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Durham University

Department of English Studies

March 2015 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

PhD researchers gain lecturing experience

Several of our current PhD students have recently had the opportunity to deliver lectures to undergraduates ahead of their exams.

The annual Easter Lectures Day sees postgraduates devise and deliver lectures that complement key undergraduate modules, in order to give students a fresh perspective as they revise.

Lecturers are supported by the Durham Doctoral Training Programme, which includes development for teaching. The lectures are recorded, and will shortly be podcasted via READ.

PhD students will also have a chance to deliver public lectures later in the year, when our popularLate Summer Lectures series returns.

Forthcoming postgraduate conferences

The Department will be hosting three major postgraduate conferences this coming June. All of these are organised by our postgraduate students:

The Department sponsors several such conferences each year, and encourages its postgraduates to gain valuable experience in devising and running events.


One of our PhD graduates, Dr Kostas Boyiopoulos, is celebrating the launch of his new book. Published in May 2015 by Edinburgh University Press, The Decadent Image explores culturally significant encounters between sensuality and artifice in the poetry of Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson.

Kostas has also edited a collection on Decadent Romanticism with Dr Mark Sandy.

You can find out more about Kostas's work in this conversation with READ.

Confirming your MA place

Offer holders for our taught MA programmes are reminded about sending final transcripts of BA marks as they become available. Please also make sure that Marie Carlin ( has your MA module choices as selected from our most up to date list for 2015-16 here.

Withdrawing your application

If you no longer plan to come to Durham this October, we would be grateful if you could contact Marie Carlin ( and let us know.

International student support

If you are an international student, you may want to take a look at the University's dedicated web pages, which have lots of advice to help you to plan your arrival and settle into a new country and university.