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English and Creative Writing – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on English and Creative Writing projects are normally housed in the Department of English and Creative Arts.

In REF2021, the results for English scored 75% of outputs as internationally excellent or world leading, and that quality is manifest not only in teaching but also in collaborations with external partners through events, exhibitions, performances, and readings. We are keen to develop that public-facing work further and build on active partnerships with a range of cultural organisations, including the Atkinson Gallery, Southport, Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Shakespeare North Playhouse. Research in English embraces creative writing and practice, linguistics, and literary studies, as well as broader cultural fields. Our research interests include: adaptation studies, bilingualism, child language development, children’s literature, corpus and historical linguistics, creative-critical writing, language change, language learning, language contact, literary fiction, modern and contemporary literature, nineteenth-century studies, poetry and poetics, theatre writing and practice, writing for social change, and women’s writing.

The department is home to:

We also work closely with:

The department hosts a range of events including the annual Critical Studies in Television Conference, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, ICR Conference, a biannual Human Animal Studies Conference, and the annual Symposium on Corpus Approaches to Lexicogrammar, and we have research seminar series that run each semester. GTAs are encouraged to join one of the research groups or centres and there are opportunities throughout the year to get involved with our conferences and seminar series. Postgraduate researchers are supervised by experienced academics, and we have an excellent record of GTAs securing academic positions after completing their PhDs.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below. All postgraduate researchers will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to English language, literature and creative writing to Professor Claire Parkinson, Graduate School research degree contact for English, stating your specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list below.

Research themes

Centre for Human Animal Studies

  • Animals in literature, media, film and/or television
  • Animal performance, animal stars, animal celebrity
  • Multispecies storytelling
  • Climate change in literature, language, and creative writing

Corpus Research Group

  • Corpus approaches to theoretical and applied linguistics
  • Corpus compilation
  • Corpus tools
  • Corpus-based methodology (annotation, statistics, metrics)
  • Corpus-based studies on grammar, lexicogrammar, or discourse (particularly media discourses)

Culture, Power and Inclusion Research Group

  • Politics of popular culture
  • Media, migration and diaspora
  • Film, history and memory
  • Arts, health and wellbeing
  • Arts activism and advocacy
  • Postcolonial, civic and political theatres
  • Climate crisis and the arts
  • Environmental theatre and sustainability
  • Creative Writing and Aesthetics
  • Theatre, Literature and Psychological Perspectives

EHU Nineteen

  • Romantic Studies including women’s writing, gothic fiction, and children’s literature
  • Nineteenth Century Studies, including gender theory, popular culture, and reception studies
  • Neo-Victorianism and other adaptations of the long nineteenth century from the period itself to the present day
  • Nineteenth-century animal welfare, antivivisection, activism
  • Animals, sentiment and/or anthropomorphism in nineteenth century culture
  • Nineteenth century animal legislation

Television Studies Research Group

  • Contemporary television genres and textual analysis
  • Transnationalism, regionalism and localism
  • Comedy
  • Masculinities
  • Serial drama

Linguistic Research Group

  • English historical linguistics, especially historical pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics, historical semantics, historical text linguistics and historical corpus linguistics
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Lexicogrammar, with a theoretical, pedagogical, or typological focus;
  • Bilingualism, L2 English learners and foreign language learning, including language learning and the creative arts
  • Language contact, description, endangerment and documentation
  • Linguistic typology
  • (Critical) Discourse Studies (employing corpus-based techniques);
  • Sociolinguistic foci such as identity, gender and sexuality, asylum / immigration, religion, and politics
  • Digital language practices

Narrative Research Group

  • Fiction in both short and long form
  • Practice and theory of fiction writing

Practice Research Group

  • Practice-based research including theatre, performance, and other creative activities

Researchers in English and Creative Writing are also interested in supervising projects focusing on literature, language, and creative writing and practice falling under Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing‘s remit, for example:

  • Research on performance
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing for artists and audiences
  • Community and workplace projects