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Welcome to the Department of English & Creative Writing

We are a world class department that combines critical and creative excellence. Focused on both literary study and creative writing, our teaching is informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship. Our staff includes two Distinguished Visiting Professors representing this critical-creative identity: Terry Eagleton, a world-famous literary critic, and Paul Muldoon, one of the greatest living poets.  Top level academics and practising award-winning poets and novelists teach students at all levels. Our high standing is reflected in our national ranking, being 14th in The Complete University Guide with a Top 10 ranking for Graduate Prospects.

Our distinguished staff, together with the high quality of our students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. We place a very high value on both teaching and research as well as on our care for our students. In the national Research Exercise (REF) 2014 we were ranked 3rd in our discipline in terms of research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment and 25th in terms of grade point average. We are also proud of our ability to make our research accessible and relevant to society and were ranked 7th for impact.  As this suggests, our department combines intellectual excellence and rigour with a friendly and conducive atmosphere for study. 

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An Excellent Research Result for the English Language and Literature Submission to REF 2014, 18 December 2014

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The 2015 Lancaster Writing Awards are open!

With prizes for criticism, poetry and prose fiction, the Lancaster Writing Awards are an excellent opportunity for school leavers. For more information and an application form, click right here.



Two students discuss Creative Writing at Lancaster





Simon James and Chrisopher Irvine are both in their third year of creative writing at Lancaster: click the image to hear what they have to say.

Sideways in Time: Call for Papers!

We are pleased to announce the "Sideways in Time: The Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference", on the 30th and 31st March 2015.

Please see here for more details. Send 300 word abstracts and a 50 word bionote by the 15th of December, 2014 to

Welcome to the New Royal Literary Fund Fellow

The English and Creative Writing Department is delighted to welcome distinguished author Kathleen Jones to the university to help students improve their academic writing. For contact details and an explanation of the role of the RLF, click here.


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