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 (Dean of the School of Advanced Study)
Dr Andrew Nash (Acting Director of the Institute of English Studies)
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

Anna Girling (University of Edinburgh)

Representatives from Higher Education Institutions

Professor Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University)
Professor Robert Crawford (St Andrew's University)
Professor Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Susan Bruce (Keele University and University English)
Dr John Wrighton (University of Brighton)
Dr Abbie Garrington (Durham University)
Dr LIse Jaillant (Loughborough University)

Representatives from Libraries

Dr Richard Price (British Library)
Dr Nick Barratt (Senate House Library)

Representatives from outside the Higher Education Sector

Anne Chisholm (Royal Society of Literature)

Elected Member of Institute Staff



Mr Christopher Adams (Institute Manager)

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.


Acting Director of the IES: Dr Andrew Nash (Chair)

All academic staff in the Institute who teach or supervise: Professor Sarah Churchwell, Professor Simon Eliot, Dr Cynthia Johnston (MA Course Tutor), 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 (PhD), Gillian Neale (MA)

Ex officio: Christopher Adams (secretary), 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: Gillian Neale

MPhil/PhD Student Representative: Tony Russ

Postgraduate Student Administrator 

Ex officio: Kalinda Hughes (Registry)