The Sunday Times University of the Year 2012-13, the University of Exeter is a Russell Group university and in the top one percent of institutions globally. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 18,000 students and is ranked 7th in The Sunday Times University Guide, 10th in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2012 and 10th in the Guardian University Guide. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 90% of the University’s research was rated as being at internationally recognised levels and 16 of its 31 subjects are ranked in the top 10, with 27 subjects ranked in the top 20. The University has three campuses. The Streatham and St Luke’s campuses are in Exeter and the Cornwall Campus (known locally as the Tremough Campus) near Penryn. In an arrangement that is unique in the UK, the Cornwall Campus is owned and jointly managed as the Tremough Campus with Falmouth University. At the campus, University of Exeter students can study programmes in the following areas: Animal Behaviour, Conservation Biology and Ecology, English, Environmental Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Geography, Geology, History, Mathematics and the Environment, Mining and Minerals Engineering, Politics and International Studies, Renewable Energy and Zoology.
Northumbria University, in Newcastle upon Tyne, is an expanding multicultural learning community, with excellent links with further and higher education, industry and commerce throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Renowned for the excellence of its teaching, as well as for preparing students for the world of work, Northumbria also promotes excellence in research. Northumbria has supported this project since its early stages, having contributed substantial financial sponsorship to the initial workshop at the Institute of Historical Research in London on 18th and 19th February 2013. The Department of Humanities, in which Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus is based, offers a particularly supportive environment for interdisciplinary research, as it is home to researchers in both English Literature, Language and Creative Writing and in History.
The aim of the English Association is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels. Founded in 1906 by a small group of English teachers and scholars, it took a leading part in the movement to develop English studies in schools, while encouraging advanced studies in further education. Past Presidents of the Association have included John Galsworthy, Harley Granville-Barker, Sir Kenneth Clark and George Steiner. The Association today is an international organisation with Fellows and members in Britain and throughout the world. It is a registered charity (1124890) and in December 2006 was incorporated by Royal Charter, based at the University of Leicester since December 1993. The EA has given support to this project from its first inception. Adrian Barlow, Chairman of the Association, is a member of our steering committee, and our research findings and related outputs will be published in the journal of the English Association, The Use of English.
The English Association are also organising a major centenary conference on war poetry, ‘British Poetry of the First World War’, at Wadham College, Oxford, from 5-7 September 2014. For more details please visit the conference website.
Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is now a world-class research and teaching institution. The Institute of Education is the only college of the University of London dedicated entirely to education and related areas of social science. It is the UK’s leading centre for studies in education and related disciplines, and its staff of pre-eminent scholars and its talented students make up an intellectually rich learning community. This community reflects the Institute’s cultural diversity as well as its varied political, philosophical and methodological positions on educational and social scientific thought. The Institute of Education is supporting this project by sharing expertise on educational research and practice with the two investigators, and has a shared interest in the outcome of the survey in the light of teaching practices in the wake of the First World War’s centenary.
The Historical Association is an independent charity incorporated by Royal Charter that has been supporting the study and enjoyment of history since 1906. With over 6000 members the HA is the major national organisation representing the case for an historical education to policy makers and ministers. The Association advise on curriculum issues at all levels and campaign for access to specialist historical knowledge and collections. The Association continues to support the study, teaching and enjoyment of history at all levels, including non-professional interest. Today there are over 50 branches around the UK. The HA are supporting this project in a number of ways. Professor Jackie Eales, President of the Historical Association, is a member of our steering committee, and some of our research findings will be disseminated in History, the Journal of the Historical Association.