Our Research Highlights

  • 76% of our research overall is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (4 or 3 star)
  • 100% of our research impact is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 77.5% of our research environment is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.


Professor Martin Johnes commented:

“We are delighted our History Unit of Assessment has been ranked first in Wales for our overall research excellence with 100% of our research impact being recognised as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.  This success acknowledges our commitment to the civic mission expected of universities by Welsh Government and on our strengths in the community- and public-focused historical research in a way that not only advances knowledge, but enriches lives” 

Our Vision

Our vision is to build on our strengths in the community by delivering public focused historical research that advances knowledge and enriches lives.

Our Environment

We are a diverse and inter-disciplinary community of 36 scholars with expertise ranging across history, heritage, material culture, archaeology, ancient languages and classical literature.  Our research environment is shaped by the needs of the community in which we are rooted. In a region profoundly affected by industrialization and de-industrialization, by political devolution and Welsh cultural identity, we take seriously our responsibility to work in partnership with outside organizations to foster wellbeing, inclusivity and opportunity for all.

Our Outputs

Since 2014 we have published a total output of 38 books (monographs, collections and scholarly editions) and 138 peer-reviewed articles.  In addition our staff make regular contributions across a range of broadcast and social media platforms.

Our Impact

Engagement and impact are at the heart of our research and our high-impact work in industrial heritage and disability history is evidenced in our ‘Copperopolis Reborn’ and ‘Disability and Industrial Society’ Impact Case Studies.  In addition we have fostered major collaborative work in ancient heritage, as detailed in the ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones’ Impact Case Study.

Our Community

Meet the History and Classics staff and postgraduate community