Research

Our research culture is distinguished by its commitment to innovation and scholarship, and an openness to interdisciplinary study.

As a multi-discipline School, we value critical rigour, creative thinking, and intellectual inquisitiveness. Our researchers are driving contemporary debates about literature, language, cultural identity and the business of being human. We embrace a range of distinctive approaches to these issues, spanning the humanities and social sciences and encompassing our core themes:

Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff. Our students also benefit from our commitment to research-led teaching and we have developed a thriving postgraduate community.

Our record in all areas demonstrates the role of our research in changing the disciplinary map. Individual scholarship and team work are equally valued. We have a number of specialist research centres and networks dedicated to key issues in the study of language, texts, cultures, ideas, values and identities.

I’m particularly struck by our communal interest in what goes on at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices. It gives Cardiff a particular entry into cutting edge research that continually engenders new and interesting questions both for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and our research-led teaching, also for our students at all levels.

Professor Alison Wray, Director of Research, School of English, Communications and Philosophy