School of English


English at Sussex has been internationally renowned for its research since the founding of the University in the 1960s. Whether at the cutting edge of critical theory, pioneering interdisciplinary approaches, or challenging assumptions about language, performance and the canon, faculty in English have been at the forefront of every major development that has shaped the subject over the past half century.

This commitment to world-leading research remains as prominent today as it has ever been in our illustrious history. We pride ourselves on the research-led nature of our teaching, and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading overall. Our research environment was assessed at 90% ‘world leading.’ 

Housing six celebrated Research Centres, over fifty faculty and almost 100 PhD students, the School of English is a hub of research activity, encompassing every facet of the field.

Faculty expertise

Our faculty are experts across a multitude of disciplines across the humanities and beyond. Visit our Faculty Expertise page to find out more.

Our partners

We have long-established links with external partners, including the British Library, Charleston Literary Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Globe Theatre and many other arts organisations throughout the South East.


Sussex is the lead institution of CHASE - the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England - which brings together 9 institutions into an AHRC funded doctoral training partnership. As well as funding up to 75 studentships annually for home and EU students, CHASE offers a wide array of training and development programmes that are open to all Sussex doctoral students, regardless of funding.


The quality of our faculty research is shown by the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which 84% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading overall. The vitality and sustainability of our research environment also received a score of 90%. These scores are among the highest in the UK.

At the Sussex School of English, you will be taught by world-renowned researchers, and will be supported by an intellectual community that encourages in-depth knowledge, creativity, and ambition.

See the full REF results for the School of English.

See the full REF results for English Language and Literature.