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Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL)


The Centre for research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL) was established in 2014 as part of the Faculty’s new Humanities Research Centre (HRC) bringing together over 50 staff and research students from the Departments of English and Languages at the Manchester All Saints Campus, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at MMU Cheshire.


In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the English subject group at MMU was ranked 30th out of 89 departments in the UK with 78% of our research activities and outputs judged to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). The social and cultural impact of our research was rated 8th in the UK, with 100% of our activities in this area judged to be 4* (63.3%) and 3* (36.7%).


Research in CELL encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale. Alongside its community of internationally recognised researchers CELL is home to a lively postgraduate community, offering taught Masters courses and Research Degrees (PhD, MPhil and MA by Research).


For detailed information on staff research specialisms please refer to the individual staff profile. For detailed information on our current students’ research projects please refer to the individual student profile.


CELL is home to several specialist research groups:


The Director of the Centre is Dr Paul Wake.