University English

2017 OGM

Free Places for Early Career Researchers

Saturday December 2nd, Malet Suite, Student Central, Malet Street, London (please note the change of venue)

Our 2017 OGM plenary speaker this year will be Tim Robertson, the first full-time Director of the Royal Society of Literature. Tim will be discussing the main findings of the RSL’s Literature in Britain Today project, and some of the media reactions to it, as well as outlining their Literature Matters programme.

We will also have a panel on the future of the English: Shared Futures conference, with the organisers, Gail Marshall and Bob Eaglestone, and representatives from different areas of the subject, discussing this year’s conference and how the conference might develop in coming years. Our second panel will be focussed on an area which was much discussed at English: Shared Futures, and more broadly across UK academia: career precarity and the Early Career Researcher. We will be looking at various documents that have outlined good practice in this regard, including recent statements by the Royal Historical Society, and the MLA, and exploring the possible design and use of such a statement for our discipline.


A change for venue for our spring AGM – University English’s AGM will be held at Lancaster University on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2018. Reverting to our usual format, the Heads of Department Subject Leaders Networking Event will run on the Friday 13th before our main AGM begins.


Our consultation response for REF2021 is now available on our Policy and Consultation page.

The English Subject Centre Archive is now available.

2017 AGM
The 2017 AGM was held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, in April. The full programme is here. Our keynote speaker this year was Professor Shearer West, who spoke in her capacity as Chair of the UUK Open Access Monographs subgroup. We also had panels on casualisation and academic careers; impact; and HE and secondary education. Speakers included writer and campaigner Melissa Benn, Professor Simon Bainbridge, (Vice-Dean for Research, Lancaster University), Maddalaine Ansell (Chief Executive, University Alliance), and Jed Cinnamon (National Programme Director, Researchers in Schools).


News Overview

University English’s response to Brexit

The University English executive is disappointed by the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, and deplores the likely consequences of Brexit for the UK HE sector. We will do all we can to support our many non-UK European colleagues and postgraduates teaching, researching, and studying English in HE throughout the UK. We are actively working to facilitate the creation of a caucus of those colleagues in the next few months and plan to devote some of our resources to this purpose. In the meantime, we re-affirm our commitment to our sister associations in Europe, to the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), and to the unity of English as a discipline across the UK, in all of its areas.

A letter written by colleagues from Bristol’s English department, outlining their disappointment at the decision (and its potential ramifications) can be found here. We hope that colleagues in other institutions might like to use this as a model for similar letters to their own representatives; if your department would like to post their letter here please contact Tasha Alden at

Please see our News page for more stories.

University English (formerly CCUE) is the main professional organisation for English lecturers in universities and colleges across the UK.

Our aim is to promote the study of English in all its aspects – literature, language, creative writing – and to further the development of both teaching and research.

University English is regularly consulted by funding councils, government agencies and other bodies when they wish to gauge the views of the English subject community.

Members meet twice a year, at the Annual General Meeting in Spring and the Ordinary General Meeting in London in early December. These events are an opportunity to meet colleagues from other institutions, find out about recent developments, and discuss matters of shared concern. To each we invite policy-makers, representatives from the funding bodies, and prominent academics, to address topical issues through a mixture of lectures, presentations, panels, and plenary discussion. The Executive Committee meets more frequently to plan activities and respond to the numerous invitations from bodies such as the REF and the AHRC to engage in consultative dialogue.

University English has close links with the Higher Education Academy and the English Association, and is affiliated to the European Society for the Study of English, whose membership is drawn from over 30 countries.

University English depends upon the good will and active involvement of its membership. The more departments it represents the more effective is its lobbying voice. If you would like to find out more about the advantages conferred by University English membership, please visit the About UE page.

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The European Society for the Study of English, created in Rome in 1990, is a European federation of national higher educational associations for the study of English.

The aim of the Society is to advance the education by promoting the European study and understanding of English languages & literature in English and cultures of English-speaking peoples.

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