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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

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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.

ESSE Calls for Papers

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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