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UoA 28 History

Since REF 2014, the unit has become the 11th largest in the panel. We have broadened our expertise geographically and methodologically through the inclusion of research in religion and theology. From community-based impact, such as increasing cultural participation and community value through the CAER Project, to wider-reaching impact through advancing understanding of organ transplantation among British Muslims, our interdisciplinary identity is reflected throughout our submission.

We are 17th in the UK for research power – an indicator of the scale and quality of our submission. 90% of our research environment is considered conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Outputs 26.441.429.72.50.0

Our research environment

This unit is part of the School of History Archaeology and Religion with shared standards of disciplinary integrity, interdisciplinary dialogue, and collective commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

Our 3 research groups (History, Ancient History, and Religion), produce research of global relevance with foundations in local issues and concerns. This multi- and interdisciplinary foundation to the unit has remained at the centre of our research activity throughout the REF cycle and continues to shape our research strategy for the future.

We aim for both globally recognised and locally relevant specialisms. Our interdisciplinary, cross-unit strengths include Transnational and Transcultural History, The Atlantic World, Wales and the World, the Social History of Medicine, the History and Current Place of Islam, Warfare from Ancient to Modern Contexts, and Religion from Transregional Perspectives.

Our objective since REF 2014 has been to create an enabling and nurturing research culture in which regular, high-quality funding application, grant literacy, and research support is the norm for all staff across career stages. The consolidation and expansion of the unit during this time has been led by an ongoing commitment to producing world-leading research built on EDI principles.

We have successfully expanded international collaboration to connect our research across the globe while remaining deeply connected to local and national issues. An example of this is the ScienceHumanities initiative which has produced globally-resonant research spanning STEM and Humanities through workshops in Europe and North America, working closely with representatives within the medical community (NHS).

Discover our research

Our historians are pushing boundaries within and beyond the discipline, striking partnerships within Wales, the UK, and globally, creating lasting impact far beyond academia.

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Informing Muslims about organ donation

Dr Mansur Ali is helping fellow Muslims explore their faith’s stance on these life-saving procedures.

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Research at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Our researchers explore and share their passion for past societies and religious beliefs from prehistory to the present day.

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Impact at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Saving heritage ironwork from the ravages of rust and improving pastoral care for religious communities.