Quality of Research
Cardiff School of History & Archaeology
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
The Cardiff School of History & Archaeology made 2 submissions to the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 as listed below. Follow each link for full details of the Research Assessment Exercise outcomes of each individual unit of assessment.
The School of History and Archaeology undertakes leading research spanning Ancient History, Archaeology and Conservation, and contemporary History.
While the School has a particular interest in Wales, the geographic sweep of its historical interests is broad, including Britain, Europe and Asia. The approaches adopted are equally broad, taking in religious and military history, social relations, political economy, the ideologies of left and right, gender and medical history.
The principal areas of archaeological research are Britain, Europe, Greece and the eastern Mediterranean including the Levant and Egypt, stretching from the Neolithic era to the end of the Middle Ages. Researchers look at settlement, economy, material culture, sociality and change. Their approaches include detailed studies of individual sites and broad syntheses, and methods range from field survey and excavation to laboratory analysis.
The School of History and Archaeology has an international reputation for the high standard of its historical research.
The School offers a dynamic, challenging and supportive environment in which to undertake postgraduate research, offering PhD supervision across all its specialist subject areas. The breadth of expertise within the School provides enormous supervision potential for stimulating interdisciplinary research across traditional subject boundaries. Postgraduate researchers are closely integrated into the School’s research community and participate in a rich programme of seminars, workshops and conferences. The School has attracted funding from a number of sources including UK Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government and the British Academy. A number of postgraduate studentships are offered each year on a competitive basis.
The School has made major investment in digital and electronic primary and secondary historical resources. Significant research collections include the unrivalled Salisbury Collection on Welsh history and literature, early modern books, maps and ballads and reports from wartime Radio Free Europe.
Considerable investment means that research in the School benefits from high quality scientific facilities and equipment, and photographic/visual data handling facilities. The School has a comprehensive range of research equipment for archaeological materials and conservation science. These include a variable pressure scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive and wavelength-dispersive X-ray analysers. A climatic chamber with controlled humidity and temperature allows the investigation of the deterioration of artifacts under a range of conditions. Collaborative programmes with colleagues within the University and in the National Museum of Wales allow access to state-of-the-art plasma spectrometry with laser sampling and X-ray diffraction analysis. There is a range of laboratory equipment for infra-red spectroscopy, microscopy and X-ray radiography. The School also has a dedicated digital photographic and digital graphics laboratory.