The University of Leicester is a leading research-intensive University and, accordingly, internationally renowned research is conducted in all of the departments and centres in the College of Arts, Humanities and Law. This has been recognised in successive Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). In the 2008 RAE, the University’s performance took it into the top twenty UK universities for overall research strength: 93% of all our academics are fully research-active while 87% are producing internationally significant research.
Within the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, the School of Museum Studies has the greatest cluster of world-leading researchers of any department, on any subject, in any university, anywhere in the UK.
Research in this College is a mix of, on the one hand, individual research - typically leading to the 'gold standard' of important monographs and articles in top journals - and on the other hand, some startling collaborative research.
Increasingly, departments are engaged in inter-disciplinary research, frequently crossing departmental boundaries and often focussed on one of the leading research centres in the College. These include the Centres for European Law and Integration, English Local History, Urban History and Victorian Studies, and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries. A notable example of collaborative research is the £1.3m Leverhulme-funded 'Tracing Networks' project, involving the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, the School of Museum Studies and (in the College of Science and Engineering) the Department of Computer Science.
At one end of the spectrum of research, then, academics successfully target the leading presses and journals for their research, and the research pages of individual departments will list the key publications by their researchers. At the other end of a surprisingly wide spectrum, a Science and Humanities group now meets regularly to explore new opportunities for cross-disciplinary research.
Importantly, research also embraces the supervision of PhD students, who play a vital role in the College’s culture.
Departmental research sites
- School of Archaeology and Ancient History
- School of English
- School of History
- Department of History of Art and Film
- School of Law
- School of Modern Languages
- School of Museum Studies
The 2011/2012 Guide to Researcher Development Training is now fully live at:
This now includes details of all College programmes. The Guide includes details of central training programmes and events as well as links to online University and external resources. There are also templates that PGRs can download and use for their training plan/training record.