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We are strongly committed to research across our three main areas of activity: literature, linguistics, and creative writing. All staff are active in research, and we pride ourselves on delivering research-informed teaching across all of our programmes. Several members of our staff have won funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and our eighteenth century group has been involved in two major Leverhulme-funded research projects, 'Before Depression' (2006-2009) - a three-year investigation of the experience and representation of depression in the eighteenth century - and 'Fashionable Diseases' (2013-2016), which looks into links between illness and the notion of fashionability.

English Literature, Linguistics & Creative Writing has been invigorated by the appointment of 30 highly research active staff over the last few years, and this has led to a significant growth in the range of our research interests and activities. Please visit the staff members' profile pages in Literature, Linguistics and Creative Writing for details on individual staff research activities. At a collaborative level, research is organized within five research groups. Please visit the research group pages for further details.

Our research groups also highlight our areas of PhD supervision expertise. This ranges from creative writing, Renaissance literature onwards including American and other literatures in English, as well as selective aspects of language study, including cognitive linguistics. We also particularly welcome enquiries for PhDs in the area of Literary Heritage Studies, linked to out Doctoral Training Consortium funded by the AHRC. For further details of our opportunities, please visit the research group pages, our PG research pages, or contact Dr Leigh Wetherall-Dickson.