School of English
Research in the School of English

Research excellence

We are proud to be in the top 10 UK universities for research into English (REF 2021). Our ranking of 9th by 'research power' (REF 2021) reflects our research excellence. We offer a wide range of expertise and work collaboratively through our four interdisciplinary research centres, delivering results at regional, national and international level. 

Research centres

Research centres

PhD researchers

Postgraduate research

Research impact

Research impact

Funded projects

Funded research projects

Psycholinguistics equipment

Research facilities




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:


The impact of our School's research

Person peering through window and curtain

Communicating with Generation Z

Improving pandemic communications

Fleet of Viking longships sailing across the sea

Norse Star

The East Midlands was a cultural melting pot 1000 years ago

Black and white head and shoulders sketch of DH Lawrence

The coalminer’s son

Relating DH Lawrence’s life to local mining heritage


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School of English

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