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In English we teach a wide range of subjects, from Anglo-Irish Literature, including Joyce, to Romantic and Victorian literature, modernism and contemporary literature, American literature and world literature in English, early modern writing and medieval studies, and women’s writing and gender studies. Courses are taught through lectures, seminars, and small-group teaching. Many distinguished writers – from James Joyce to Neil Jordan and Colm Toibín – are UCD graduates, and visits by writers are encouraged; the School has also made its mark in criticism and is proud to number Denis Donoghue, Seamus Deane and J.C.C. Mays among its emeritus professors.


UCD is committed to ensuring that each student can engage with their academic programme effectively and has access to the highest quality learning and student experience possible. Schools in the College of Arts and Humanities are prioritising wellbeing, quality, and flexibility, across all our modules. Our stimulating teaching and learning environments are designed to ensure your safety, to meet disciplinary demands, and to provide access for all.

Acting under current government and public health guidelines, UCD will continue teaching on campus for the Spring trimester of the new academic year. This will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, field trips, film screenings, and practice-based classes. A number of safety measures remain in place by the university to enable this. All staff and students must wear masks on campus, and if teaching staff need to remove their masks for any reason, they will only do so in classrooms where they are able to achieve a safe distance of two metres away from students. The University has informed the School that numbers of students in classrooms and university buildings will continue to be monitored and managed, that classrooms will continue to be cleaned and ventilated to minimize risks, and that sanitising stations will continue to be provided around our buildings and in classrooms to allow staff and students to maintain good hygiene. We will do everything we can to ensure that this is a safe environment for our community, and we ask all staff and students to do the same. The most effective way you can do this is to take the covid-19 vaccine and booster, unless you have been advised not to on medical grounds.

We will always follow public health guidelines, and so if the public health situation deteriorates, we may need to replace on-campus teaching with online classes. We will notify you by email if and when this is necessary, so please make sure you check your UCD email regularly.

If you feel unwell, or experience any of the symptoms of covid-19 (including cold and flu-like symptoms), you should not come to campus. Please stay at home and follow public health advice. For those students unable to attend campus because of illness, replacement learning activities and materials will be made available on Brightspace. This may include presentation slides, worksheets, directed learning activities, or recorded materials. Module coordinators will advise students what materials will be available to make up for missed classes. Please also note that some classes may need to be rescheduled, cancelled, or moved online at short notice if there are staff absences due to illness or medical conditions.

Advice about the public health measures on campus can be found at the
following link: https://www.ucd.ie/covid-19/faqs/faqsfortaughtstudents/

Student advisers are available to provide information, support and guidance about your studies, and any additional supports you may need: https://www.ucd.ie/artshumanities/contact/studentadvisers/

If you have any general queries about the BA Arts and BA Humanities
programmes, please contact the Arts and Humanities Connector at

If you have specific queries about modules and teaching in the School of English, Drama and Film, please contact the School staff:
CREATIVE WRITING: stacy.grouden@ucd.ie or karen.jackman@ucd.ie
DRAMA AND FILM: joanne.dalton@ucd.ie
ENGLISH: stacy.grouden@ucd.ie or karen.jackman@ucd.ie
GRADUATE STUDIES: graduateedf@ucd.ie