Research

English at Leicester is an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence across a comprehensive range of scholarly activities and chronological periods.

Current projects include Wordsworth 2020, in collaboration with the Wordsworth Museum, Colonial Countryside, in collaboration with the National Trust, and Joe Orton: 50 Years On, partnered by Curve Leicester and others. These projects have been supported by funding from the AHRC, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. You can find out more about these and our other recent projects, all of which reflect our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, via the link below.

We are home to the Victorian Studies Centre and the Centre for New Writing. Colleagues from the School are also members of the Medieval Research Centre and the Centre for American Studies.

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

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 reach and significance of our research beyond academia) were ranked in the two highest categories (4* and 3*). Because of this, combined with 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 English departments.

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