• Department of English and Creative Writing

    The Department of English and Creative Writing combines tradition and innovation, excellent teaching and world class research.

    We’re home to internationally renowned writers, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Adam Foulds, James Smythe, Iain Sinclair, Melvin Burgess, Professor David Harsent and Professor Fiona Sampson.

    We have our own academic publishing house and a partnership with a major literary festival. The Department has a thriving calendar of student-led and alumni events as well as seminars, masterclasses, and conferences - most of which are open to the public.

    We are ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for English & Creative Writing according to the Guardian University Guide 2016.

  • Teaching

    We are a centre of literary excellence in english literature, creative writing and children's literature

    Our students agree our courses are something special. We achieved 95% and 94% overall satisfaction for English Literature and Creative Writing courses (2015 National Student Survey).

    Our postgraduate courses offer rich and varied professional writing courses with specialised pathways in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Fiction for Young Readers.


  • Research

    In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of all our research publications were ranked as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" for their impact.

    The Department is home to the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, regarded as the premier institution for children's literature research in Britain.

    In 2013, we launched The Roehampton Poetry Centre, placing the department at the forefront of the UK poetry scene.

    Find out about TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership funding opportunities here

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  • What our students say

    Daniel Jon Drakeford

    "I enjoy the range of courses available and variety of texts that we study."

    Daniel Jon Drakeford
    BA English Literature
  • In numbers

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