English Research Group

Research with impact

The positive impact of research in English at Teesside has been affirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 80% of research impact activity rated as internationally excellent.

A distinctive feature of research in English at Teesside is its focus on literature and culture as agents of social and cultural change. Researchers have worked with a range of audiences, including:

  • Pupils, students and teachers in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education
  • Established and emerging creative writers
  • Audiences for literary events, workshops and festivals
  • Users of services designed to promote public health, well-being and social inclusion.

Research activities in English have enabled us to:

  • Produce print and online learning resources for a range of audiences
  • Provide professional development for teachers, writers and health practitioners
  • Promote public engagement with the arts
  • Perform and publish original creative work, commissioned by charities and public sector bodies.

Developing the Teaching of Creative Writing

Recent years have seen the dramatic expansion of Creative Writing as an academic discipline in University and School curricula; the number of UK Universities offering undergraduate programmes in Creative Writing has more than doubled since 2003 and the first Creative Writing A Level award was launched in 2013.

Researchers in English at Teesside have played a significant role in effecting this change, through activities including publication, consultation and professional leadership:

  • Developing new conceptual frameworks and innovative methodologies for the teaching of Creative Writing in English Literature University curricula within the UK and beyond
  • Devising and disseminating innovative models of professional development for teachers of English Literature and Creative Writing in Further and Higher Education
  • Informing the development of new national UK frameworks for the teaching of Creative Writing in Schools and University, including the development of new A Level specifications.

Muslims Writing Britain

Since the events of 11 September 2001, Muslims have been placed at the centre of national and global debates about modernity, citizenship and multiculturalism. Research in English at Teesside has served to foster and inform public debate about the representation of British Muslims in contemporary culture:

  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the historic contribution of South Asians to British life and culture
  • Bringing new audiences and readers to the work of contemporary writers of Muslim heritage.

This research has reached a range of audiences within the region and beyond through publication in print and online, consultation, public talks, touring exhibitions, writers panels at literary festivals and educational visits to schools.

To find out more about research in English please contact Dr Rachel Carroll .