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Durham University

Department of English Studies

May 2012 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Read about our research

A new blog from the Department of English Studies is showcasing its latest research insights and activities.

READ: Research in English at Durham features reports about the Department's latest publications and comment on literature in the news. It will shortly start to host a series of podcasts featuring interviews and debates with our world-leading academics.

Research students are invited to write for the blog, with posts that respond to timely issues in the news that link to their research. This allows postgraduates to hone valuable skills in writing for a public audience, and to demonstrate the relevance and impact of literary studies.

As well as the main blog, you can also follow READ on Facebook and Twitter.

Postgraduates practise their lecturing skills

PhD research postgraduates have been practising their lecturingskills on eager undergraduates ahead of the exam season.

In a day-long programme of lectures, postgraduates submit proposals to deliver lectures that relate both to their own research specialisms and to the core teaching on individual modules, with a view to helping students to revise and broaden their knowledge of their subjects. This year, on Saturday 28th April, nine 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 annually by the Graduate School.

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

Durham University people

An MA student has been celebrating her recent success in a prestigious creative writing competition. Samantha Lin came first in the UK International Students Short Story Competition run by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, with a story called "Lily of the valley."

The NCLA is just one organisation that supports creative writing in the North East region. New Writing North, for example, is the region's creative writing development agency, which supports numerous projects.

Within Durham, student creative writers can publish in University journals and websites, such as the The Bubble and Durham 21. MA students can apply to study the module Writing Poetry, taught by the Department's award-winning poets, Professor Michael O'Neill and Dr Gareth Reeves.

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