The School is home to a distinguished team of creative writing practitioner researchers. In 2012 the success of the Creative Writing Department was marked by the appointment of 10 new Professors, including Fay Weldon, Maggie Gee, David Almond, Philip Hensher and David Harsent. These professors will be involved in teaching and research at all levels.
The MA in Creative Writing, which celebrates its 21st birthday in academic year 2012-13, is widely regarded as one of the most successful in the UK. The MA in Writing for Young People has also developed a reputation as the leading course in the UK for developing new writers for young audiences. Our Creative Writing PhD is one of the country’s leading doctoral programmes.
All of our postgraduate courses are taught at the University’s stunning Corsham Court campus - originally home to the Bath Academy of Art established in 1854 and now a centre for postgraduate study and research. Corsham is also the base for the research centres in Contemporary Writing, Writing and Environment, and Writing for Young People.
We have a thriving practice based research culture with many staff scoring 3* or 4* (internationally excellent or world leading) in the UK government’s research assessment exercise RAE 2008 . We anticipate a strong submission to the REF in 2014. We have high aspirations for both our staff and our students and aim to create an environment where intellectual enquiry and innovative thinking and creative practice can flourish. Researchers are supported by the School's Research Co-ordinator and by the University’s Research Office, based at Corsham Court. PhD students are supported by the Graduate School and locally by the Department’s PhD Tutor.
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