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For further information on how to apply, entrance requirements and selection criteria, please see the University website and the Faculty of English's website.

Why New College?

There is a flourishing New College English Society run by the undergraduates which invites guest speakers. The Nuttall Fund provides modest book bursaries to undergraduates in financial need, and supports an annual trip to Stratford.

Places available

The College admits eight undergraduates a year to read English and one or two in English & Modern Languages.

The tutors

There are three Tutorial Fellows who cover almost all of the undergraduate teaching.

Dr Mark Griffith works on Old English poetry and teaches Old and Middle English and the History of the Language. Dr Will Poole has a particular interest in relations between literature and intellectual history in the Early Modern period and covers the teaching from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Dr Hannah Sullivan has research interests in Modernism and teaches 19th and 20th century literature. There is, however, some overlap and interchange between the areas in which we teach. 

What we look for

At Admissions the tutors are looking particularly for students who enjoy reading widely and accurately in English Literature.

New College is especially interested in candidates for the following joint course involving English:

  • English & Modern Languages is a three-year or four-year course; students opting for the four-year course spend one year abroad in the country appropriate to the language they are studying. The course combines the study of English with the study of one modern language, which may be French or German, but may be one of several other languages, including Russian, Czech, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
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