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Winner of Emily Stiff Poetry Prize 2017 announced

The competition for the Emily Stiff Poetry Prize has been held for a second time. Callum Ross, a second-year BA English student in the Department, won with a selection of poems. The judges were highly impressed with the quality of work submitted by entrants.

The prize was set up by Prof Elizabeth Clarke and Dr Matthew Stiff in memory of their daughter Emily Stiff, a former student of the Department who was a keen poet herself. The competition is open to all undergraduate students of the UCL English Department.

Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

Visit to Stratford

On Saturday 14 October 2017, UCL English students and Professors Helen Hackett and René Weis visited Shakespeare country with Professor Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmondson.

The purpose of the trip was to introduce interested students to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, its research collections (40% of all primary Shakespeare materials are in the Birthplace Trust Archives), its streets, and its Shakespeare houses (the Birthplace, New Place, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the ‘Cage’). 

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.