The Institute of English Studies is part of the School of Advanced Study. For further information, please visit Governance of the School

The Institute conducts its day-to-day business through the following committees: 

Advisory Council


Professor Dinah Birch, CBE, FRSA, FEA (University of Liverpool)

Ex officio members

Professor Rick Rylance (Director)
Professor Philip Murphy (Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies)
Professor Linda Newson (Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies and Pro-Dean to the Council)

Representative Members from the Colleges of the University of London

Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)
Professor Alison Finlay (Birkbeck)
Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths)
Professor Susan Irvine (University College)

Postgraduate Student Representative


Representatives from Higher Education Institutions

Professor Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University)
Professor Robert Crawford (St Andrew's University)
Professor Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)

Representatives from outside the Higher Education Sector

Professor Susan Bruce (University English)

Right of attendance

Professor Simon Eliot
Dr Cynthia Johnston (Course Tutor, MA History of the Book)


Mr Christopher Adams (Institute Administrator)

Higher and Research Degrees Committee

The Higher and Research Degrees Committee has responsibility for student monitoring, and for monitoring the academic quality of the Institute's activities, including the MA/MRes in the History of the Book and the London Rare Books School.


Director of the IES: Professor Rick Rylance (Chair)

All academic staff in the Institute who teach or supervise: Professor Sarah Churchwell, Professor Simon Eliot, Dr Cynthia Johnston (MA Course Tutor), Dr Andrew Nash (MA Course Director), Dr Elizabeth Savage

Three persons not in SAS (but who may teach or supervise): Professor Elisabeth Jay (Oxford Brookes), Dr Shafquat Towheed (OU), Dr Rowan Watson (V&A)

Student representatives: Tony Russ, Bonnie Walker

Ex officio: Christopher Adams (secretary), Hannah Pope, Kalinda Hughes (Registry)

Staff-Student Liaison Committee

The Staff-Student Liaison Committee provides a forum for students of the Institute to raise problems or concerns in a formal setting. The Committee meets as part of the Higher and Research Degrees Committee.


Director of the IES: Professor Rick Rylance (Chair)

MA/MRes Course Tutor: Dr Cynthia Johnston

MA/MRes Student Representative: Bonnie Walker

MPhil/PhD Student Representative: Tony Russ

Postgraduate Student Administrator: Hannah Pope

Ex officio: Kalinda Hughes (Registry)