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UoA 28 Modern Languages and Linguistics

Our influential combination of humanities and social science scholarship and our focus on policy applications has secured a GPA score of 3.21 and a UK ranking of 7th. A distinctive feature of this unit is that 100% of our research has been deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. From medieval prose and poetry to the sociolinguistics of Welsh; to exploring the representation of migration to understanding how film or translation shape contemporary cultures, our research explores an exciting and diverse range of topics that engage with the world around us.

Quality level 4 3 2 1 UC
Overall 37.0% 47.0% 16.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Outputs 21.3% 61.7% 17.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 20.0% 50.0% 30.0% 0.0% 0.0%
About the REF

Our  research groups combine core intellectual humanities scholarship (French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies, Translation Studies, Welsh) with social science research and policy-oriented work (Welsh).

We take a collaborative approach to our research and work with regional and national Higher Education institutes (HEIs) and non-HEI partnerships, such as the All Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Language Based Area Studies, the AHRC REACT creative economy hub, the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership; and with international partners via fellowships, collaborative networks and conferences.

Since 2008, nine strategic appointments have strengthened expertise in translation studies, literary critical studies, second language acquisition, IT and software development, and language planning and policy.

Grant capture has increased to £882k, from funders such as the AHRC, European Union, ESRC, Welsh and Irish Governments, British Academy, Italian and French Embassies and the Canadian Government.

We have developed a vibrant PhD community and systematically disseminate our research through conferences, symposia, public lectures, seminars and knowledge exchange network events. 41 monographs/edited journals and 96 papers in referred journals have been published.

Looking to the future,  we aspire to broaden and deepen interdisciplinary research via collaborative partnerships, exploring topics such as intercultural dialogues, deaf culture and translation and Welsh print culture in South and North America.

Case studies

Mabinogion book cover

Transforming the Mabinogion

Improving the understanding of Welsh myths and legends from the Mabinogion.

Welsh books

Reframing language law in Wales

A need for clarity, consistency and compliance in Welsh Language regulation.

Research units

Cardiff Research Centre for Welsh American Studies (CCWAS)Promoting the study of the culture, language, literature and history of the Welsh in the Americas.
Crime Narratives in Context research networkBrings together a range of scholars whose research interests relate to the production, transmission and interpretation of crime narratives.
Language, Planning and Policy Research UnitInterested in the fields of of language policy analysis, development of new methodologies and behavioural studies.
Politics of Translating Research GroupInterested in the ethical and socio-historical dimensions of translation and how they link to linguistic and cultural systems.
Representing Mobility and Migration research networkInvestigates visual and textual representations of mobility and migration, as well as their interrelationships, within European cultures and their diasporas.
Institute for the Study of Visual CulturesBrings together research-based activities on European and world film, photography and video installation, text and image studies, visual culture and ideology studies.
The Žižek Centre for Ideology CritiquePromoting the analysis of psychoanalytic, poststructuralist and postmarxist frameworks with regard to their conceptual validity, empirical usefulness and political implications.

Overall ranking

Pos. Institution GPA
1 Queen Mary University of London A 3.58
2 University of Edinburgh B 3.29
3 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 3.24
3 University of Kent 3.24
5 University of Southampton 3.23
5 Queen's University, Belfast 3.23
7 Cardiff University 3.21
8 University of Essex 3.20
8 University of Cambridge 3.20
10 University of Glasgow B 3.19

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