University English’s 2018 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.

Details and how to book places will be published later.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017 took place at

St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th April 2017


Wednesday 12th April

From 3.00pm Registration; tea and coffee

3.40pm Panel 1: The future of security? The changing shape of an academic career.
Convenors: Elspeth Jajdelska and Natasha Alden

Discussions around academic career paths have tended to focus on the challenges facing Early Career Researchers; high awareness of such issues is reflected, for example, in responses within the subject community to proposals in the Stern Review around portability of research outputs. This panel aims to widen this discussion by considering academic careers in English more broadly, exploring the forces reshaping academic career paths, and asking how to manage and resolve concerns at all career stages.

[4.55pm short break: deadline for receipt of nomination forms for committee]

5.00pm Keynote Address: Shearer West [] – Open Access and the Monograph
Shearer West (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield; Chair OA Monograph Working Group)

6.30pm Reception; University English Book Prize award

7.30pm Conference dinner

Thursday 13th April

9.00am Panel 2: The Impact of Impact
Conveners: Alison Findlay and Alison Waller

This panel explores changing landscapes of English research in light of the impact agenda, offering an overview of how the discipline has responded to REF requirements as well as discussing examples of excellent practice. Panelists will debate how far individuals, project teams, and universities are tackling broader philosophical and ethical questions about the utility of their work outside of academia.

10.15am Tea & Coffee

10.30am AGM Business Meeting

11.30am Tea & Coffee

11.45am Panel 3: Schools of thought: English, HE and secondary education
Convenors: Will May and Ben Davies

Over 60 UK universities sponsor schools in the UK, and the government wants to see numbers increase. Recent initiatives have also forged new links between university research and the classroom, from the Researchers in Schools programme to the Academics in the Classroom project. This panel will explore the new landscape of HE and school collaboration, and what it might mean for English.

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Finish

2.00-3.30pm Executive Committee meeting


The AGM is open to delegates from all member institutions. Please contact Will May (w.may at if you would like to check whether your subscription is up to date.

Registration closes on Friday March 24th. Bookings cannot be accepted after this date. We can accept online payments, or take payment on the opening day of the conference.

1 x member delegate £160

1 x member delegate (non-dining rate) £135

1 x postgraduate rate £60

The 2016 AGM of University English was held at St Anne’s Oxford in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre from the afternoon of Monday 11th April till Tuesday 12th April.

The programme was as follows:



St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th April 2016
Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre

Monday 11th April

From 4.00pm Registration; tea and coffee

5.00pm Keynote Address by Rick Rylance, (Director, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

6.30pm Reception; University English Book Prize award (Ruth Deech Building)

7.30pm Conference dinner (Dining Hall)

Tuesday 12th April

9.30am Panel 1: Changing Geographies of UK Higher Education
Conveners: Delia Da Sousa Correa and Alison Waller

This panel explored the possible outcomes of this year’s Referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, and ongoing consequences of devolution in the UK for the discipline. We also explored the impact of changing government policies on admissions to English across the UK, and across the sector, and presented a first look at the results of University English’s survey of admissions figures for the last six years.

• Pierre Lurbe (Université Paris-Sorbonne; President, Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur);
• Graham Caie (Professor emeritus, University of Glasgow);
• Katharine Baxter (Programme Director (English), Northumbria University).
• Fiona Douglas (University English; University of Leeds)

10.45am Tea & Coffee

11.00am Panel 2: Bridging the gaps: transition and integration in English Studies
Conveners: Natasha Alden, Fiona Douglas and Clare Hurley

This panel considered how we, and our students, might best negotiate the interfaces between school and university, and across different areas of the subject. How can we equip our students to succeed? How might we help them to improve their academic literacy? Would a more integrated view of our discipline help or hinder?

• Eleanor Trafford (Bradford Grammar);
• Integrating English project: Billy Clark (Middlesex University); Marcello Giovanelli (University of Nottingham).
• John Hodgson (University of the West of England, Research Development Officer at the National Association for the Teaching of English.)

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm AGM Business Meeting

2.30pm Tea & coffee

2.45pm Panel 3: Universities at War?
Conveners: Susan Bruce and Alex Thomson

This panel scrutinized the proposals contained in the BIS Green paper on higher education, as well as the wider policy changes affecting the sector in this time of uncertainty: what does TEF mean for us? What will proposed changes to the infrastructure of research funding mean for English? What is the future for part-time study?

• Thomas Docherty (University of Warwick)
• Andrew McRae (Head of English, University of Exeter)
• Richard Brown (Interim Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Open University)
• Katherine Cox (Head of English, Sheffield Hallam University)

4.00pm Finish

4.00-5.30pm Executive Committee meeting