Humanities Research Institute



Our greatest asset is the excellence of humanities researchers working at Newcastle

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Areas of particular strength at Newcastle that fall within NUHRI’s remit include: 

  • architecture and planning
  • art history
  • cultural geography and politics
  • education
  • English literature, language and linguistics
  • film and media studies
  • history, classics and archaeology
  • law
  • museum and heritage studies
  • music
  • philosophy

This is not an exhaustive list. Newcastle University also has substantial strengths and aspirations in newer, cross-disciplinary fields such as Digital Humanities and Medical Humanities.

Within the University’s research structures, NUHRI sits alongside the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science’s two other research institutes, the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NICAP) and the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal (NISR). We seek to engage and collaborate with these institutes, and with other research centres and research groups across the University.

Our institute is primarily virtual, and our staff are distributed across campus.


Matthew is based in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics in the Percy Building.

Professor Matthew Grenby
Professor of 18th-Century Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6182

Institute Administrators

Clare and Sheila are based in the HaSS Faculty Office in the Daysh Building.

Clare Graham
Research & Impact Support Officer, HaSS Faculty

Telephone: +44 191 208 5807

Research Fellows

Emma is based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in the Architecture Building. Jo is based in the School of Arts and Cultures in the Armstrong Building.

Dr Emma Cheatle
Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5014 ext 85014

Dr Jonathan Hicks
Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 82650

Digital Humanities

Richard is based in Culture Lab.

Professor Richard Clay
Professor of Digital Cultures


Vital North Partnership

Rachel is primarily based in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics in the Percy Building. She spends some days working at Seven Stories.

Rachel Pattinson
Vital North Partnership Manager