Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)

The Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL) at the University of Greenwich is a cross-disciplinary space for the study of language.

Our Mission

The mission of the Centre for Research & Enterprise in Language (CREL) is to foster a multidisciplinary environment for research about language. The purpose of the Centre is to bring scholars from the areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, translation, psychology, speech therapy, computing, mathematical sciences, education and sociology together to work in collaboration. CREL is home to courses and activities that are of interest to those studying different aspects of language, its acquisition, development or its formal analysis or its teaching. The Centre promotes the production of high-quality research, the participation of practitioners and collaboration with industry. The Centre aims at developing both high-quality research to feed submissions for research excellence evaluation and activities engaging with audiences beyond academia to grow societal impact.

The aim of CREL is to foster an enriching environment for the creation of new networks to accomplish the following objectives:

  • produce interdisciplinary high-quality outputs that can feed REF submissions;
  • develop interdisciplinary grant submissions to seek funding from a wide range of sources (e.g. AHRC, ESRC, EU, Welcome Trust);
  • create PhD interdisciplinary projects and develop a strategy to recruit high-quality
  • mentor those interested in embarking on research for the first time or resuming
    research in a novel environment;
  • promote a research culture within the university by including undergraduate
    students and recent graduates from all the Faculties comprised at the centre;
  • promote the internationalisation of staff and students by establishing liaisons with
    other institutions, research centres and academics to nurture further networks and collaborative projects and outputs;
  • organise events to advance new insights and promote new publications;
  • engage communities beyond academia in research findings and activities in order
    to develop societal impact.

The main activities of the Centre are: 

Substantive research

Substantive research on different aspects related to language, its acquisition and teaching. The members publish articles and books in highly-ranked scientific journals and publishing companies.


The team leads activities in different institutions (e.g. schools) making the analysis of language and its teaching known to the wider social community.


The Centre runs activities that maintain the sustainability of our research, such as the English language pre-sessional courses.

CREL Launch, Wednesday 1st May 2019 

We presented the new Centre for Research & Enterprise in Language (CREL) in the company of our partners, colleagues and a growing group of affiliated members and friends from other universities and educational institutions in, and outside, London. The atmosphere was vibrant all around and the cocktails to celebrate the beginning of this interdisciplinary structure lasted until advanced hours of the evening.

We were very fortunate to count with the words of the most senior managers at Greenwich, Professors Javier Bonet, Karen Bryan and Mark O'Thomas and one of the most eminent figures in the field of Science and Linguistics, Professor David Adger. 

Listen to speeches situating CREL within the scene of research on language

Professor David Adger