Our department has a vibrant and active research culture. In the last Research Excellence Framework all of the publications submitted by our staff were rated as being of either international or national value, with more than 80% of our work regarded as being either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’ The department has been ranked 4th in London for the quality of its research and is in the top three performing departments for research across the University.

New Developments

Wide Acclaim for Recent Books

Dr Mary Shannon has won the 2016 Colby prize for her book Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street; The Print Culture of a Victorian Street. A video of Mary's 2016 Colby Lecture can be found here.

Professor Zachary Leader's biography of Saul Bellow has been named as 'Literature Book of the Year' by the Sunday Times (29 November 2015), and it was also listed by Andrew Marr in the New Statesman (21 November 2015) as his book of the year.

In The Guardian (29 November 2015), Maggie Gee has identified a short story by Senior Lecturer Leone Ross as "stunning" new writing. Her story, "The Mullerian Eminence", is part of a new collection, Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (Peepal Tree Press), edited by Jacob Ross.

The "Poets Reading" of the new Autumn 2015 issue of Poetry Review contains a review essay on Jeff Hilson's poetry by Next Generation poet Mark Waldron. Also, a new academic book, Modernist Legacies: Trends and Faultlines in British Poetry Today has an essay on Jeff's work, "The Atypicality of Jeff Hilson: Metrical Language and Modernist Pleasure". 


Dr Andy Kesson has been successful in his bid to the AHRC to fund 'Before Shakespeare: The Beginnings of London Commercial Theatre’. In this bid, Andy will work with the Globe and various theatre companies. The amount bid for was just under £250k and will bring a funded postdoc and PhD studentship into the department.


The University of Roehampton is pleased to invite you to apply for TECHNE-funded doctoral scholarships. For more information on the 2015 application round please click here. We are interested to hear from potential students interested in applying for a scholarship in collaboration with the English & Creative Writing Department. We can offer supervision in a range of specialist research areas, including Literature and Science, Romanticism, children's literature as well as current research on reading and memory. More information about our research groups is available below and the individual research interests of staff is available via the STAFF tab above. Please send a short summary document on your proposed project (500 words), and details of your qualifications to I.Haywood@roehampton.ac.uk as soon as possible. The deadline for expressions of interest is 1st December 2015. By this date you should have contacted Professor Haywood and discussed what supervision is available and your eligibility. The deadline for formal applications to this year's competition is 7th February 2016.


Centre for Research in Romanticism

The aim of this Centre is to provide a focus for research in the area of Romantic and 18th Century literature and culture.

The National Centre for Research in Children's Literature

"NCRCL is rightly regarded as the premier institution for children's literature research in Britain", Prof E.O’Sullivan

The Roehampton Poetry Centre

Taking its place at the forefront of the UK poetry scene, offering prizes, readings, masterclasses, research and exchange opportunities.

Publishing and Book History

PBH brings together scholars interested in illustration and the material practices of publishing.

Memory, Reading and Writing

Members of this research group investigate how memory affects us as readers, writers and storytellers.

Literature and Science

This research group explores the ever changing relationships between literature and science from the 17th to the 21st century.

Popular Literature and Culture

The Research Group incorporates research in the field of popular literature and culture studies and cultural theory.