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Durham University

Department of English Studies

July 2013 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Postgraduates gain lecturing experience

PhD students have had the opportunity to practice their lecturing skills on eager undergraduates ahead of the summer exam season.

Postgraduates submitted proposals to deliver lectures that related both to their own research and to undergraduate modules, with a view to helping students to revise and broaden their knowledge. This year eight researchers contributed their expertise to a large audience of students.

Before they can deliver lectures, postgraduates are trained at an intensive workshop. This is just one of a variety of courses on teaching, research and career skills that are run by the Graduate School.

Although teaching opportunities are pitched at research students, MA students can also develop their oral skills through seminars and tutorials, and through active participation in the Inventions of the Text series.

Regional subject networks

As well as contributing to Durham seminars and research institutes, the Department of English studies works with wider subject networks at other universities in the region. These give taught and research postgraduates the opportunity to meet academics and researchers from outside of Durham. Regional groups include:

As a postgraduate, you will be kept informed about all regional events taking place each month through our comprehensive North-East English Events newsletter.

Durham University people

PhD research student John Clegg has won the Society of Authors 2013 Eric Gregory Award for his first book of poetry, Antler.

The award is given for a collection by poets under the age of 30. Antler features prehistoric landscapes, folk tale and myth. The book’s centrepiece, the sequence “Vaisala and Sinuhe,” charts an astronomy professor’s infatuation with a postgraduate student, who is almost certainly not a werewolf.

John is studying for a PhD under Dr Gareth Reeves, who is another of the Department's published poets. You can hear John read from his poetry in a Research English At Durham podcast.

MA reading lists

If you are applying to take a taught MA, you will receive an email within the next week or so containing your reading lists for your chosen modules. If you have not received your reading list within the next two weeks, or you have any other enquiries, please contact Marie Caygill at in the first instance. The office will be closed at some points; if you need a response at such times please contact Jenny Terry at

Is your email address up to date?

Remember that if you are leaving another university this summer to come to Durham, your old institutional email address may expire. To update your contact details so that we can continue to keep in touch with you before you arrive, email or