New College of the Humanities announces appointment of Convenor to English faculty

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Dr Catherine Brown joins Professor Sir Christopher Ricks, Dr Charlotte Grant and Dr Daniel Swift

Dr Catherine Brown

I am delighted to have been asked to convene the English BA at New College of the Humanities, and I’m looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of students to the College in September.

New College of the Humanities (NCH) announces the appointment of a further member of teaching staff to its English faculty today (Monday 28 May). Dr Catherine Brown has been appointed as Convenor and Senior Lecturer in English, and joins NCH from St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Prior to that, Dr Brown taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Greenwich.

Dr Brown joins Professor Sir Christopher Ricks and Senior Lecturers Dr Charlotte Grant and Dr Daniel Swift in the English faculty at NCH. Her primary specialism is the novel from 1870 to 1930, and her study has focused on the works of D.H. Lawrence and George Eliot. She is also interested in the British novel of the last thirty years, 20th century drama and Anglophone Nigerian and Caribbean Literature.

She studied English Literature under the poet and academic J H Prynne at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, then moved into academic and practical politics before returning to Cambridge for her PhD as an English-Russian comparatist.

Dr Brown said: “I am delighted to have been asked to convene the English BA at New College of the Humanities, and I’m looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of students to the College in September.”

Professor AC Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “NCH students have a wealth, and depth, of experience at their disposal in the faculty, and I am delighted that Dr Catherine Brown has joined us to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for English.

Dr Brown is the author of a monograph titled 'The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare', and she is currently working on a monograph on representations of torture in nineteenth and twentieth century literature, as considered from the points of view of ethics, genre, and reader response.

She has lived in New York and Moscow, and speaks Russian, Spanish, French and native German. Her ongoing academic concerns focus around narrative theory, comparativism and cosmopolitanism.


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Notes to Editors

New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students will have one of the best staff-student ratios in UK higher education and will benefit from a high number of contact hours as well as engaging and challenging weekly one-to-one tutorials.

Our Professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their passion and proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH will welcome its first intake of students in September 2012 and will prepare students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc, English BA, History BA, Law LLB and Philosophy BA. In addition to their degree, all NCH students will also study towards the NCH Diploma, covering four modules from one of the other degree subjects or Politics as a contextual course, plus core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy as well as a Professional Skills course.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district, and students will have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

At maturity, NCH will make offers of full Scholarships, or generous Exhibitions worth 60% of the fees, to almost 30% of applicants.

Scholarships are means-tested and cover the full cost of tuition over a three year degree. These are awarded on academic merit, and students applying for these places will need excellent academic potential.

Exhibitions are based solely on academic excellence and the potential for a student to excel during their time at NCH. All students applying to NCH are automatically assessed for an Exhibition. Exhibition students pay £7,200 per year, a fee lower than that charged by many UK institutions.

The applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit for all enquiries and applications.

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