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English at the University of South Wales has a vibrant and highly-rated research community of literary scholars, creative writers and language specialists.

While our research is internationally-recognised and ranges from the medieval period to the present day, and from the Gothic to the postmodern, English at USW has a particularly strong commitment to writing from and about the south Wales valleys in which the University is situated.

Ninety percent of USW English research was rated as being internationally excellent (3*) with respect to impact in the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Overall, just over half of English research submitted (51%) was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Ninety percent of USW English research was rated as being internationally excellent (3*) with respect to impact in the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Overall, just over half of English research submitted (51%) was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our staff includes creative writers such as short story writer Barrie Llewelyn, poet and critic Professor Kevin Mills, and novelist Dr David Towsey.  Our literary scholars include experts on postcolonial writing (Dr Nicholas Dunlop), on contemporary women’s poetry (Professor Alice Entwistle), on historical fiction and the Gothic  (Professor Diana Wallace) and on Welsh writing in English.

Our TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) specialists Dr Mike Chick and Dr Rhian Webb research contemporary approaches to language teaching methodology and also examine how government policies on language and migration affect both language acquisition and integration.

As well as publishing books, articles, poems and other items, our staff regularly disseminate their work through public lectures, readings and events, as well academic conferences.

Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is research-led so students can benefit from cutting-edge developments in the field. And we provide a supportive environment for postgraduate research in both creative writing and literary research. Almost without fail, students on our flagship MPhil in Writing have gone on to publish successfully, many of them winning prizes.

English co-hosts the University’s Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, co-directed by Professor Diana Wallace, Dr Ruth Gaffney Rhys and Dr Rachel Lock Lewis. The Centre provides a focus within the University for cross-Faculty, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in gender studies generally, including work on women’s literature and the work of Welsh women writers in particular. As well as the annual Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture, it hosts events and seminar series. Centre members work closely with the Women’s Archive Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru which sponsors the annual lecture.

English researchers also contribute to the Centre for Media in Small Nations and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our research or would like to study or collaborate with us, please contact Professor Diana Wallace.

For about an English PhD, MPhil in Writing or Masters by Research please contact Alison Crudgington in the Graduate Office.