Organisers

The conference is organized by the English Association and University English and supported by the National Association of Writers in Education, the Institute of English Studies and the Higher Education Academy.


The English Association

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.

We do this by:

  • working towards a fuller recognition of English as an essential element in education and in the community at large
  • by encouraging the study of English language and literature
  • by means of conferences, lectures and publications
  • by fostering the discussion of methods of teaching English of all kinds
  • and by responding to national issues.

English Association Website


University English

University English (formerly CCUE) is the main professional organisation for English lecturers in universities and colleges across the UK. Our aim is to promote the study of English in all its aspects – literature, language, creative writing – and to further the development of both teaching and research. University English is regularly consulted by funding councils, government agencies and other bodies when they wish to gauge the views of the English subject community

University English Website


National Association of Writers in Education

NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels. As a Subject Association, NAWE promotes Creative Writing as both a distinct discipline and an essential element in education generally. Our membership includes those working in Higher Education, the many freelance writers working in schools and community contexts, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.

NAWE website


Institute of English Studies

The Institute is one of nine member institutes of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. In addition to running over twenty-five seminar series in all topics related to English Studies, the Institute hosts and organises around thirty conferences each year and provides diverse study and training opportunities. Its mission is to: promote advanced study and research in English Studies in the wider national and international academic community; facilitate academic discussion and the exchange of ideas through its comprehensive events programme; provide a centre for excellence in English language, literature, palaeography and the history of the book; and offer opportunities that promote excellence in English Studies, by means of events, fellowships, research training, consultancy, and publications.

IES website


The National Association for the Teaching of English

NATE works to:

  • Promote standards of excellence in the teaching of English from Early Years to University
  • Promote innovative and original ideas that have practical classroom outcomes
  • Support teachers’ own professional development through:
  • Access to current research
  • Publications
  • National and regional conferences
  • Provide an informed national voice on matters concerning the teaching of English and its related subjects
  • Encourage sharing and collaboration between teachers and learners of English and its related subjects

NATE website