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The English Department at the University of Leicester is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching and research across a range of scholarly activities and chronological periods. It achieved a 5A rating in the 2001 RAE, and was ranked equal tenth in the country in the recent Times Guide to Universities, a remarkable achievement for a department of its size. It offers expert research supervision from nationally and internationally known scholars in all areas of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, with areas of particular expertise in Victorian Studies, Old English, Late-Medieval and Renaissance literature and cultural history, modern literature and literary theory, theatrical history, literary biography, textual editing and bibliography, and some areas of English language study.

The interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Centre and Medieval Research Centre bring together scholars from across the University and beyond in fruitful dialogue and collaboration, with the Victorian Studies Centre frequently attracting distinguished visiting academics from Australia and the USA to the Department. Regular seminars and workshops, drawing upon a range of scholarly expertise from both within the Department and across the academic community, and an annual public lecture series sponsored by the Medieval Research Centre present the fruits of Departmental and faculty research to the wider community.

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