School of English

The School of English at Queen’s is now in the foremost ranks of UK English departments, following its outstanding performance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

According to Head of School, Professor John Thompson, 90 per cent of the School’s research activity is judged to be of international and world-leading standard and 35 per cent of it is classified as world-leading.

The School is ranked 14th out of 87 submissions based on the weighted average of the assessment categories and 13th in terms of the percentage of the highest 4* category (world -leading research).

“English is one of the biggest units of assessment in the RAE. As a result the competition facing us in the league tables generated by these latest research judgements is far greater than for smaller subjects, so that makes our achievements in RAE 2008 seem even more remarkable and significant for Queen’s.”

Professor Thompson said the School has succeeded in building on the 5A rating achieved in the last RAE and thanks are due to all staff involved since 2001 and in particular previous Heads of School Professor Malcolm Andrew, Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie and Professor Hugh Magennis.

“This assessment, which accounts for the high position of Queen’s English in the rankings, is an extraordinary tribute to the significance, quality and dynamism of our research and the research culture that supports it, across all the School’s five clusters: Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Modern Literary Studies, English Language and Linguistics and Poetry, Irish Writing and Creative Writing.