UoA 29 English Language & Literature

Our forward thinking and interdisciplinary research is reflected in our GPA score of 3.27 and a UK ranking of 10th. A distinctive feature of this unit is that 60% of our research environment was rated as conducive to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability. From supporting teenagers with AIDS/HIV to express their experiences through comics to changing the way the police interact with detainees, victims and the public, and bringing illustrations of Victorian life to multiple users, our research is making an impact in areas such as healthcare, social justice and text-image interactions.

Quality level 4 3 2 1 UC
Overall 42.0% 45.0% 11.0% 2.0% 0.0%
Outputs 36.3% 50.5% 9.9% 3.3% 0.0%
Impact 46.7% 40.0% 13.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 60.0% 30.0% 10.0% 0.0% 0.0%
About the REF

Our strategy is to maximise the distinctiveness of our contribution to scholarship internationally, shaping the future of our disciplines and enabling excellent academic enquiry to reach into the heart of society.

In Literature we focus on the critical articulation of texts across a broad range of periods and cultural forms and our unique contribution to editorial and digital humanities research.

The University's purchase of the Cardiff Rare Books collection (14,000 items from the 15th to the 20th centuries) has opened significant new opportunities for staff and student research. The School has also made the strategic decision to invest its creative and critical writing activity as an innovative contributor to interdisciplinary research.

In Language and Communication, we use linguistic theory and a wide range of methods to explore how language works as a system, and how it is used to express identity and reflect and mould attitudes.

We apply our research to important social challenges, to generate improvements in diverse areas including language learning, Alzheimer's care, multicultural interaction, police-public interaction and social inclusion.

We are committed to the development of the next generation of literature and language scholars and are proud to be part of the AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Consortium's Doctoral Training Programme, and to host Cardiff's linguistics pathway in the All-Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Case studies

Valuing Victorians: sharing 19th Century illustrations

Using research-based metadata to entertain a modern audience of millions.

Improving HIV/AIDS education and support through comics writing

Workshops in comics drawing at the Whizzkids United academy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa helped teenagers to express their feelings.

Research centres and groups

CentreDetails
English Literature (EL)Covering all historical periods from Old English to contemporary experimental, and genres including crime fiction, Gothic, literature and the environment, literature and the law, Neo and Counter approaches to literature, gender and women's writing, and book history.
Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR)Researching the form, function and effect of human communication and language.
Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR)Combining traditional scholarly skills with modern technological methodologies in order to investigate various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures.
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT)Investigating poststructuralism, Deleuze studies, Critical Marxism, theories of the literary, gender, sexuality and race, eco-humanities, trauma and many other topics

Overall ranking

Pos. Institution GPA
1 University of Warwick 3.53
2 University of York 3.49
3 Newcastle University 3.46
4 University of Durham 3.42
5 Queen Mary University of London 3.41
6 University of St Andrews 3.40
7 University College London 3.36
7 Swansea University 3.36
9 University of Sussex 3.28
10 Cardiff University 3.27
10University of East Anglia3.27
10University of Nottingham3.27

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