Research in English
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment published in December 2014, 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 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, 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 our staff's contribution to the international culture of English Studies, as does our 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 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.
Meet our researchers
DR EDEL LAMB
CHILDHOOD, RIOT AND PERFORMANCE
My book Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre offered a new account of early modern childhood by assessing child performers. Current work explores hoStaff profile
Dr Alex Murray
Landscapes of Decadence
Extending dominant geographical and temporal frameworks for reading Decadent literatureStaff profile
DR STEFANIE LEHNER
THE INTERSECTIONS AND CROSSCURRENTS OF IRISH STUDIES
Subaltern Ethics in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Literature develops a postcolonial approach by galvanizing Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics with the socio-culturalStaff profile
DR MARILINA CESARIO
Scientia before Science
The interface between prognostication, magic and science in the Middle Age and the relationship between weather and time are at the heart her research. This stuStaff profile