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.


We have an international reputation for interdisciplinary research in literature, languages, linguistics and intercultural communication.


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.


Our staff members

Professor Patricia Pulham

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

Patricia Pulham is Professor of Victorian Literature and editor of the EUP journal, Victoriographies. She completed her doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London in 2001, and taught at Brunel, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and QMUL, where she was Lecturer in Poetry from 2002-03. In 2004, she was appointed to a lectureship in English literature at the University of Portsmouth. She joi...

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University of Surrey