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LSS Research

Researchers in the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) are a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary community, working across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and bringing together a unique blend of internationally well-connected scholars.

For the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the current system to assess the quality of UK research, LSS submitted to two panels – ‘Area Studies’ and ‘Modern Languages and Linguistics’. The results released on 18 December 2014 ranked Aston amongst the leading institutions in the UK and achieved some particularly outstanding successes:

  • Area Studies: 81% of the LSS submission has been judged as “world leading or internationally excellent”. This is the 3rd highest percentage in the UK for this unit of assessment.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics: 60% of the LSS submission has been awarded the highest marks (4*) for research impact. This is the highest 4* percentage in the West Midlands, and places Aston within the top 10 for this unit of assessment regarding impact.
  • Area Studies: The submission is ranked 5th out of 23 institutions in the UK for Area Studies in the overall REF 2014 rankings.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics: 100% of the LSS submission to this panel has been awarded 4* or 3* for research environment, ranking Aston joint 1st in the UK for this measure. 

Research Degrees

Research Degrees

Academic Groups

Academic Groups

Research Centres

Research Centres

Research Projects

Research Projects

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research