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:
- The North East Forum in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies, co-ordinated by Northumbria University
- The Romantic Heirs research network, established between Durham University and Sheffield University
- The North-East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long Nineteenth Century, hosted by PhD students from the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham
- The Caribbean Research Seminar in the North, held under the Society for Caribbean Studies
- The North East Irish Culture Network, within the University of Sunderland
- The North-East Modernist Research Initiative, organised by Northumbria University
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.