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English Language and Literature

In REF 2021, we saw an increase in the percentage of our English research graded world-leading or internationally excellent in all three areas of assessment – research outputs, impact and research environment. We achieved a high grade point average (a measure of the average quality of research) of 3.07.  View full results here.    

Transforming the literary landscape: REF impact case study

REF results for arts and humanities panel

REF Unit of Assessment (click for full details) College Subjects World leading or internationally excellent research 4* 3* 2* 1* FTE equivalent
English Language and Literature (UoA 27) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Creative Writing, English 75.0% 32.0% 43.0% 25.0% 0.0% 22.5
Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies (UoA 33) College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Film, Games Design, Music, Theatre 65.0% 29.0% 36.0% 26.0% 9.0% 26.0
English Language and Literature (UoA 27) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 32.0% 43.0% 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 35.7% 39.3% 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 33.3% 33.4% 33.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 12.5% 77.5% 10.0% 0.0% 0.0%
90% of research environment in English Language and Literature at Brunel was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent

Transforming the literary landscape

Brunel English academics had collectively changed their industry, making it more inclusive, more diverse and more reflective of 21st century Britain. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more

Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies (UoA 33) 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Overall 29.0% 36.0% 26.0% 9.0% 0.0%
Output (65%) 35.4% 30.8% 26.1% 7.7% 0.0%
Impact (20%) 0.0% 50.0% 33.3% 16.7% 0.0%
Environment (15%) 55.0% 32.5% 12.5% 0.0% 0.0%
65% of research in Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies at Brunel is world-leading or internationally excellent

Putting working class actors centre stage

Award-winning documentary The Acting Class spotlights the class divide in the creative industries focussing on the barriers for young working class actors. - Example of REF 2021 Case Study Read more