University of Newcastle upon Tyne
The Research Context
The School has sections of Applied East Asian Languages, French Studies, German Studies, and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Our research was recognized as excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in December 2001 with grades of 5 in Spanish, and 4 in French and German. Within French, the Centre for Research into Film and Media were named as a flagged research group (equivalent to a rating of 5*).
We have a wide range of specialists carrying out research into different aspects of language and culture including linguistics, literature, film and media, gender studies and area studies. Staff in the School of Modern Languages are involved in a number of research projects with other universities, both in this country and abroad, in the areas of literature, cultural and area studies, film and linguistics. We also participate in three interdisciplinary research Centres: Film and Media, Linguistics; and Gender and Women's Studies. As a research student studying in any of these areas you will benefit from being attached to one of these Centres and having easy access to a wide range of specialists in the field. The Centres also offer taught programmes which you are welcome to attend for interest.
The Postgraduate Community
There is a large postgraduate community. In 2002-2003 there were 65 taught postgraduates and 27 research postgraduates working in the School. Postgraduates meet informally in the postgraduate commonroom in the School, and formally in the various postgraduate seminars we and other Schools in the Faculty run, including a dedicated School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Research Seminar.
Facilities for Postgraduates
Within the School there is a postgraduate study room equipped with networked computers using up-to-date software, a postgraduate commonroom, and we have a dedicated Postgraduate Office for your support. There is a dedicated film archive and study room for film students. Research postgraduates have access to financial support for conference attendance, and photocopying, telephone and fax facilities.
The School is located in the Old Library Building in the heart of the campus. The main Robinson Library is only a few minutes' walk away, and provides a full range of borrowing facilities, an inter-library loans system, co-operative arrangements for access to other local academic libraries, a wide range of audio-visual material, and computers linked to the University computer network. Computer clusters linked to the main University computer network are also nearby.
We also make extensive use of the University's Language Centre, with its state-of-the-art Open Access Centre and modern language laboratories. The Centre has the latest computer-assisted language learning software, satellite TV, a substantial library of audio, video and printed materials in over 40 languages, portable camcorders, lighting, microphones and fully equipped audio and video editing suites.
Updated April 2003