School of English

Faculty Research

Research Support Funding
External Funding

Faculty are encouraged to bid for grants to support and further their research and the School has a dedicated Research Development Officer, Ilona Bowyer ( who is on hand to provide advice and information on the grant application procedure. The School of English has a process for grant applications, the initial stage of which is to complete an Intention to Apply (ITA) Form and send it to Ilona, so that she can assess your proposed project and offer support from the outset. We encourage all faculty to join Research Professional, which can be tailored to show funding opportuntities specifically related to your research expertise.

Internal Funding:

The School of English has a small amount of funding available to support faculty in their research, if external funding is not available. Applications for funding can be submitted thoughout the year, and are considered by the School Research Committee at its twice-termly meetings. When allocating funds, research outputs will be taken into consideration, i.e., publications arising from attendance at a workshop/conference.

Further information on the allocation of Research Support Funds can be found in the School of English Guidelines for Research Support Funding.

To apply for School Research Support Funds, complete a Research Support Application Form and return to the Research and Enterprise Coordinator, Laura Vellacott (

There are also some central internal funds available that are worth looking into. 

Travel and attending conferences and events:
  • The University requests that all staff use Key Travel for overseas travel bookings. Once you have the flight quote email the details to and the School Office will make the booking for you. 
  • Reclaim other research related costs via Unit 4
  • Travel Insurance form - complete this online at least 10 days before trip to ensure you are insured.
Research Leave

Faculty are able to apply for one term's School funded research leave after 9 consecutive terms of service, although leave cannnot be guaranteed. Please see the Guidelines on the Allocation of Research Leave for further information. The Research and Enterprise Coordinator will send out application forms for research leave early in the Autumn Term each year.

Research Ethics Approval

The University of Sussex is committed to promoting and upholding the highest quality academic and ethical standards in all its activities. A university-wide Research Governance Framework has been established to ensure that ethical review procedures reflect best practice with regard to ethical considerations in research, meet legislative, regulatory and funder requirements, and safeguard the reputation of the University.

Under the framework, ethical governance of research undertaken in the School English is overseen by the Social Sciences and Arts Cross-school Research Ethics Committee (SSARTS C-REC).

The main reasons why an English research project might need ethical review are that it involves interviews of any kind, or includes the use of personal data such as diaries and letters where living people are implicated or affected in some way.

If you are unsure whether your research requires ethical review then please use the five-point self-assessment checklistto determine whether it does. If you answer 'Yes' to any of the questions you should complete an ethical review application via Sussex Direct - login, go to the 'Research' tab and then select 'Ethical Review'. 

The page entitled How to apply for research ethics review provides University templates for the necessary Participant Information and Consent forms.

Guidance for student ethical review processes can be found here 

All projects for C-REC review must be submitted through the online ethical review application system via Sussex Direct. Submissions must be received by the Social Sciences and Arts C-REC by the 20th of the month during which they are to be reviewed; a response can be expected by the 20th of the following month.

If you have any questions, please email