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Modern Languages and Linguistics

100% of our environment was classified world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We are ranked, 4th in the sector overall for research classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) out of 47 submissions and 10th in the sector for 4* research overall (outputs, impact and environment) out of 47 submissions.

The Department’s research adopts a linguistically and culturally sensitive approach to address a range of real-world problems, and has influenced communities in many ways, from highlighting political issues to helping disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Some key projects include new ways of engaging people with dementia through popular films and music from their pasts to stimulate memories and wellbeing benefits, exploring the roles museums, archives and commemoration can play in resolving political conflict, understanding the legacies of the Romani Holocaust and keeping its memory alive in younger generations, the historical legacies of colonial trade, plus projects exploring the fundamental nature of how multilingualism and translations help transmit our histories and beliefs.

The impact of our research also focuses on new modes of engagement with external partners and stakeholders, such as co-curation of exhibitions and practitioner-led design of wellbeing activities and multimedia tools. We endeavour to put the lived experience of those affected by our areas of research at the heart of all we do in order to maximise the real-life impact of our work.

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