English at Leicester is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence in teaching and research across a range of scholarly activities and chronological periods. We have several research centres and groups carrying out pioneering research over a range of topics and interests.

Investigate the work of our research groups and projects through the links below. Just a few of the topics covered by our research groups include 'literature, science and medicine', life writing, and Early Modern literature.

Visit our people pages for information about our staff's individual areas of research and publications.

Research centres

Discover the pioneering research being carried out by the department of English.

More about our research centres

Research groups

Expand your knowledge by exploring the many and varied topics covered by our research groups.

See more about our groups


Learn more about the current research projects being undertaken in the department.

Our list of current projects


Find out more about the events run by English, from research seminars to talks with leading literary figures.

Join us at an event

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in December 2014, over 70% of our research outputs were classed as either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’, with 33% of them ranked in the highest category (4*) as ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’.

100% of our ‘Research Environment’ and 90% of our ‘Research Impact’, the latter referring to the reach and significance of our research beyond academia, were ranked in the two highest categories (4* and 3*). On the basis of these criteria, including the fact that all of our staff are research-active and 98% were submitted to the REF, the Times Higher Education rankings* placed us 12= out of 89 UK departments.

*Times Higher Education REF 2014: Subject Ranking on Intensity, 1 January 2015