Research informed teaching
The School’s taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses benefit from our vibrant research culture, constantly refreshed with insights from our ongoing research activities.
Through our active engagement with a range of local, national and international organisations, we are able to maximise opportunities for students to undertake research on ‘real-life’ issues, enabling our students to critically reflect on the broad disciplines of humanities and social sciences.
Undergraduate students are introduced to discipline-relevant research methods and opportunities are available to put these methods into practice. For example, our history undergraduates have plenty of opportunities to work ‘hands on’ with primary historical sources, and to do real research work which will contribute to History team’s active research projects.
A thriving postgraduate culture
The School supports two Units of Assessments. English Language and Literature (UoA57) and History (UoA 62), entered into the Research Assessment Exercises in 2008 and 2001, and a further unit of assessment in social work, social policy and social administration [UoA 22] is proposed in 2013.
In English 5% of projects submitted into the RAE 2008 received a 4* rating (quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour), while 25% received a 3* rating (quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence).
In History, 15% received a 3* rating while 65% received a 2* rating (quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour).