Research and innovation

School celebrates success at REF 2021

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Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies

Access an extensive database of the history of Pinter’s work in the UK.

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Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture

Leeds to lead new survey of English dialects.

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Land Lines: British Nature Writing

Researching British nature writing from the late 18th century to the present day.

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Our research

Our staff and research students form a diverse and welcoming community united by a passion for knowledge and innovation. We blend research and practice, and explore an enormous range of areas including many interdisciplinary endeavours.

The breadth of our expertise, combined with our external partnerships and collaborations, means that the work we do has a real impact both in the UK and worldwide.

Research groups

The Environmental Humanities Research Group examines the relationships between human creativity, social life, and the nonhuman world.

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The Language Discourse and Society Research Group highlights the role of the English language in social processes and institutions, history, literary and cultural heritage and technology.

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The Medical Humanities Research Group studies the interaction between culture, medicine and health.

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The Postcolonial Research Group is an inclusive group of established and emerging scholars, whose work covers a wide range of topics relating to the globalised present and the colonial past.

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The Practice research group brings together researchers and practitioners interested in creative practice of various kinds.

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Textual histories research group

The Textual Histories Research Group brings together scholars engaged in textual studies, textual editing, and the history of the book

Research centres

The Centre for the Comparative History of Print explores print across cultures and time periods and brings together researchers from a range of specialisms including English, History, Philosophy and History of Art.

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An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures and Faculty of Medicine and Health. The Centre aims to drive forward the rapidly developing subject area of Medical Humanities and acts as a point of focus both for academic research and knowledge transfer/impact activities.

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Our Poetry Centre draws on the University's strength and heritage in creative writing, driving teaching and research in poetry. We are also committed to sharing talent and expertise in poetry through a programme of public readings, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.

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Other School research activity

School of English research that runs alongside the groups and centres.