Manchester Metropolitan University

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).

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the English subject group at Manchester Met 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 Areas

Centre Contacts


Centre Head: 
Professor Antony Rowland

More information on staff from CELL can be found on the Department of EnglishLanguages, Linguistics & TESOL and Department of Interdisciplinary Studies websites.

Our Departments, Projects and Groups

Department of English

Department Head

The Department English has research expertise in literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics, creative geographies.

Group Contacts

Email hlss2@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0)161 247 1731

Website mmu.ac.uk/english

Languages Linguistics & TESOL

Department Head

The academic interests of our researchers in Languages Linguistics & TESOL straddle a wide range of disciplines including film and literature, culture and linguistics, extending beyond Europe to the French- and Spanish-speaking people worldwide.s.

Group Contacts

Email hlss2@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0)161 247 1731

Website mmu.ac.uk/languages

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Staff have a range of research interests both within their specific disciplines as well as offering interdisciplinary insights into certain research topics.

Film Languages and Media in Education (FLAME)

FLAME is a pioneering research group established in 2013 and dedicated to the development of research and knowledge exchange in the areas of Pedagogy, Languages, Film and Media. We host a comprehensive programme of high quality interdisciplinary activities including national and international symposia, teacher training sessions, film screenings and conferences. The FLAME research cluster includes an expansive network of international research associates, affiliated members and institutions working in partnership to further research into multimodal approaches to teaching and effective use of films, media, visual literacies and audio-visual material in the language classroom.

Group Contacts

Email flame@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 3920

Twitter @FLAMEresearch

Website: FLAME Research Group

Sociolinguistics

Academic Lead

Our current focus within sociolinguistics is on the relationships between language variation (e.g. accents and dialects) and identity. We are interested in the ways in which individuals and groups of people use similarities and differences in the way they speak in order to perform, negotiate, and maintain particular identities. We are also interested in the ways these different ways of speaking are perceived by others.

Group Contacts

Website www.mmu.ac.uk/languages/research/linguistics

Centre for Applied Pragmatics and Forensic Linguistics

The Centre for Applied Pragmatics and Forensic Linguistics was established in 2016, and brings together a team of internationally recognised researchers who are interested in effecting social change - directly or indirectly - in high stakes contexts (personal, legal, reputational, or financial) through the study of language. Core members are Professor Dawn Archer and Dr Samuel Larner.

Group Contacts

Website www.mmu.ac.uk/languages/research/linguistics

Critical Medical Humanities

Research Lead

Critical Medical Humanities explores our understanding of health, illness, embodiment and sociality in an age when the nature and potential of medicine and emergent biotechnologies, the spaces and meaning of care, and questions of resource and sustainability are at the forefront of bio-political debate. This sub-centre draws upon philosophical, historical, cultural and scientific frameworks in order to formulate new approaches to contemporary challenges. Current projects include the analysis of perceptions of dementia and cognitive difference, the use of creative practices in the enhancement of care, vaccine hesitancy and anti-microbial resistance in the cultural imagination.

Website: www.criticalmedicalhumanities.wordpress.com

The Manchester Writing School

Established in 1998 within the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Manchester Writing School is a thriving centre of creative excellence. The School hosts an ambitious suite of degree programmes and short courses, a vibrant series of public reading events, a leading programme of outreach activities, a major international writing competition and an annual festival of children’s literature. It is one of the most successful literary centres in the United Kingdom. The School’s Creative Director is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who teaches alongside a team of distinguished practising writers and critics.

Group Contacts

Email writingschool@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 1787

Website www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

Centre Lead

The centre promotes the study of the Gothic both nationally and internationally through the delivery of events and programmes of study that both showcase the research of centre members and bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider non-specialist audience. Activities include an annual Gothic Manchester Festival. The centre publish widely and lend expertise to prestigious journals such as Gothic Studies and Horror Studies, also publishing Dark Arts, an Open Access journal for postgraduate students and early career researchers. MA English: The Gothic, is one of only four such postgraduate courses in the United Kingdom.

Group Contacts

Email gothic@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 3920

Twitter @gothicmmu

Facebook facebook.com/groups/gothicmmu

Website Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

Public Engagement and Research Impact

Public Engagement and Research Impact is a day-long training event on the subject of impact and public engagement. Students will meet with a range of speakers drawn from academia, key funding bodies, and non-HEIs, engage in small group activities with recent case studies, and share ideas with current PGRs and recent postdocs. By the end of the day participants will better understand the role of impact and public engagement in Humanities research, and have a clearer sense of the different kinds of public-facing work they might undertake as future academics.

Group Contacts

Website Public Engagement and Research Impact

Trauma and Memory Studies Group

Academic Lead

Leadership: Dr David Miller (Department of English)

Affiliated staff: Professor Antony Rowland, Professor Joanna Hodge, Dr Eleanor Byrne, Dr Jason Crowley, Dr Adi Kuntsman, Dr Maria Livanou, Dr Ana Miller, Dr Ginette Carpenter.

Website: Trauma and Memory Studies Group

Games Research Network

Group Lead

The Games Research Network (GRN), established in 2016, is a multi-disciplinary research group for academics and professionals working on gaming and play.

Group Contacts

Website www.gamesresearchnetwork.org

Working with Archives

Working with Archives is a day-long event on the topic of archival research. Aimed at postgraduate students, this event is comprised of series of workshops and seminars led by expert archivists and academics.

Group Contacts

Website Working with Archives

Our Research