About the department
The Department of English has a distinguished history in the field of literary studies and is consistently ranked as one of the top departments in the UK.
We pride ourselves on the wide range and the depth of our expertise, with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering literature from the Middle Ages through to the contemporary period.
With world-renowned research produced by leading scholars, the department is an intellectually stimulating environment. Our distinctive small group tutorials ensure a supportive educational experience, while undergraduates are invited to further their experience by taking part in the Falstaff Society. Postgraduate life is equally enriching, with students running the Bristol Journal of English Studies.
We are engaged in a number of innovative programmes, including the intercalated medical humanities degree, and a six-year part-time BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, which was a runner up in the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) annual awards scheme for 2013.
The quality of our research is illustrated by projects such as the Penguin Archive Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Bristol Poetry Institute, opened in 2012 by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, which have attracted international attention.
Our academics are also closely involved with societies and arts institutions across the country. These include the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bristol Old Vic and the Bristol Theatre Collection.
Bringing literature to life
We actively seek opportunities to share our research through scholarly programmes and public engagement activities. Our programme of events includes lecture series, study days and conferences, including:
- Bob Dylan at 70
- Romantic Afterlives
- Gender and Revenge
- Narrative and Phenomenology
- The annual Tucker-Cruse Lecture series
- The Churchill Lecture series
- The University of Bristol InsideArts Festival
- The annual Medieval Postgraduate Conference
- Romance in Medieval Britain Conference 2014.
How we are structured
Who we are
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