Centre for Advanced Research in English

If you are an international research visitor and would like to spend a period of time in The School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies pursuing your research, you will become a member of our Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE).

Your visit

CARE welcomes over 40 international research visitors to the school each year, offering a stimulating academic environment along with access to substantial library and corpus resources. Visitors will be invited to carry out their own research projects, to participate in research activities such as seminars and colloquia, and to develop collaborative research projects with academic staff in the School (link to research page).

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.


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. 

Our staff

Photograph of Suganthi JohnDr Suganthi John

  • Director, CARE

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise PhD students in English Language and Applied Linguistics. My research focusses on self-representation and identity in academic texts. I am also interested in writing development across boundaries (undergraduate to postgraduate; postgraduate to workplace) and in writing for research publication purposes. I am currently Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics and have been Director of CARE since 2012.

Photograph of Michelle DevereuxMichelle Devereux

I have worked in the Department of English Language and Linguistics since 1988. I have been with the Centre for Advanced Research in English since 2003 and really enjoy meeting academic visitors from all over the world.

Contact us

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