As a multidisciplinary school, the School of European Culture and Languages hosts an active community of researchers that crosses linguistic, geographic and disciplinary boundaries.

The School’s six departments all produce excellent research in their subject areas. You can discover more about their work on their individual research pages:

We encourage interdisciplinary research within the School through the six research centres we host, each of which offers a lively programme of seminars, guest lectures, workshops and conferences. We also work with colleagues across the University and around the world.

World-leading experts

Our international lecturers are highly respected in their fields. Their research places them at the forefront of contemporary debates and leads to a dynamic atmosphere within the School.

Professor Ben Hutchinson, blue jacket and grey scarf

To read is to compare

Professor Ben Hutchinson places comparative literature at the heart of literary studies

research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School’s submissions received high scores for research impact, demonstrating the importance of our research to the wider world.

Our research: Making a difference

As a multidisciplinary school, our REF submissions comprise four areas of research: Classics and Archaeology; Modern Languages and Linguistics; Philosophy; and Religious Studies. Our research projects have informed major political bodies, including the UK Government and the United Nations. Our staff regularly organise high-profile exhibitions, contribute to the press, and publish in high-quality journals and university presses.

Our staff have won research awards from a range of prestigious funding bodies, including the:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • British Academy
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Wellcome Trust
  • John Templeton Foundation. 

Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.