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. Amongst UK institutions, the School of English has recently been ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide and 3rd in the Complete University Guide.
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.
Saltire Poetry Shortlist
Collections by two members of staff in the School of English have been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Poetry Book of the Year. 40 Sonnets by Professor Don Paterson (Faber & Faber) and Gu Leòr / Galore by Dr Peter Mackay (Acair) are among six books in contention for the prize, which will be announced in Edinburgh on 24 November. A former Professor from the School, Kathleen Jamie, is also in the running for The Bonniest Companie (Picador) - http://www.thebookseller.com/news/welsh-kelman-and-fagan-shortlisted-2016-saltire-society-literary-awards-416671