2021 Research Excellence Framework results

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The results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework were released early this morning by the UK funding bodies. We are delighted to report that almost all aspects of our overall submission (96%) were deemed internationally excellent or above, with 61% considered world leading (4*).  The Times Higher Education has published rankings which place us first for ‘research power’ in English

It is a huge pleasure to see the quality and range of our research and creative writing in English recognised, and to be able to showcase and celebrate some of the many and various ways in which our research collaborations with people and communities beyond the university are creating cultural, social, and educational benefits.

Professor Marion Turner, Chair of the Faculty Board said: "Our excellent results are testament to the extraordinary creativity, innovation, and hard work of our Faculty members. Our Faculty fosters and encourages a wide range of work: our members publish books extending from scholarly editions to modern poetry, on topics ranging from biography to postcolonial poetics. We also work with schools, theatre companies, museums, medical professionals, and many other partners to harness the power of what literature can do in the world."

We are grateful to every member of the English Faculty who helped support the submission of our research to the REF, especially those who led or contributed to Impact Case Studies including Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor Bart van Es, Professor Fiona Stafford, Professor Matthew Reynolds, Professor Kate McLoughlin, Professor Elleke Boehmer, Professor Carolyne Larrington, Professor Daniel Wakelin and Professor Emma Smith.