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Ranked 1st for research

We are ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014). 95% of our research is rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Research strengths

Our established research strengths include world and comparative literature, poetry and poetics, creative writing, drama and performance, ecoliteratures, literary and cultural theory, literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, American studies, Translation, cultural history and British Isles literatures.

We work closely with the University's Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning to support development of innovative programmes of study and teaching delivery.


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Centre for Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

The Eighteenth Century Centre 

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance


Feminist Dissent

A new journal edited by a collective of feminist academics, activists and writers focused the relationship between gender, fundamentalism and related socio-political issues.