School of English and Journalism

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Welcome to The School of English and Journalism

Welcome to the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln. George Orwell once wrote: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Most famous today as the author of novels such as Animal Farm and 1984, Orwell also worked for many years as a journalist, writing for newspapers such as The Observer and broadcasting on the BBC in the 1940s.

It has often been the case that some of the best creative writers we know and love also sought to bring their stories to a wider public through the mass media, something that we celebrate here at Lincoln. For students on our courses in English, Journalism, Creative Writing and Public Relations, the opportunity to shape our understanding of the world through our words and stories is the most important skill for the 21st century. Creativity with the School of English and Journalism unsurprisingly is captured within the spoken and written word. Storytelling is key to everything we and our students do.

Amongst our academics are internationally-recognised researchers and practitioners; some are award-winning journalists and leading authors. The School has a vibrant research culture and hosts regular research seminars in literature and writing, as well as a programme of lectures by visiting professionals from the journalism and PR industries.

The Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, has been Visiting Artist with the School for the past three years and is just one example of the vibrant community of scholars, writers and practitioners who have contributed to this dynamic and growing School. Orwell may have been writing in the aftermath of World War II, but in an age of fake news his words resonate more than ever. 

Professor Jason Whittaker

Head of School