Our Research Highlights

  • Overall GPA increased from 3.36 to 3.40 (increase in 4 points) from 2014
  • 93% outputs considered world-leading and internationally excellent
  • 90% of research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 83.3% of the impact of research is world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 158% increase in research income on REF2014
  • 81% increase in PhDs Awarded from REF2014

  Professor Kirsti Bohata commented:

“The REF2021 result is confirmation of our world-leading and internationally excellent research across literature, language and creative writing.  We are thrilled to be recognised for the quality of our outputs, and for the impact of our research which foregrounds creativity, equality and diversity in Wales and beyond."

Our Vision

Our vision is to deliver world-leading and internationally excellent research that generates cultural, social and economic benefits.

Our Environment

Our research community combines the expertise of colleagues within Applied Linguistics and English Literature and Creative Writing departments organised around widely recognised research centres, including Welsh Writing in English, Disability and Health Humanities, Gender, Corpus Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Creative Writing.  Our research is collaborative, interdisciplinary and connected. We have a strong community of research users, from the creative industries and arts organisations, to schools and national governments.

Our Outputs

Major research achievements during the census period reflect our researchers’ leading roles in collaborative and interdisciplinary research. These include the completion of a National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh (CorCenCC), the open access publication of a digital edition of the letters of Elizabeth Montague (1718-1800) and the publication of the landmark Cambridge History of Welsh Literature.

Our Impact

Our research: shapes language, education, digital and cultural policies in Wales and abroad; provides inspiration and new sources for arts practitioners, production companies and publishers; generates new content for TV and radio in English and Welsh, stimulating new knowledge and cultural debate. It contributes to a wider public understanding and drives social, cultural and economic gains. Collaboration and co-creation with research users and beneficiaries is key as evidenced in our Impact Case Studies:

Our Community

Meet our English Language and English Literature staff and postgraduate community