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Research in the School of English

Research excellence

We are proud to be in the top 10 UK universities for research into English (REF 2014). We offer expertise in:

  • text-editing and literary history (from the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to the contemporary)
  • modern English language and linguistics
  • regional literatures and cultures
  • drama and performance
  • creative writing

Our ranking of 9th by 'research power' (REF 2014) reflects our research excellence. We work collaboratively through our four interdisciplinary research centres, delivering results at regional, national and international level. 

Research centres

Research centres

Research expertise

Research expertise and supervision

Research impact

Research impact

Funded projects

Funded research projects


Interdisciplinary research

Our staff and students work on cross-disciplinary projects that address modern challenges; from exploring the history of slavery through drama and performance to undertaking research into Covid-related public health discourses and how to safeguard young people and regional museums during the pandemic.

This collaborative work is supported by the University's Beacons of Excellence and Interdisciplinary Research Clusters (IRCs), which bring together researchers to drive innovation and change. We are actively involved with the following:

PhD researchers

Postgraduate research

Postdoctoral student studying

Postdoctoral opportunities

research and reading groups

Research and reading groups

Psycholinguistics equipment

Research facilities

Book publication

Open research




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School of English

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