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In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment published in December 2014, the School of English has maintained its place in the top twenty-five percent of research-intensive UK universities, with 42 percent of our research deemed to be world leading and 80 percent of our work either world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of research in the School of English has been deemed by REF to be truly outstanding – we made the top ten schools in the UK on this key ranking alone. And when the quality of our research is measured against the very high volume of staff we returned in the exercise, the School of English rises to a splendid 6th place in the UK on this score for ‘research intensity’.

The large numbers of monographs with scholarly presses and articles in learned journals testify to the School's contribution to the international culture of English Studies, as does the School's growing graduate student population. Every area of English studies is a vibrant presence, from Medieval and Early Modern to Eighteenth Century, Modern, Irish and Language, and this is reflected both in forthcoming conferences and the major collaborative research projects currently under way. These include the internationally renowned Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and the Irish Scottish Academic Initiative.