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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. 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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Professor Sharon Ruston receives Leadership Fellowship, 7 September 2015

The life and letters of a British scientist "one of the foremost of his day" will be used as a lens to examine the relationship between sc ...Read more»

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Professor Sharon Ruston receives Leadership Fellowship

Learn here about the AHRC research council Leadership Fellowship that was awarded to Professor Sharon Ruston so she can continue her work on ‘The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy’.


The 2016 Lancaster Writing Awards have been announced.

With prizes for criticism, poetry and prose fiction, the Lancaster Writing Awards are an excellent opportunity for school leavers.

Find details of how to enter 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.

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