School of the Arts, English and Drama

Staff research

CALIBRE - Research Excellence in the School of the Arts, English and Drama

In late 2016 Loughborough University launched the CALIBRE framework (Collective Ambition at Loughborough for Building Research Excellence) which is an inclusive comprehensive and forward-looking articulation of the research component of the University’s Building Excellence strategy.

The School of the Arts, English and Drama has aligned its research work around the new framework.

  • Research leaders: attracting, retaining and developing the best talent at all career stages and
  • Here to Stay: bringing the best academics in the world to Loughborough

The School has a solid and wide-ranging research base with colleagues in the early stages of their research careers through to established, internationally renowned scholars. It has continued to secure large-scale external funding from UK research councils as well as European projects, Doctoral Training Programmes and industrial partners. The School develops all research-active colleagues through a universal Research Mentoring scheme.

Colleagues within the School have actively engaged with funding opportunities as part of the Institute of Advanced Studies programme to facilitate international visits from academics at various stages of their careers. Dr Arianna Maiorani was awarded funding to faciliate a visit from leading multimodality speciialist Professor John Bateman, University of Bremen, Germany in October 2017.

  • Ambition: raising performance in targeted areas

The Ambition programme supports existing and established research areas with an identifiable opportunity to achieve at a higher level through managed interventions. The Cultural Evolution Ambition is led out of the School by Associate Dean for Research, Professor Mike Wilson, supported by Dr Deborah Harty with the aim of delivering a step change in external grant income to the Arts and Humanities.

  • Beacon: identifying and investing in major strengths

The Beacon programme recognises the “classic” research strengths of the university where excellence has been evidenced in formal and informal external assessments. External recognition of these strengths is international and indisputable. Colleagues within the School contribute to a number of CALIBRE’s beacons, notably Communication and Culture, and Professor Nigel Wood is the School’s link into this strand.

Dr Jennifer Cooke's work as leader of the Gendered Lives Research Group has secured support through the Beacon seedcorn for the Trans Lives East Mids project and to run a two-day Feminist Methodolgies Conference in March 2018.

  • Global Challenges: multi-disciplinary solutions to the world’s biggest societal challenges

Dr Rob Harland is the School’s link to the four Global Challenge groups and reports regularly on Challenge activities through the School Research Committee.

  • Adventure: incentivising new development opportunities

Colleagues from the School have successfully secured funding for multi-disciplinary work in pioneering new areas. Dr Arianna Maiorani leads on a project on encoding dance movement which has received £10,000 of seedcorn money.

  • Thought Leadership: placing Loughborough at the heart of the debates of the day

In 2017, colleagues will organise key conferences and symposia, including the Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference, INTERSECTIONS, George Egerton Conference and Drawing || Phenomenology. The School hosts visiting speakers and engages with a range of topical themes, including Research Councils and European research funding opportunities in the Brexit era.

  • Doctoral College: delivering a financially sustainable world-class doctoral student experience

The School provides a dynamic, creative and technically supportive environment for postgraduate research. We offer a friendly and inclusive community with a proven record for publications of international excellence.