School of English

REF 2014 - Research Excellence Framework - English and Drama at Sussex ranked 9th in the UK

Welcome to English


Bringing together English and American Literature, English Language and Linguistics, and Drama, the School of English at Sussex combines world-leading research with innovative, creative teaching.  We share a commitment to understanding and rethinking the ways in which language creates and shapes our world : imaginatively, structurally, and through performance.

Since the University’s founding, Sussex English has challenged conventional critical and cultural models. This continues. Our faculty are distinguished scholars, many of whom have won academic prizes and research awards. Our degrees are widely recognised as inventive, inviting interdisciplinary study. With nearly 50 faculty, over 750 undergraduates and 200 MA and PhD students, the School of English enjoys one of the largest concentrations of students reading English, English Language and Linguistics and Drama in the UK.

portrait Prof Carol Watts, Head of School of English

    Professor Carol Watts
    Head of the School of English

School contacts

School of English Office

For all general enquiries please contact the School of English Office:

University of Sussex
Arts B, B133 
Brighton BN1 9QN
+44 (0)1273 877303
+44 (0)1273 678434

Undergraduate admissions

For enquiries about Undergraduate admissions, in the first instance please contact Student Recruitment:
+44 (0)1273 876787 

Postgraduate admissions

For enquiries about Masters admissions, in the first instance please contact Student Recruitment:
+44 (0)1273 876787

For enquiries about Doctoral admissions please contact the Research & Enterprise Co-Ordinator for the School of English, Laura Vellacott:
+44 (0)1273 873429

SIGNPOST- A comprehensive list of events in the school


Sussex Modernism: Retreat & Rebellion

'Sussex Modernism: Retreat & Rebellion' tells the story of modernist artists, writers and thinkers inspired by the county since the turn of the 20th Century and opens at Two Temple Place in London from Saturday 28 January until 23 April and is free to attend.

Now showing ~ Virtual Exhibition ‘Alice to Alice: Dalziel 1865-1871’




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