Department of French Studies
Ranked joint second in the UK for our research (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). 65% of our research was rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally significant).
Public Engagement award for French Studies academic
Dr Kate Astbury, Associate Professor and Reader in the Department of French Studies, is one of this year's University winners of the Research Impact and Public Engagement Awards, given in recognition of an academic's strong focus on public understanding and involvement in research activity. The list of all winners can be viewed here. Dr Astbury's work especially analyses the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, and is decribed here.
I chose the English and French degree for many reasons: the course covers a broad range of material, both the English and French departments are ranked amongst the best in the country, and the campus is great. Now in my final year, I enjoy being part of an active interdisciplinary research centre. Staff in both departments are friendly and approachable, and are specialists across many subject areas. Warwick offers many opportunities for independent research at undergraduate level and beyond – I have been able to take part in cutting-edge research, creative projects, and student-led projects. Liam Lewis, English and French.
I am currently in the second year of my PhD, which examines literature from a francophone Caribbean background, and focuses on how their English translations influence the transmission and reception of an image of postcolonial identity in a different culture. Having completed my undergraduate and Master's degrees elsewhere, Warwick has shown itself to be very friendly and welcoming, and an excellent place to undertake a PhD, with an emphasis both on producing high quality research and offering you the opportunities to develop a broader skill set. In addition to my research, I also teach and have had the chance to work on Widening Participation school visits and projects and to organize the annual French Studies Postgraduate Conference. Sarah Blaney, PhD candidate.
Dr Katherine Astbury researches responses to, and representations of, French Revolutionary events in texts and images of the period. She has worked with the curators of National Trust property Waddesdon Manor to foster a greater awareness of the ramifications of the Revolution among the broader public, and supported teaching in schools. The catalogue of the Waddesdon collection is freely accessible on the Waddesdon website.