The Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies (ELCS) is a large, multi-disciplinary department, based in the University’s historic Regent Street building, in the heart of London. Our Regent Street campus is only a stone’s throw from the BBC, a number of galleries and museums, libraries (including The British Library) as well as exciting cafes, bars and restaurants. Fitzrovia and Soho are steeped in literary and cultural history – studying at Westminster you will be following in the footsteps of, among many others, Charles Dickens, Ezra Pound and…the English rock band Pink Floyd, all of whom had connections with the University!
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We have a strong reputation for the imaginative, innovative and creative inter-disciplinary work, making the department an inspiring place in which to study. We research, publish and teach on topics in language and linguistics, English literature, creative writing, cultural studies and visual culture.
In the UK Government’s REF 2014 assessment of research activity, English at Westminster was ranked 28th out of 89 departments in Britain, with 79% of its work judged to be of world leading or internationally excellent quality. In terms of research publications, English Literature and Language at Westminster was ranked in the top 20 UK departments, with around a third of the work judged to be world leading.
Staff are well-known and widely published in their fields. Most recently, our Shakespeare Lecturer, Dr Gwilym Jones won a prestigious 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Awardfor his study of the storms that feature in Shakespeare’s work, Shakespeare’s Storms published by Manchester University Press in 2015.
“This is an original and imaginative book that punches far above its weight as a ‘first book’. The judges were impressed both by the book’s substance and by its style, with Jones lucidly guiding the general reader as well as the academic through textual and staging issues.” — Professor Laurie Maguire from the University of Oxford
Whether the apocalyptic storm of King Lear or the fleeting thunder imagery of Hamlet, the shipwrecks of the comedies or the thunderbolt of Pericles, there is an instance of storm in every one of Shakespeare’s plays. This book explains the special effects used to represent storms in the early modern playhouses, and details how those effects filter into Shakespeare’s dramatic language.
In April 2016 Dr Georgina Colby who lectures in Contemporary Literature (and teaches, among others, our first year core module Keywords) was interviewed on BBC World News about the work of small presses. Georgina spoke about the difficulties small presses face in a publishing world dominated by the ‘big five’ mainstream publishers, digital publishing and Amazon. She described how important small presses are in their encouragement of new and innovative writing and attention to the ‘feel’ of a book, its cover, paper and typographic quality. Dr Colby runs the project The Contemporary Small Press alongside Dr Leigh Wilson, which acts as a hub between small presses, writers and readers. The Contemporary Small Press project runs regular events which are open to our students!
You can find out more about our staff, their research and publications here.
Our staff are equally committed to both research and teaching. All our academic staff contribute to teaching at all levels. This means that even in your first year you will be taught by Professors and lecturers who are leading experts in their fields! Our staff regularly win teaching awards for their contribution to student experience!
At undergraduate level we offer programmes in English Literature, English Language, Linguistics and Creative Writing and there are also taught postgraduate degrees in those subjects. In addition we offer the MA Visual Culture; MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture; MA Cultural and Critical Studies and the MA TESOL. Our research students are undertaking PhD study in a wide range of subjects, benefiting from the department’s intellectual diversity and global perspective. A lot of our undergraduate students continue their studies at the postgraduate level, either at Westminster or universities in the UK and abroad.
There are also many opportunities to study abroad as part of your undergraduate degree at Westminster. Every year some of our students spend a semester or year at a partner university outside of the UK, including Miami in the USA, Sydney in Australia, Oviedo in Spain, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Stockholm in Sweden, among others! You can lean more about study abroad universities here.
To find out more about the courses we offer please visit our University website here or explore this page!
You can also read what our students say about studying at our Department here: https://uniwestminsterenglish.com/2016/08/18/8-incredible-reasons-to-study-english-at-westminster-by-our-students/