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League Tables

The School of English has been ranked fifth overall in the UK in the most recent Times and Guardian league tables

English postgraduates

Friendly and intellectually stimulating

Friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment and a wide range of postgraduate research topics to choose from.

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Expertise in all periods of English and Scottish literature

Thirty-one permanent staff members with expertise in all fields and periods of English and Scottish literature.

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Innovative teaching

The first Scottish University to offer a degree in Creative Writing


THE World University RankingsThe 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.

Upcoming seminar

Wednesday 29th April

‘Where the Place?’ – problems of location on the Shakespearean stage
Professor Peter Womack (University of East Anglia)

5.15pm, Lawson Room, Kennedy Hall

Accolades for Creative Writers

Professor Don Paterson

‌Professor Don Paterson has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Paterson joins writers honoured for their published work including Sir Walter Scott, Adam Smith, James Hutton, James Robertson and JK Rowling.

Zinnie HarrisZinnie Harris has won the Berwin Lee Playwrights Award. The award of $25,000 is in the form of a commission, to give recipients the freedom to develop plays they want to write without restriction, for performance in London and New York. Zinnie’s plays include Further than the Furthest Thing and How to Hold Your Breath

Dragon play by Oliver EmanuelOliver Emanuel’s play, Dragon, is to be included in the Edinburgh International Festival. Dragon will play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre from 14-16 August. According to The Scotsman, audiences are unlikely to ‘see a more beautiful, thoughtful and fiercely dramatic theatrical treatment’ of childhood grief.

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