Overview of research in the department

Research undertaken by staff in the department is characterised by collaboration and inter-disciplinarity. Our research reaches across several areas, from historical language studies through English literature to creative writing; from visual culture through museums and galleries to urban cultures; and from creole linguistics through literary stylistics to phonetics. We host a number of regular research seminars and several major conferences each year.

English at Westminster was ranked 28th out of 89 departments in the Government's REF 2014 assessment of research activity in the UK, with 79% of our research judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Staff members, as well as publishing in their fields of expertise, are also active on the editorial boards of national and international journals, and in subject professional bodies. We are regularly invited to speak at conferences and colloquia at home and overseas, and our community is enriched by our visiting resident professors, mostly recently Professor Lennard J Davis of the University of Illinois, Chicago, Professor Allan Stoekl from Penn State and Professor Peter Cornwell from the media company blipcreative. We have also welcomed a number of international visiting junior research fellows.

The department has long-standing partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, and over the 20 years of its existence has seen many enjoyable and successful collaborative events, internships, conferences and staff exchanges.

PhD students are valued colleagues in our research community, and their work reflects the diversity of the work of the whole department.

Broadly, our work is grouped in the following areas:

Two active research institutes are also based in the department:

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Research degrees

We offer a diverse and highly regarded research degree programme reinforced by our Graduate School.

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Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Westminster is home to our doctoral researchers.