School of Literature and Languages

Our focus is on understanding how texts and languages work across national boundaries, how they function, and how they interact. We bring together the academic disciplines of English literature, creative writing, film studies, modern languages, linguistics, intercultural communication and translation studies.


As a business, you can become a professional Training placement provider with us and recruit students with a good knowledge of professional communication and problem solving, with excellent writing skills. You can also take advantage of our CPD and short courses to upskill your workforce.

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Professor Bran Nicol

Head of the School of Literature and Languages, Professor of English Literature

Bran Nicol is Professor of English Literature and Head of the School of Literature and Languages. He joined the University of Surrey in 2012, having previously been Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature at the University of Portsmouth. His books include The Private Eye (Reaktion, 2013), Postmodern Fiction: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and Stalki...

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This week sees the launch of @ellerylloyd_author's new book #PeopleLikeHer. Half of Ellery Lloyd, SLL Lecturer in E…
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Mixing it up with Modules

Final year English Literature student Georgia discusses the merits of choosing modules at University...


Doing lockdown differently

When the first lockdown happened in March, I was still on my professional placement and thankfully working...

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University of Surrey