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Department of English Studies

From previous students:

"I came to Durham to study with well-known academics in my field and because of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  In my time here, as well as completing my PhD, I have helped to organise the Medieval and Renaissance Postgraduate Discussion Group with students in History and Modern Languages, been awarded a Research Assistantship to contribute to a major AHRC project editing the complete works of James Shirley, and received support from the CMRS to attend conferences and a course on palaeography.

I really enjoyed my PhD here: you are given support and various opportunities throughout your course, and my supervisors were helpful but also willing to fit in with my preference to work independently for most of the time. The funding opportunities, friendly attitude of the department, and the fact that PhD students are allowed to teach at undergraduate level (I've taught across four modules) mean that I would recommend this course unreservedly." 

(Katherine Heavey, "The Reception of Mythological Women in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature")

"I was initially attracted to come here by the prospect of studying in a world-class but friendly department, offering good financial and pastoral support, in the nicest city in the best region of the UK. The programme in Durham has given me the freedom to study independently, and also to seek out new research opportunities and intellectual activities which interest me and support my research, such as the Institute of Advanced Study, working with the Kaleidoscope or Postgraduate English journals, or the Department's seminar series."
(Alistair Brown, "Demonic Fictions: Cybernetics and Postmodernism")

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Department and the current editors of 'Postgraduate English' regarding the re-publication of my article on The Savoy.  If such confirmation is needed, I would like to point out just how important the journal has been for my academic and publishing career. After the initial publication of my article in 2005, Wikipedia cited my first 'Postgraduate English' article on several of their pages internationally, and this has lead directly to a new publishing contract for me with Gale-Cengage Learning, who wish to include my work as a book chapter.  The free-access nature of Postgraduate English means that my two articles published therein are still the most widely read and quoted of my published research to date, and I am continuing to reap the benefits of being included in such a high-quality, accessible journal.

I am now thriving over in Seoul. Since news of my talents spread following my first job, I had several offers of better posts, and was eventually head-hunted by this university who were specifically looking for a British educated PhD holder. Such beasts are extremely rare out here, so I find myself quite a valuable commodity. As a consequence, I've managed to pay off my undergraduate student loan in 18 months!"

(Dr Matthew Brinton Tildesley, Visiting Professor of English Literature, The University of Seoul, South Korea.)