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Durham University

Department of English Studies

January 2015 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Our research rated among best in the country

The exceptionally high quality of research carried out by Durham's Department of English Studies was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

In this exercise, which is carried out every six years, departments are graded on their publications, quality of their research environment, and the wider impact of their research. Overall, our Department of English was ranked as the fourth highest for Literature in the whole UK. Ninety percent of our research was recognised as being "internationally excellent" or "world-leading." 

We look forward to seeing you at Durham, where you will both learn from and contribute to our world-class scholarship.

PhD and MA funding

Details of funding schemes for prospective MA and PhD students have been announced. Please take note of the strict deadlines:

For more details, and for links to other possible sources of funding, see our Financial Support pages.

Spotlight on Postgraduate English journal

Postgraduate English is our professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate research. Having published continuously since 2000, it is one of the longest-standing online publications for postgraduate literature research in the UK.

In addition to scholarly articles, the journal also invites book reviews, reflections on postgraduate teaching, and free-wheeling polemics on all things academic.

Each year postgraduate researchers can apply to edit the journal; the incoming editors for 2015 are Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury and Sarah Lohmann. All postgraduates are eligible to submit their own material for peer review and possible publication.

People News

We are pleased to welcome a number of new faces to the Department's staff.

These include poet and critic Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran, who has joined from Oxford University, and Dr Abbie Garrington, from Newcastle University.

Dr Ravinthiran's current research concerns "spontaneity and form" in nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American prose. His first book of verse, Grun-tu-molani, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Dr Garrington's research interests lie primarily in the modernist period, with her particular expertise being in the literary history of mountaineering, in expeditionary travel writing, and in life writing/epistolary practice in travel contexts.

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.