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Welcome to the School of English.

The School is one of the oldest in Britain and Ireland, and in 1867 it founded the first-ever Chair in English Literature. We are a large, friendly and productive intellectual community of academics, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. Trinity College Dublin is ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement university review as one of the Top 50 universities in the world; our international ranking in the Arts and Humanities is considerably higher, and the School of English makes a major contribution to the College’s global reputation in these areas. In its last external review (2007), the School of English was rated ‘Research Intensive’, the highest possible category of achievement. Our intellectual interests are diverse and often iconoclastic, across a range of Anglophone literatures, from Old English philology to Postmodern Fiction.

At freshman (1st-2nd year) level, we are committed as a matter of policy to teaching in small-group tutorials, which are specifically designed to accompany each lecture course. Most of sophister (3rd-4th year) teaching is done by seminars where students get to specialize in their particular interests, choosing from a large range of option courses, many of which derive directly from the research specialisms of staff. The School also plays host to a number of visiting international scholars, who regularly teach courses or give lectures and seminars.

The School has a very strong profile in creative writing, and is home to several internationally-acclaimed writers, as well as providing an annual Arts Council Fellowship in Creative Writing, which has been held by many of the most distinguished Irish writers, including John McGahern, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Sebastian Barry, Medbh McGuckian, Tom Kilroy, and Anne Enright. Our current Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing is the Pulitzer-prizewinning American novelist Richard Ford.

Here in Trinity, we are lucky to have a wonderfully-situated campus right in the heart of Dublin, one of the world’s liveliest capital cities. The College has a world-class research library, to which all members of the School community have full access. The National Library of Ireland is a stone’s throw away on Kildare Street. Additionally, Trinity’s campus gives easy access to theatres, cinemas, and shops, including many leading bookshops, as well as a vast choice of cafés, clubs, pubs and restaurants.

Eve Patten
Head of School


Last updated 3 September 2012 School of English (Email).