School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Our Research


History and reputation

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, our staff continue to produce world-leading research in traditional areas of literary and linguistic studies.

They have also been at the forefront of the development of new research fields, including:

  • creative writing
  • postcolonial literature
  • children's literature
  • film
  • the origins of language

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and ranked it 1st in the UK for Research Impact and 3rd overall

More than 50% of English Language and Literature's work was deemed to be 'world-leading'. 

To find out more about how the School performed during the last REF assessment, head to the REF 2014 section