Resources and Facilities

Facilities for Research Students

The University Library, established in 1922 and recently refurbished, offers first-rate provision for research in English Studies and cognate fields. It is particularly strong in sources for the study of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature. Special Collections include seventeenth-century religious writings, Victorian periodicals and modern literary archives including the papers of Joe Orton and Sue Townsend and material relating to the Beat Generation.

The University provides word-processing and computing facilities campus-wide.

The School encourages and advises on graduate involvement in the larger network of scholarship, through attendance at conferences, visits to archives and special collections, and publication.

PhD students discussing their research at Postrgraduate Forum

Research Training

Research students are closely and expertly supervised on an individual basis by a main supervisor and a back-up supervisor, or sometimes jointly.

Additionally, all students take a one-semester seminar course on research methods, bibliography, and writing skills.

A regular "Research in Progress" seminar-series, organised by graduate students themselves, provides a forum for presentations and the exchange of ideas amongst graduate students and staff. The other staff/graduate-student seminar involves the presentation and discussion of formal research papers, often given by speakers from outside Leicester.

The Graduate School provides an introduction to research at the University in the first week of the autumn term, and the Student Development Zone also provides training courses and practical workshops for postgraduate students during the year.

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