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Department of English Literature

What do an award-winning teacher, a writer for the Talk Politics think tank, the director of an independent film company based at Pinewood Studios, and one of Forbes's 30 Under 30 Europe list of influential media figures have in common?

They all read English at Reading, and they all speak passionately about the importance of their degree in their subsequent success.

I currently work as a writer for a political think tank tackling voter apathy in young people. Communication has been key for my career, and I feel my English degree helped me with this hugely!

 - Oliver Ratcliffe, English and Politics, 2015

diversity, opportunity, community

The Department of English Literature is a diverse and vibrant community of students and academic staff, united in our passion for our subject. Our degrees give you the high-level skills of critical analysis, communication, negotiation, adaptability, problem solving, and cultural understanding that will be crucial to your success, both during and after university.

We offer innovative and flexible degrees that allow you to learn about the subjects that interest you most. We teach in small groups and offer one-to-one tuition so that you receive a bespoke education. No wonder, then, that our students rate us highly: in the National Student Survey 2018, 97% of our students said that staff were good at explaining things, and 93% found our courses intellectually stimulating.

"The terrific range of modules on offer makes English Literature at Reading exciting and unique. This department tries to get the best out of its students, across the board. This shines through in the work the students are doing as well as the quality of the marking - staff are really engaged with their students and are constantly striving to encourage and support their intellectual growth."

 - External Examiner's report on the Department of English Literature, 2017.

 

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