Supporting outstanding student focused research degrees in English Literature
The English subject at Ulster University forms part of the School of English and History in the Faculty of Arts. It is a vibrant and diverse centre for the study of English literature and culture and hosts an active and thriving body of postgraduate students.
Individual scholars within the department are engaged in an extensive range of research fields which maintain and enhance the broader scholarly practice of English Studies across the globe, from Early Modern, Eighteenth Century and Victorian literature and culture, through to Modern, Contemporary, and Creative Writing, as well as Critical Theory.
Several of the researchers working in these areas also distinctively contribute to a significant focus on the study and intellectual endorsement of Irish Literature, which is also strongly and widely represented in the departments teaching practice.
The value of the departments research as a whole is nationally and internationally recognised by the numerous monograph publications produced by English staff with scholarly presses, as well as the frequent output of articles in highly ranked academic journals. The department also regularly supports and hosts major conferences and symposia, as well as the appointment of eminent visiting scholars. This is most recently evident in the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, as Visiting Professor (2010- 14) to the School of English and History. During 2011/12, Professor Muldoon delivered a series of creative writing workshops for the departments undergraduate students, as well as a public reading of his work, and a lecture on the poetry of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop for the English Research Seminar series.
Research in the department is managed and administered by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI). Staff in English comprise one of four Research Clusters, alongside History, Music, and Languages, which constitute the AHRI. The Institute encourages and sustains an energetic research culture across all four subjects and offers an inter- disciplinary environment to scholars working in a variety of different research areas. In order to consolidate existing links, attract further funding, and encourage collaboration across the Faculty within Irish Studies, the Institute launched the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies in 2013.