George Murgatroyd

English Literature PhD student, 2007 - 2013

All in all I’m having a fabulous time as a PhD student at Lancaster and, having been made to feel like a member of the Departmental team, I am sure that any one joining the Department would experience the same sense of amiability and encouragement.

Having completed my BA further afield, I returned to Lancaster, my hometown, in 2006 to study for my Research MA. From the off I found the Department of English and Creative Writing to be an incredibly friendly place in which to work, so much so that once I had finished my MA I applied to stay on and study for a Ph.D . One of the best things about the Department is that the administrative and academic staff are always happy to help out or just have a chat, however busy they are, which makes for a very open and welcoming environment. I have been given a great deal of support and advice throughout my time at Lancaster from many members of staff, but have also, importantly, had the freedom to shape and direct my own research.

My Ph.D thesis essentially analyses the depiction of race in fictional work emanating from New York from 1914 until 1929 and the intra and interracial literary relationships that the authors of this work had with each other. The archival focus of my research has taken me to various libraries in America during the past two years - including those of Princeton, Yale and Chicago - and I will be travelling to the University of Pennsylvania next year to conclude the archival research of my Ph.D. All in all I’m having a fabulous time as a Ph.D student at Lancaster and, having been made to feel like a member of the Departmental team, I am sure that any one joining the Department would experience the same sense of amiability and encouragement.