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Eli Karlin Essay Prize 2016: Winner

The winner of the Eli Karlin Essay Prize for 2015-16 is Alexander Solo (MA Issues in Modern Culture) for an essay on 'Beckett, Late Marxism and the Anthropocene: towards a new understanding of Endgame'.

The Eli Karlin Essay Prize was founded by Professor Daniel Karlin, a former member of UCL English staff, as one of two prizes in memory of his parents Eli Karlin and Miriam Stahl. The competition is open to postgraduate students of both the UCL English and Philosophy departments, and is awarded for an essay linking the study of literature with that of philosophy or of the history of ideas. For further details, email a.garfoot@ucl.ac.uk.

Emily Stiff Poetry Prize 2016: Winners

The Joint Winners of the Emily Stiff Poetry Prize are Lucy Silver (who graduated with a BA English degree this year), and Helena Schob (a second-year Modern Language Plus BA (German and English) student). Professor Mark Ford, Head of Department and himself a published poet, sent his personal congratulations to the winning students. The judges were very pleased with the high quality and quantity of entries, and the Department is grateful to all students who submitted poems.

This prize was founded in memory of Emily Stiff, a former student of the UCL English Department and keen poet herself, by her family. The competition was open to all undergraduate students of the Department.

Launch of Englicious

The Survey of English Usage, a research unit within UCL's department of English, is pleased to announce the official public launch of the Englicious website aimed at improving the teaching of English grammar and literacy. The website contains a complete library of English teaching and learning resources, including background material for teachers; lesson plans, starters, and projects for use with students in the classroom; interactive smart board activities; a thorough and authoritative glossary of terms; and even short informational videos on English grammar for teachers, students, and parents. The project was conceived as a means of making the rich linguistics research of the Survey of English Usage available to teachers and students. In addition, the project rigorously connects the new UK National Curriculum for English to the most recent linguistic research into the English language, offering teachers a consistent, authoritative source of information and classroom materials. Partners have included primary and secondary schools in Camden and Haringey, as well as the National Association for the Teaching of English. The development of the site was funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council knowledge transfer funding and by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council via a UCL Enterprise Award.  

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Professor Susan Irvine, Quain Professor of English Literature and Language, has been awarded a 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award – 250,000 euros to be spent over five years – was established in 2012 to promote the internationalization of the humanities and social sciences in Germany. Professor Irvine will collaborate with the Seminar für englische Philologie at the University of Göttingen in developing a research project focusing on the preaching texts and traditions of Anglo-Saxon England.