About the English Subject Centre


Welcome to the website of the former English Subject Centre. In collaboration with colleagues nationwide, the Subject Centre worked for eleven years from 2000 to 2011 to support the development of teaching and learning in English Literature and Language, and in Creative Writing in UK higher education. This website, which is now in the care of University English, houses a large proportion of the resources generated or collected by the Subject Centre. You are warmly invited to explore its contents. They include a wealth of resources organized in thematic and curriculum areas; case studies, project reports, and links to electronic versions of printed guides and other publications. The Subject Centre team hopes that all these – so far from being a static or historic archive – will continue to influence and inspire colleagues in the development of inventive teaching and imaginative procedures for learning.

If you would like to find out more about the history and mission of the English Subject Centre, you might be interested in this article from the final issue of the Centre’s WordPlay magazine.

A celebratory video was created on our 10 year anniversary celebrating some of our achievements:

Guide to using the site

All the resources from the former Subject Centre website have been organised into recognisable areas of Teaching and Learning activity within Higher and Further Education contexts. To access the content you can either:

Browse around the site clicking on subjects which interest you, when you have finished reading a particular page you might:

  • try clicking on related content areas of the site to get a list of other resources in that area – click on the buttons at the bottom of the page or
  • Browse the right hand column of the page you are on where you will find related projects, resources etc are displayed by title

If you are looking for something in particular then try clicking on the search icon in the header of every page and type in the closest word/s to the content you are looking for.

We have four microsites that were also associated with our work over the years and you can still access those:

  • Designing Shakespeare
  • Key Skills with Chaucer
  • The Condition of the Subject – International Conference 2003
  • Renewals – International conference 2009