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English Language and Literature Research (UoA27)

English Language and Literature Research (UoA27)

Who we are

Literature and Creative Writing (UoA27) is part of Newcastle University's School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics. The School has a long and prestigious history, and each year we attract excellent visiting researchers from around the world.

Our researchers

We are submitting 46.9 colleagues to REF2021. As well as research staff, the department also includes over 60 postgraduate students and 24 postdoctoral researchers.

Award-winning lliterature and creative writing research

Our researchers have produced an extraordinary body of work, ranging from medieval literature to contemporary works. We lead in areas including:

Cross-disciplinary research initiatives

We welcome opportunities for interdisciplinary literature and creative writing research. We lead on the following Faculty research groups:

We also contribute to the University’s Centres for Heritage and for Data.

Literature and creative writing research funding

We received substantial external funding in the period from 2014 to 2020. This came from a broad range of funders, including major UKRI-funded collaborations such as:

Research partnerships

We work in partnership with a variety of organisations outside the University. Through these partnerships, we aim to generate major societal, economic, and cultural benefits for our region and the wider world. These partnerships also provide us with access to unique and world-renowned resources and literary collections.

Part of our work focuses on having an impact in the North of England. Regional partners include:

In addition to this, we collaborate with partners around the world. We also collaborate nationally and internationally with, for example:

These partnerships significantly enhance our postgraduate culture.

Examples of our collaborative work

Seven Stories

Our partnership with Seven Stories gained recognition in 2015 through the Vital North Partnership. This is a strategic collaboration funded by Arts Council England and the University.

The partnership has enabled Seven Stories to establish itself as a national and international leader in children’s literary heritage.

Bloodaxe Books

Our partnership with Bloodaxe Books has played a key role in diversifying their list of BAME poets. The most notable example of this was the publication of The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King (2017).

This is a ground-breaking transatlantic anthology of BAME writers. It was co-edited by NCLA poets Jackie Kay and Carolyn Forché.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity. Our aim is to create a supportive working environment for everyone. We:

  • were the first School of English to hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award
  • are currently diversifying our curriculum
  • have recently introduced a BME scholarship
  • subscribe to the University’s Racial Equality Charter

Research case studies

Find out more

Discover more about the School of English and our award-winning literary research here: