School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Research Support

Research Support

Support for research students studying English Literature, Language and Linguistics is provided both by the School and wider University.

School support

The School is committed to its postgraduate community. This is reflected in the generous research support available to its postgraduates. In addition to free printing, computing facilities and inter-library loans, the School provides a series of competitive support funds every semester.

The Postgraduate Conference Fund aims to support students wishing to organise a conference within the School.

The Writing-Up Fund provides up to £2,000 per student to assist postgraduates in the final stages of their PhD in circumstances of financial hardship.

The Postgraduate Research Support Fund supports the ongoing professionalisation of postdoctoral students in the School. It does so through research activities, such as library visits/research trips, linked to the production of key CV-building publications and that involve establishing regional links with potential partners in the North East.

The Placement Fund supports external placements of mutual benefit to the postgraduate researcher/School and the host institution/organisation. The bursaries are worth up to £500 each. It is normally expected these placements will be with our partners (eg Dove Cottage, Seven Stories, Egmont Publishing).

All postgraduate research students are notified by email and are invited to apply for this funding twice a year. The applications are considered by a committee chaired by the PG Director and funding is awarded accordingly.

Through the Postgraduate Forum, organised by the Chair and Secretary of the Postgraduate Staff-Student Committee, the School also offers a series of informal sessions that support the career development of students at all stages of postgraduate study.

Sessions are led by staff, students, early career researchers, alumni and the Careers Service. They provide invaluable training and advice for current and prospective postgraduates, including:

  • building a CV
  • applying for funding
  • how to get published
  • organising a conference

University services

The University also offers a range of resources to help support your work at postgraduate level.

The HASS Faculty Graduate School provides information, support and guidance for current postgraduate students. It offers a range of research training for postgraduate research students, to provide and enhance the key skills that underpin your work.

The Writing Development Centre and the Royal Literary Fund Fellow offers tuition, guidance and support for students at all levels wishing to improve their writing skills for study purposes. They run a series of lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year and provide a one-to-one support service.

The University offers a comprehensive range of wellbeing services and support which are free, confidential and available to all students.

Student Services is located in King's Gate, a short walk from the Percy Building. Services on offer include:

  • academic information
  • finance and financial support
  • counselling and mental health support
  • disability and dyslexia support