University English’s 2017 OGM will be held in London on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Our plenary speaker will be Tim Robertson, Director of the Royal Society of Literature. Tim will be discussing the main findings of the RSL’s Literature in Britain Today research, and some of the media reactions to it, as well as outlining their Literature Matters programme.


Panel Session 1: Topic: The Future of English Shared Futures 

After a short outline by Gail Marshall and Bob Eaglestone of the conference, how it ran and what we learned about the discipline, a panel of  speakers representing different constituencies will speak to what they found useful, what they took from the event and plans for the future arising from ESF. In the discussion session, the organisers will ask for input from the floor on the future of the event. We will also be showing the ten-minute documentary that was made during the conference.


Panel Session 2: Topic: Early Career Issues.

In light of the continued debate within the academic community over Early Career Academic precarity, we will be discussing various documents that have outlined good practice in this regard, including recent statements by the Royal Historical Society, and the MLA, as well as older documents from e.g. the AHRC (Research Training Framework). How do we define terms? What are the responsibilities of departments? How do pay and conditions for casual staff and the use of temporary and teaching-only contracts vary across the subject? The aim of the panel, ultimately, is to unpick some of the many issues that get bundled up together on this topic, but also to consider what and how University English can contribute. Should we, for example, issue our own good practice guide? How might departments want to be involved in designing and using this?


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!).