School of the Arts, English and Drama

Staff research

The School of the Arts, English and Drama is a thriving research community with a proven record for both creative and scholarly outputs of international excellence in the fields of the arts in the broadest sense of that term: visual, literary and performative.

Our research takes place both through individual scholarship and in collaboration with research partners across the UK and across the world, and we investigate new directions in both the creation and the analysis of a wide range of cultural forms. For example:

  • contemporary arts practices and theories
  • publishing
  • film, photography and digital media
  • art history
  • language and linguistics.
  • animation
  • design
  • theatre and performance studies
  • textiles
  • creative writing
  • jewellery
  • drawing
  • English and American literature from the early modern period to the present day

The School’s research takes many forms: from conceptual research leading to published outcomes; to applied research leading to industrial and commercial applications and/or professional and public commissions. The School is also committed to knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange projects and uses its research strengths to form links with the creative industries, developing the entrepreneurial side of our activities, and fostering a range of productive and effective knowledge transfer partnerships.

Our specialist researchers encompass a wide range of expertise, and the School achieved excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Submitting to three different discipline panels, 71% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The significance of our research can be seen not only through the 2014 REF results, but also through the impact it has on arts, culture and wider society as a whole.