Centre for Advanced Research in English

If you would like to spend a period of time in Birmingham pursuing your research, you will become a member of our Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE). CARE is based on our Edgbaston campus in the centre of Birmingham and a one-minute walk from the University Library and the Barber Institute, with its remarkable collection of paintings and sculpture, and other campus facilities.

Your academic visit

A visitor to CARE will be able to:


There are several options for accommodation during your stay as a visitor. Most of our visitors stay at the Birmingham International Student Homes (BISH) or in private residences. We will endeavour to provide some suggestions of places you might be able to stay. Please bear in mind that you may be charged council tax during your stay if you rent a property or a room in a property.

Bench fees

A bench fee will apply for the duration of your visit. The bench fees are £325.00 per month for the duration of the visit.

Please do note our university term dates as during vacation periods there are usually no training sessions or seminars.

Please contact Michelle Devereux for further information. 

Research activities

The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, where CARE is located, together with the Department of English Literature have research interests across the full range of English language and literature.

English Language

We have had several renowned linguists at Birmingham - John Sinclair, Malcolm Coulthard, David Brazil, Michael Hoey, to name but a few. We are known for our leading work in corpus linguistics and have a dedicated centre for corpus research. The Collins Cobuild English language textbooks, which are internationally recognised as high quality English language training materials, were designed here. Currently, we contribute internationally to research in corpus linguistics, discourse studies and English language teaching. 

English Literature

Our research in English literature is wide-ranging. We have particular concentrations of research activity in Medieval English language and literature; Renaissance literature, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries in text and performance; the literature of the "long eighteenth century" (c. 1685 – 1815); the theory and practice of text editing; the history and sociology of book production from the Middle Ages to the present; and the origin, development and influence of literary and artistic Modernism.

See English Literature Research for more information.

Further information

You might like to browse the staff pages for English Language and English Literature on our website for more information about individual specialisms and publications.

Our staff

Photograph of Suganthi JohnDr Suganthi John

  • Director, CARE

Suganthi’s academic career began in 2000 when she arrived in Birmingham from Singapore to pursue her PhD. Upon graduation in 2005, she returned to Singapore for a brief period before taking up a position in Birmingham as a lecturer in the English for International Students Unit in January 2007. She is currently a lecturer with the Department of English.

Photograph of Michelle DevereuxMichelle Devereux

Michelle has worked in the English Department at the University of Birmingham since 1988. She has been with the Centre for Advanced Research in English since 2003 and really enjoys meeting academic visitors from all over the world.

Contact us

For further information about CARE, including bench fees and facilities available, please contact: