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Gill at graduation

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The School of English recently ranked 1st in the UK in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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


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.

Creative Writers

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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.

Complete University Guide badge‌In 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 1st in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 1st in The Guardian league tables 2018.

The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Guardian League tables 2018: School of English ranked 1st in the UK

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.

British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: Postwar

British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: PostwarProfessor Gill Plain celebrated the publication of her edited collection, British Literature in Transition 1940-1960: Postwar (with Cambridge University Press). Resplendent in racing green, it was published alongside two of its companion volumes in the series of which Gill is General Editor, Futility and Anarchy and Flower Power.

To find out more about the series, which reconsiders the story of twentieth–century literature, see the interview with Gill on YouTube

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