The largest of the three faculties in the University, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) contains a wide range of disciplines with a track record of excellence in research, including Biology, Business & Management, Computer Science, Creative Writing, English, Geography, History, Law & Criminology, Media, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, and Sport & Physical Activity.
The Institute for Public Policy & Professional Practice (I4P) and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) both of which are located within FAS, reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and practice based research. The Faculty is also home to a number of research centres:
- Centre for Data and Complex Systems (CDCS)
Based in the Department of Computer Science, the CDCS supports the development of an environment of international excellence in the areas of computer and data science with a particular emphasis on data analytics, data representation and visualisation; interoperable and interconnected distributed technologies and infrastructures; future internet, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoTs) and disruptive technologies, and information and cybersecurity..
- Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS)
CfHAS promotes the study of the complex material, ethical and symbolic relationships between humans and other animals.
- Centre for Sports Law Research (CSLR)
Based in the Department of Law and Criminology, the centre has been highly influential in shaping UK and EU sports law and policy through the provision of expert advice and research services to organizations including the House of Lords, the European Commission, the European Parliament, national governments and sports organizations and sports stakeholders.
- Centre for Data Science STEM Research
The centre is a forum for shared thinking and interdisciplinary work, blending the expertise from the Biology, Computer Science and Geography departments, with particular emphasis on data science approaches.
The commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and the breadth of research interests within the Faculty are further evidenced by a rich and diverse variety of research groups, including:
- Arts and Well Being
- Children and Young People
- Cognitive Science
- Environmental Processes and Change
- Ethnicity, Race and Racism
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health and Social Issues
- Invertebrate Ecology
- Legal Research
- Performance and Public Engagement
- Physical Activity and Health
- Social Justice, Rights and Social Change
- Social Science of Sport and Physical Activity
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Sports Injuries
The faculty has a burgeoning postgraduate research community at both MRes and PhD level, as well as an extensive portfolio of taught provision at Masters level. The annual Edge Hill Short Story Competition, which champions work by both students and established authors, is now a major event in the literary calendar.
Professor Kevern Verney, Associate Dean (Research)