The School of English is notable for the range of its postgraduate programmes and research training opportunities, covering the following areas: literatures in English from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day; drama of all periods, with a particular focus on drama as performance; modern English language, applied linguistics and literary linguistics; historical language study including place names; and Old Norse and Viking Studies.
The school has a vibrant research culture with research students working in a uniquely wide variety of single and interdisciplinary fields. Our students join a lively, diverse and truly international body of researchers, which combines an exceptionally broad range of specialist interests with a close-knit community. All academic staff are active researchers and involved in advanced teaching and supervision. Seminars, workshops and conferences are organised regularly and the school has the following research centres and institute:
Major research grants from the AHRC, British Academy, ESRC, EPSRC and Leverhulme have been awarded to the school for research projects, some to be pursued collaboratively, with biology, computer science, geography, history, humanities, medical school, pharmacy and psychology. The school has also benefited from British Academy and Leverhulme Visiting Professorships.
The school is involved in the promotion of digital technologies in research, produces on-line journals and uses electronic media to disseminate research projects in electronic editions and digital data-bases. The school also has dedicated laboratory space to support areas of research in applied linguistics.
The school is the base for major survey and reference works: the CANCODE, CANBEC, and NHCC corpuses; the Survey of English Place-Names and Vocabulary of English Place-Names; the English Dictionary of Runic Inscriptions; and the e-edition of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey.
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