School staff continue a distinguished tradition of research in Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle. The first Chair of English was established in the College of Physical Sciences at Newcastle in 1898 (known since 1909 as the Joseph Cowen Chair). A separate Chair in English Language was founded in 1964. Following in the tradition of such eminent scholars as Ernst Honigmann and Barbara Strang, staff continue to produce world-leading research in traditional areas of literary and linguistic studies. But colleagues have also been at the forefront of the development of new research fields, including creative writing, postcolonial literature, children's literature, film, and the origins of language.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed  the quality of research in the school and the results are published now.

In the previous Research Assessment Exercise (2008) all sections of the School did well. In English Literature and Creative Writing, 70% of our research was rated as either 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). The School is thus currently ranked joint 5th out of 87 English departments in the UK. (UoA 57: 'Literature and Language'. For more detail see here.) In Linguistics (UoA 58), 80% of research was classified as 'world-leading', 'internationally excellent' or 'recognised internationally'. (For more detail see here.)

Our research appears in many forms: scholarly editions and monographs, scripts, novels and poetry collections, films and exhibitions. We are committed to communicating our work as widely as possible, especially to audiences outside universities. And we are determined to ensure that, in addition to students and academics, our research has an impact on all sorts of people and organisations, including cultural institutions and policy makers, and indeed anyone interested in literature and language.

There is expertise in the School on a great many aspects of literature and language, from the Icelandic sagas to linguistic theory, from language acquisition to contemporary film, and from Tyneside dialect to the modern Indian novel. But our research is united by three core aims:

  • to cement and enhance our tradition of excellent critical, historical, theoretical and creative scholarship across a full range of periods, genres and linguistic research areas;
  • to expand and deepen our research in certain key areas of particular distinction, especially in new and developing fields in which we are contributing to the shaping of the discipline;
  • to initiate and sustain research collaborations with regional, national and international partners, particularly with regard to the use and development of archival sources for our research.

More detail on our research can be found by following the links to our principal subject areas: Literature, Creative Writing, and Language and Linguistics.