About the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

We are a very successful School with a long and prestigious history. English has been taught at undergraduate level at Newcastle University for over a hundred years. We attract high quality students and our graduates are outstanding (see our video interviews with alumni).

Key Facts

  • In English Language and Literature we are placed 3rd in the UK for research.
  • 97% of our students say they are 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the teaching and learning experience in English Literature (NSS 2012); 93% say they are 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' on the programmes taught in the School.
  • The School is one of the highest-ranked departments in the UK in the latest International Student Barometer (Autumn 2011), scoring 91% for 'learning', 95% for 'support' and 100% in the overall category of 'living experience'.
  • 92% of our postgraduate students said that they felt the course had exceeded their expectations (2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey).
  • With colleagues in Modern Languages and Education, Communication and Language Sciences we constitute the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistic Sciences (CRiLLS), one of the largest groupings of linguists in Europe.
  • The School offers some of the most diverse and flexible degrees in the country. In addition to English Language and Linguistics, we teach creative writing, film-making and film history, drama and children's literature as well as literature from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
  • We are home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), which brings internationally renowned writers to Newcastle, organizing readings and events that are open to our students and the general public.
  • We work with several partners who support assessed work experience placements.
  • We also work closely with alumni and our award-winning Careers Service to enhance the employability of our students.
  • We have excellent resources which include: The Robinson Library (awarded the government's Charter Mark five times) and its unique Special Collections, Culture Lab, and The Catherine Cookson Archive of Tyneside and Northumbrian Dialect.
  • Last, but certainly not least, we are based in the heart of a wonderful city!

Our Degrees

An extensive range of taught postgraduate courses and research opportunities are also on offer, including the possibility of interdisciplinary study. The main areas of study and expertise can be grouped into the following subjects:

The current Head of School is Dr James Annesley.