future we hope to be able set up a departmental hardship fund to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students in English Studies.

Academic Excellence Prizes

On the whole, Durham students need no encouragement to work hard – but it’s always nice to get a prize, and it can mean a great deal to the students concerned. The Department currently has relatively few prizes to offer, and we would very much like to be able to offer more. With the help of our alumni, we might be able to do this. A £200 prize could be funded by just three alumni making a regular gift of £5 per month. Do consider donating whatever you are able.


Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.

Follow English Studies on Social Media

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Durham University Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme

Durham University is delighted to announce the introduction of a tuition fee discount scheme for University alumni who choose to return to Durham University to study at Postgraduate level from the start of the 2017/18 academic year.