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English Literature and Creative Writing

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96% of our published work has been rated world-leading or intentionally excellent (REF2021: English Language and Literature). Our research is uniquely shaped by the juxtaposition of the critical and the creative and by our location in the historic city of Lancaster, with its medieval castle and the nearby Lake District, home of Romanticism. We enjoy strong links with the Ruskin Library, the Wordsworth Centre, Lancaster Literature Festival and are home to the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.

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Lancaster’s Department of English Literature and Creative Writing is home to a highly engaged and creative community of staff and students.

Staff are subject-leading academics who committed to teaching and research excellence. Students engage actively within a community of like-minded peers and scholars. We are also proud to host three distinguished visiting professors, Terry Eagleton, Paul Muldoon and Benoît Peeters.

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Athena Swan Action Plan 2019.