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Quality of Research

English Language and Literature

Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

Unit of Assessment Staff submitted (FTE) By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard
English Language and Literature (M57) 44.20 4star icon 3star icon 2star icon 1star icon UC
35% 25% 30% 10% 0%

The grading system explained

(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)

Research Profile: English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature
InstitutionResearch Power
University of Oxford 279.75  
University of Cambridge 207.83  
University of Glasgow 147.00  
University of Leeds 145.73  
University of Exeter 132.00  
University of York 128.61  
Cardiff University 125.97  
University of Birmingham 117.74  
University of Sheffield 117.60  
Queen Mary, University of London 106.60  

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How this table was compiled

The majority of staff in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy research within the frame of English Language and Literature, with a breadth of engagement that encompasses culture, identity, non-verbal communication and images as well as more traditional foci across a wide range of genre, period and theoretical topics. Staff and students participate in several interdisciplinary networks, including the Wales-Ireland Research Network and Crime Narratives in Context. Outward-facing, with interests in new technologies and the interface between the humanities and sciences, Cardiff’s research in English Language and Literature has attracted major funding from many sources.

More than £1M was awarded by the Leverhulme Trust to the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) for a five-year programme on Language and Global Communication. This was at the time one of the largest ever awards made for a single humanities project in Britain. The research encompassed communicative practices in the media, tourism, health communication and Welsh language and culture. Other funded research to CLCR has addressed citizenship in Europe, the way broadcast news reports the future, experimental approaches to language learning, and the development of new analytic tools for profiling language in genetics research. CLCR has also benefited from recent investment in a new multimedia studio. In CLCR’s cross-disciplinary Health Communication Research Centre collaborations with colleagues in the School of Medicine and health and social care professionals address the way medical issues are publicly discussed, and how professionals communicate between themselves and with patients. The Centre has won substantial funding from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the sensitive area of genetics testing and counselling.

Books in a library

The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research investigates the history of
the book from the middle ages to the present day.

Meanwhile, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding to the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research has resulted in a large, searchable electronic database of illustrations from mid-Victorian publications. This work complements two web-based projects on the early 19th-Century English novel and on British fiction in the same period. Other research has been supported by AHRC research-leave funding, resulting in a collection of monographs on specialist aspects of literature, language, culture and critical theory.

Particular Cardiff specialisms in literature and critical theory include Shakespeare, Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Thomas Moore, Austen, Joyce, crime fiction, and Welsh Writing in English, as well as Derrida and Deleuze. This work takes place alongside innovative research on postcolonialism, gender and the gothic as well as research in periods of literature from Old Norse and medieval studies through Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century to Modernism and the post-war. Language research at Cardiff especially focuses on sociolinguistics, discourse, forensic linguistics, psycholinguistics, professional communication, and the Cardiff Systemic Functional Grammar.

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