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The School of English has been ranked 1st overall in the UK in the most recent Times league table

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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.

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 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.

St Andrews 1st in the UK for English

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.

Editing the Nineteenth Century

Editing the Nineteenth Century

A two-day symposium on the theme of 'Editing the Nineteenth Century' will take place in the School of English on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April. Organised by Dr Clare Gill and Dr Katie Garner, it will examine the world of textual editing, and specifically the practices, pitfalls and responsibilities attached to editing nineteenth-century texts today. While facilitating discussion between more senior and experienced editors from across the globe, a further key aim of the symposium is to offer an insight into the editing process.

The symposium schedule will take a mixed format of lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions arranged to encourage knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practice when editing nineteenth-century texts. Speakers include Professor Penny Fielding (University of Edinburgh), Professor Alison Lumsden (University of Aberdeen), Professor Daniel A. Robinson (Widener University), Professor Dorothy Driver (University of Adelaide), Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Edinburgh), Dr Daniel Cook (University of Dundee), Dr Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck), Dr Andrew van der Vlies (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Susan Manly (University of St Andrews).

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