Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

English research success at Brookes

Friday, 06 February 2015


In the recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014) exercise, our research in English Literature and Language at Oxford Brookes was a stand-out success story.

The REF results confirm that an astounding 84% of English research at Brookes is judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The impact of all English research projects was judged to be ‘internationally excellent’. Furthermore, English was the highest graded subject area of research at Brookes. In the Guardian’s calculations of the REF results, English at Brookes came 10th in the UK for research quality.

Professor Simon Kövesi, Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages, said: “The English REF result has confirmed the hard work, intellectual strength and collaborative efforts of colleagues in our Department, across a sustained period. My colleagues have worked so very hard, and have produced many fabulous publications. Alongside our recent English subject Guardian league table rating, the REF result confirms that we are among the very best English literature teams in the country.”

The English research profile includes the research of two colleagues in Publishing, Dr Caroline Davis and Dr Jane Potter. For the first time, Brookes also included the work of its creative writers – Fellow Kate Clanchy, lecturers Tobias Hill and Nikita Lalwani, and Reader Dr James Hawes.

Dr Eóin Flannery, Research Lead for English and Modern Languages, said “We are very pleased by the recent success and are committed to maintaining our high levels of achievement. But as our excellent impact case studies illustrate, we are just as keen on translating our academic research into inclusive, socially-engaged, cultural projects. These projects are, in part, underpinned by the critical and creative research produced by the Brookes Poetry Centre.”

Professor Simon Kövesi added, “The excellent results are good news for our students. Our BA, MA and PhD students directly benefit from our research in really tangible ways. The way we’ve set up our degrees means academics are afforded space to do research-based experimentation in the classroom, which is then used productively in research and subsequent publications. Given the buzz in our department, the future looks great.”

You can find out more about our publications and research projects via the online staff profiles.