Research plays a key role in every aspect of the school’s work. Virtually all members of the school are active researchers and many were rated highly in most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.
The school also hosts four research centres:
English staff have research expertise in areas ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare, to Creative Writing, feminism, literary theory and inter-disciplinary study. The quality of this research was recognised by the 2008 RAE, which judged 40 per cent of the department's activity to be 'world-leading'.
The Times Higher Education's 2008 RAE league table placed the department in the top ten UK universities for research in the area.
The English team have been extremely successful in gaining significant research funding to support their work and have carried out several large-scale projects on subjects including modernist magazines, Virginia Woolf and the Brownings.
The school currently hosts Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard's Theatre Archive Project - an ambitious collaborative venture with the British Library.
The school boasts leading names in historical research, with areas of expertise including British cultural history, European ethnic history, British economic history, the history of India and Pakistan, Indian history and the History of Sport.
Prestigious research awards from both national and international grant-making bodies have been secured by history academics. These projects have looked at subjects such as race and immigration in Britain and Germany, migration and memory, Punjab studies and the 1947 partition of India, British rural history, and modern British social and cultural history.
The International Centre for Sports History and Culture is based in the school. It is one of the leading centres in the world for the study of sports history.
Colleagues in critical and contextual studies carry out research in a number of fields including art history, the history of fashion and design, South East Asian studies and pedagogy of writing and creativity.