Eli Karlin Essay Prizewinner – 2013

The winner of the Eli Karlin Essay Prize for 2013 is Robert Freeman, an MA Issues in Modern Culture student in the English Department during 2012-13. This topic of his essay was ‘The Possibility of Ethics: J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ and Judith Butler’s ‘Giving an Account of Oneself’’.

Founded in 2004 by Professor Daniel Karlin in memory of his father, the prize is awarded for an essay linking the study of literature with that of philosophy or of the history of ideas, and the competition is open to any postgraduate student registered with the UCL Department of English Language and Literature or with the UCL Department of Philosophy. Contact Anita Garfoot ( for further details.

Conan Doyle’s ‘caveman in a lounge suit’

A report of the Challenger Unbound Symposium organised by PhD student Tom Ue by Ben Stevens

A Child of One's Own

Rachel Bowlby has recently written a fascinating new book  'A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories'.  This compelling commentary offers fresh angles and arguments for thinking about parenthood today. Times Higher Education Review

Bas Aarts awarded AHRC Grant

Bas Aarts was awarded a Follow-on Funding Grant by the AHRC for the project Extending the Englicious Platform for Primary English. During the project a team at the Survey of English Usage will work with the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and St Aidan’s Primary School in north London to extend the English language teaching platform Englicious to a new audience, namely pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 at primary schools.

UCL English tops Guardian Subject League Table for the third year running

John Mullan's Guardian article 'Does Jane Austen deserve a place on our £10 notes?' (June 20, 2013)