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.
The Book of Iona
Professor Robert Crawford has published a new anthology of writings on the island of Iona with Polygon Press. The Book of Iona contains the writings of novelists, poets, saints and sinners over the centuries on Iona, and includes many new, specially commissioned Iona stories and poems from writers such as Meg Bateman, Jennie Erdal, Meaghan Delahunt, Candia McWilliam, Ruth Thomas and Alice Thompson. Amongst the earlier materials are poems attributed to St Columba in modern translations by Edwin Morgan and Robert Crawford, as well as amusing accounts of their visits to the island by Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and John Keats.
Professor Crawford will be launching The Book of Iona in Toppings Bookshop in St Andrews on 5 October at 8pm.