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Faculty of Humanities

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Research in Humanities

Home to around 1,000 academics and research staff, and more than 1,000 postgraduate research students, our Faculty has a reputation for the quality and impact of its research work.

Our vision is to deliver world-class research by providing an environment and infrastructure that attracts, develops and rewards leading researchers. Our research addresses important questions, including the major societal challenges which transcend disciplinary boundaries.

We endeavour to provide the resources, including protecting academic freedom, to enable researchers at all career stages to break new ground, work across interdisciplinary boundaries where appropriate, and develop from being excellent to being among world-leaders.

Alongside academic impact, we strive for cultural, economic or social impact. This is through engagement, debate and knowledge exchange with governments and organisations in the private, public and charitable sectors in international, national and regional arenas.

Key facts and figures

  • 78% of our research is judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Our ten flagship institutes collaborate with universities and organisations to reduce global inequalities.
  • We provide world-class training, supervision and facilities for more than 1,000 postgraduate researchers from more than 90 countries.
  • We provide expert supervision from more than 750 active researchers across 35 subject areas.
  • We invest more than £6million each year to support our postgraduate researchers.