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Research impact

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the School of English ranked first in Scotland and sixth in the UK for research in the field of English language and literature. 86% of the School's research has been rated as world leading and internationally excellent.

Featured research projects

The Virginia Woolf & Music project explores the role of music in the lives of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

Date 1 March 2018
Category Case study

Sara Lodge has created a new resource exploring poet Edward Lear's musical world

Date 24 April 2019
Category Project

Zinnie Harris’ new plays and her adaptations of canonical drama provide exciting contemporary roles for women

Date 29 April 2019
Category Case study

Oliver Emanuel’s The 306 Trilogy sought to question the national conversation about memory and notions of ‘heroism’ and ‘cowardice’

Date 10 May 2019
Category Project

Extensive editorial and biographical research on the work of Virginia Woolf by Susan Sellers

Date 30 September 2014
Category News

Don Paterson drew on his working knowledge of the sonnet form as a practicing poet to write Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Date 1 February 2017
Category Project

Further projects

“Seamus Heaney’s Five Fables” iPad app

Dr Chris Jones and Dr Ian Johnson collaborated with Flickerpix Animations and Touch Press on an app about Seamus Heaney’s translation of Five Fables


Poet Robert Crawford and photographer Norman McBeath partner to celebrate the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light.

Featured research projects

Featured research projects from the School of English.

The Philisophical Life

A research project led by Dr James Harris and Dr Tom Jones, and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Land Lines: British Nature Writing, 1789-2014

A research project exploring British nature writing from the late 18th century to the present involving Dr Christina Alt.

Hardy and the Boer War

A guide to the events that inspired Drummer Hodge among other works by Thomas Hardy written by Phillip Mallett.

The Victorian City

Research into the structure of 19th century cities as portrayed in literature, written by Phillip Mallett.