English at LJMU is delighted with its performance in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2014. In this national audit of research quality, 68% of our work was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Within the University, English is now the third strongest area in research activity and 5th for the subject in the North West. We are ranked 38th out of 74 institutions in England for the subject. LJMU has also moved up 19 places in research quality ranking, from 81st in the UK in RAE 2008 to 62nd for REF 2014 (THES). Professor Glenda Norquay, REF Co-ordinator for English, commented: ‘We are very pleased with this result. We have significantly moved up the league tables for our subject and as a university and are delighted with this external recognition of the exciting scholarship that takes place at LJMU. The fact that 50% of our ‘impact’ was awarded a ‘world-leading’ rating also indicates the reach of our engagement with a wider public. New postgraduate opportunities and new appointments in English within the past year indicate our potential for further growth.’

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