English, Creative Writing and American Studies
Welcome to the Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies
We provide the perfect setting for you to explore these overlapping academic fields of study in all their richness and diversity and for you to grow as a reader, critic and writer.
We are an inclusive and engaged department, in which cultural critics, literary and language experts and highly regarded writers work closely together to produce a lively and diverse range of programmes and research.
These programmes are characterised by creative and critical engagement with processes of writing, language and textual production in relation to a variety of contexts, including social, cultural, political and environmental. The Department has a strong international dimension and sponsors exchanges with Japan, America and European countries.
We combine cutting-edge research with passionate teaching, fantastic careers support, and a varied calendar of extra-curricular and social events. To ensure that you are exposed to fresh ideas and new authors throughout your degree, you are taught by different lecturers with diverse approaches. We keep our class sizes small so that you receive as much individual attention as possible and are able to engage in debate and seminars.
The Culture-Media-Text Research Centre co-ordinates work on literature, film, media and other forms of culture within and across disciplinary boundaries. The centre hosts visiting lectures and performances, including an annual symposium exploring a topic of current critical interest from interdisciplinary perspectives. Researchers in the centre were also instrumental in the establishment of Winchester University Press. We also actively promote the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series – an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents.
Meet the English, Creative Writing and American Studies team
Head of Department
Professor Jude Davies
Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells
Dr Matthew Leggatt
Dr Fran Mason
Creative & Professional Writing
Dr Vanessa Harbour
Professor Andrew Melrose
Dr Mark Rutter
Dr Michael Jardine
Dr Matthew Leggatt
Dr Daniel Varndell
English Language Studies
Professor Inga Bryden
Dr Carolin Esser-Miles
Dr Gary Farnell
Dr Ruth Gilbert
Dr Eric Lacey
Dr Barbara Loester
Professor Neil McCaw
Professor Chris Mounsey
Dr Nicola Puckey
Prof. Christopher Mulvey
Find out about our research
Our Centre for Research into Language brings together the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Studies in the united interest of language.
The Culture-Media-Text Research Centre coordinates work on literature, film, media and other forms of culture within, and especially across disciplinary boundaries.
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.
Visit the Research Degrees section to find out everything you need to know about postgraduate research degrees at Winchester.