The study of English at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history that is sustained in the scholarly, critical, and creative dynamism of today's School of English. In the present day, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity. The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.
REF 2014: UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results
The School of English has been ranked third in the UK, and first in Scotland, in the most recent league table of research intensive departments (2014). With over 90% of our staff submitted, 86% of our research has been rated world leading and internationally excellent. In the previous research assessment exercise (2008) we were also ranked in the top ten, making the School one of the UK's consistently outstanding research departments.
Ecology and Modernism
Christina Alt has been awarded a 10-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project entitled Modernist Roots: Early Ecology and Modernist Literature in Britain, 1900-1945. Christina's project explores the significance of the fact that modernism as a literary movement and ecology as an institutionalised scientific discipline emerged concurrently in Britain in the early twentieth century. The work will examine how writers as disparate as H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and Virginia Woolf deployed ecological ideas in recognisable yet distinctive ways in their work.