Staff in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies pursue individual, collaborative and multidisciplinary research, covering, among others, the fields of language, literature, history, politics, economics, sociology, cultural studies, film and media studies, linguistics and translation studies. Underpinning our research is the appreciation of the key importance of language as a human institution and the intellectual, educational, and social value of its study.

REF 2014

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is pleased to announce our results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School submitted to two Units of Assessment: Classics, and Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Modern Languages and Linguistics are ranked fourth in the UK for research power, where our research quality ratings have been multiplied by the size of our department. 69% of our submission was judged to be “internationally excellent” (3*) or “world-leading” (4*), and 100% of our research environment was rated at 3* and 4*, with 70% judged to be world-leading. This reflects our extremely active and successful research activities, including our work with and support for postgraduate students. In assessing the impact of our research beyond the academy, the REF panel judged the vast majority of our work to be either world-leading or internationally excellent (see below for some examples of our work in this area). 

74% of our submission for Classics was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading, with 90% of our research environment rated at 3* or 4*. All of our impact activity in Classics was rated as being internationally excellent (see below for an example of our work in this area).

Overall, the University of Leeds was ranked tenth nationally for its research power. More information on the University’s REF 2014 results are available here.

The impact of our research

Please see below for an example of the impact case studies that we submitted to REF 2014. This represents just a sample of the work that we do and our impact on the world outside academia. More examples to follow soon.

Recognition of excellence

Our work has been recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council as having achieved national and international excellence in a series of assessment exercises. Further recognition takes the form of the esteem in which our scholars are held around the world, together with the many awards and grants they have received - as individuals and in teams or for their postgraduate and postdoctoral students - from funding bodies and other institutions. Thus we have had notable success across a spectrum of research activities in the open competitions held by, for example, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, the Modern Humanities Research Association, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. We also enjoy the backing of a number of overseas EU-/government-sponsored organisations, including the Japan Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

More information

Use the links on the left of this page to find out more about ongoing research activities in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies; for example, about our research groups and centres, or about ongoing projects. Alternatively, navigate to the research pages of our individual subject areas using the links below:

Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies | Classics | East Asian StudiesFrench German Italian Linguistics and PhoneticsRussian and Slavonic StudiesSpanish, Portuguese and Latin American StudiesTranslation StudiesWorld Cinemas and Digital Cultures