The School of Modern Languages and Cultures consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Its community of academics, teachers and support staff aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines. Some 80 full-time members of staff are engaged in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering expertise in a wide range of subjects, including language, literature, cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and translation; this is reflected also in an exciting range of taught degrees at postgraduate level. Sections within the School figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers non-specialist learners, including students, staff and members of the public, the opportunity to learn a range of languages from beginners to more advanced levels.
The top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
Four of the School's Departments are ranked first in their subject in the 2015 Complete University Guide. Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies), French, German and Hispanic Studies (Iberian Languages) have all secured first place, and Italian and Russian are ranked in second place. This league table takes into account four factors: entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects.
- Professor Daniel Newman at the Shubbak Festival 2015
- Professor Daniel Newman publishes new coursebook on Arabic translation
- Dr Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig’s edited issue ‘Writing in Extremis’ has just come out with Oxford German Studies.
- Durham University receives generous donation of copy of Emperor Qianlong’s library
- Professor Nicholas Saul has been appointed Director (Arts & Humanities) of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham, from 1 September 2015
- Dr Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig and Dr Catherine Moir collaborate with Durham School on Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context
- Professor Nicholas Saul awarded Fellowship by the Morphomata Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Cologne
- Dr Andy Byford [Russian] awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 'Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936
- New Publication from Dr Abir Hamdar Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World (Routledge, 2015)
- Two members of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Professor Jonathan Long and Professor Janet Stewart, have helped to secure a Leverhulme Doctoral Studentships Award in Visual Culture, which brings more than £1million to the University