Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Not Damned, United: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Not Damned, United: Letters

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In their pessimistic analysis of the prospects for English, "What happens in the tempest?" (31 October), Robert Eaglestone and Simon Kovesi make some misleading statements about the organisations that represent the subject and the level of cooperation between them.

The English Association is a learned society with a worldwide fellowship that includes writers, academics, independent scholars and schoolteachers. Through its publications, conferences and special interest groups, it serves the whole subject community and acts as a vital conduit of communication between English departments in schools and universities.

The Council for College and University English has a more specific remit, which is to promote the study of English in higher education. Its twice- yearly meetings are attended by representatives - often heads of department, although more junior staff and postgraduates are also encouraged to attend - from English departments across the UK. At a time of increasing competition between universities, these meetings allow staff from different institutions to address the wider interests of the subject across its three branches: literature, language and creative writing. …

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