School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Postgraduate-Led Activities

Postgraduate-led Activities

A strong feature of postgraduate life in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is the student initiatives that create a vibrant and dynamic sense of community.

Below are just a few of the events and activities initiated by postgraduate students across the three sections of the School.

In addition, there is a strong commitment in the School and the University to student representation.

The Postgraduate Staff-Student Committee meets once per term and is attended by staff and postgraduate representatives. These are nominated by taught and research postgraduates at the beginning of the year.

Student representatives nominate items for the agenda and the committee also has a Student Chair and Secretary.

The Students' Union also appoints School representatives for student research and taught programmes. They sit on faculty committees and address matters arising from the school postgraduate committees.

English Literature

The Postgraduate Speaker Series was initiated by postgraduate students and meets once a fortnight. It provides a friendly and supportive environment for current students to present work in progress to an audience of postgraduates and staff.

Our postgraduates have recently been involved in several successful and independent AHRC funding bids. These have been used to launch a series of large inter-institutional collaborations focused on public engagement.

'Cultivating Community' organised a series of one-day events, field trips and opportunities for independent archival research and exhibitions around the theme of Lord Armstrong's role as a civic figure in the North East.

'Postcolonial Studies and the Public Sphere' was a one-day large-scale event that brought academic researchers into dialogue with practitioners outside of the academy, to identify opportunities for future collaboration.

Postgraduates take a leading role in a number of reading groups, including areas such as the Long Nineteenth Century, Postcolonial Theory and Film Theory.

They also run sessions for the City Library reading group, as well as public film screenings, for example through the Tyneside Cinema Book Club.

English Language and Linguistics

Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics is published annually to showcase new research by staff and postgraduate researchers. The journal is edited by postgraduates at Newcastle University.

Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics is organised by postgraduate researchers at Newcastle. This annual conference provides a unique forum for presenting postgraduate research as well as networking with other postgraduates from across the country.

Creative Writing

Write Around the Toon is a student-led project that enables PhD Creative Writing students to act as a writer in residence at many cultural institutions throughout the North East, including:

  • the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
  • the Sage Gateshead
  • the Great North Museum

All PhD Creative Writing students are given the chance to apply for a residency.

Young Voices is led by PhD Creative Writing student Jill Clough. It aims to forge links with young people and schools to explore ideas for developing creative writing both inside and outside the classroom.

The Young Voices project also provides space to showcase writing by young people. It places Creative Writing PhD students in local schools to gain experience in running workshops.