The School of English and American Literature (SEAL) at Reading is renowned for its excellence in teaching and research. We achieved the highest possible rating of 5* in the last Research Assessment Exercise in recognition of the national and international quality of our work.
We are a lively, friendly School, with over 30 permanent members of staff who offer innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering the full range of English and American Literature from the middle ages to the present, as well as post-colonial literatures.
The School has received the prestigious Queen's Award for its work on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre Project, and is an acknowledged 'Centre of Excellence' in the dynamic field of Children's Literature. It also contributes to several interdisciplinary and collaborative Research Centres, such as the Early Modern Research Centre, the Renaissance Texts Research Centre, the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for the History of Authorship, Writing and Publishing. A Graduate Centre for Modern Literature is being developed. Furthermore, SEAL is linked to the Beckett International Foundation, which administers the largest archive of Beckett manuscript material in the world. Members of staff also contribute to one of the University's research themes, the Material Text.
We are equally proud of our teaching system, where the emphasis on seminars and tutorial work encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.