University English’s OGM 2018 was held on Saturday December 8th, in the Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London.

9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Panel 1
11:30 Tea/coffee
11:45 Business meeting
12:30 Buffet lunch
13:15 Panel 2
14:30 Tea/coffee
14:45 Panel 3
16:00 Reception: English Shared Futures Book Launch
17:00 Close

Panel 1: Partnering up

(Organisers: Will May, Kate Walchester)

The government’s skills agenda and the increasing importance of impact in research are giving HEIs ever-more prompts to build partnerships with local and national organisations. Partnerships can be used to deliver teaching, collaborate on research, or provide work placements. What kinds of things might English studies learn from our partnerships, and how can they help support and grow our subject?

James Urquhart (Arts Council England, Senior Manager for Literature)
Chris Gribble (Director, National Centre for Writing, Norwich)
Dominique Bouchard (Head of Interpretation, English Heritage)
Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores)


Panel 2: Un-doing English

(Organisers: Natasha Alden, Dave Ellis)

This panel considers the recent rise in prominence of moves to decolonize the curriculum in English departments across the UK, exploring what this means for the syllabus: what do we teach, how, why and to whom?

Claire Chambers (University of York)

Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths University)

Ruvani  Ranasinha (Kings College London)


Plenary Session: The Recruitment Challenge.

(Organiser: Alex Thomson)

Facing declining entries to A-level English and increased competition for undergraduates, this plenary session aims to sound out ways forward: reviewing practical suggestions arising from the recent Action on Recruitment event; asking what English might learn from the experience of disciplines which have long had to live with similar concerns; and exploring the lessons of current research on English and employability.

Gail Marshall (University English, University of Reading) & Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

Ana de Medeiros (University Council of Modern Languages, Kings College London)

Jane Nolan (Newcastle University).


Wine Reception / English:Shared Futures Book Launch

Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of University English / CCUE, and in toasting the launch of English:Shared Futures’ first publication, English : Shared Futures – Essays exploring the opportunities for and challenges to the discipline of English language and literature in education.

Please book here.


University English’s 2017 OGM was held in London on Saturday 2nd December 2017, at the Malet Suite, 2nd Floor, Student Central, Malet Street, University of London

If you weren’t able to pay on the day, you can use this page to submit a payment via paypal. You do not need a paypal account to do this

University English offered up to 20 free places at 2017’s Ordinary General Meeting for early career academics in English who are currently on precarious contracts. As support for early career academics is one of the topics of discussion, we wanted to involve those colleagues who have first-hand experience of these pressures and are not in a position to attend as the delegate of a department. We will also be inviting delegates to comment on a draft code of practice for the employment of temporary staff drawn up by the English Association. We want to hear your voice! If you would like to attend, please email Ben Davies at ben.davies[at]port.ac.uk with your name and any affiliation, and we will register you as a delegate, waiving the normal fee of £60.




9.30 am               Registration and coffee


10.00 am            Panel Session 1: Supporting Early Career Academics

                              (Organisers: Claire Hurley, Kathryn White)

This panel will discuss the pressures facing early career academics, including the use of precarious (temporary / part-time) and teaching-only contracts. What can English departments do to mitigate these pressures? What constitutes good practice in supporting early career staff? Whatever happened to the AHRC Oakleigh Report?


  • Joanna Dunster (AHRC, Portfolio Manager for Research Careers and Training,)
  • Dr Natasha Simonova (University of Oxford)
  • TBC

11.15 am              Tea/Coffee


11.30 am              Business Meeting


12.30-1.15 pm      Buffet lunch


1.15 pm                Panel Session 2: Back to the English: Shared Futures

                              (Organisers: Robert Eaglestone, Gail Marshall)

This session will reflect on English: Shared Futures. It is in three parts: first, we’ll briefly discuss the event as a whole and explore what we learned about our family of disciplines. Second, we will ask four speakers from different areas to explain what they found useful or lacking, what they took from the conference and how it might shape their plans. Finally, we will facilitate a wider conversation with the subject community to discuss any potential futures for the event.


  • Clara Jones (Kings College London)
  • Dr Andrea Macrea (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Seraphima Kennedy (Goldsmiths / National Association of Writers in Education)
  • Keith Jarrett, (Birkbeck / National Association of Writers in Education)

2.30 pm                Tea/Coffee


2.45 pm                Keynote: Tim Robertson (Director, Royal Society Of Literature)

Literature in Britain Today, and the Literature Matters campaign’


4.00 pm                Wine reception


5.00 pm                Finish


The event will close with a wine reception.


The venue will be Malet Suite, Student Central, Malet Street, London (please note the change from our usual venue!).