Research in the Department of Welsh

Since the turn of the millennium the three research assessments (2001, 2008 and 2014) have shown the Department of Welsh to be a unit of excellence at Swansea University, with its staff consistently producing world-class research. The research tradition, however, stretches back to the beginnings of the University, when Henry Lewis and Saunders Lewis taught at the Department.

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 adjudged that 100% of the Welsh Department's research work was of a world-class standard or better, and that 69% of the work submitted was of international standard or world-leading. This is the best result among Welsh departments that presented their work individually to the research survey. 

We work closely with a number of other departments, both nationally and internationally, and we are part of the Research Consortium that includes a number of Welsh and Celtic Studies departments from across the United Kingdom. Click here for details.

We also work closely with a number of researchers in other fields within Swansea University, including English, History, Politics, Modern Languages, Media, Healthcare and Law.


Recent Publications

Recent publications by staff of the Department of Welsh include:

Machlud Cyfraith Hywel - Christine James's edition of one of the most important legal texts in the Welsh language:

Rhwng y Llinellau - the poems of Christine James

Saunders y Dramodydd - a book by Tudur Hallam on the plays of Saunders Lewis

Kate:Cofiant Kate Roberts 1891 - 1985 - Alan Llwyd's biography of the renowned author 

Bob: Cofiant R. Williams Parry 1884-1956 - Alan Llwyd's biography of the renowned poet

Huw Jones o Langwm - a book by A. Cynfael Lake on the writer of ballads and interludes.

Waldo Williams: Cerddi 1922-1970 - edited by Alan Llwyd and Robert Rhys

Canolfannau Cymraeg a Rhwydweithiau Cymdeithasol Oedolion sy’n Dysgu’r Gymraeg – Steve Morris and Heini Gruffudd:


Past research publications

Notable past research publications by staff of the Department of Welsh include Datblygiad yr Iaith Gymraeg (Henry Lewis), Williams Pantycelyn (Saunders Lewis), Elfennau Gramadeg Cymraeg (Stephen J. Williams), Y Treigladau a'u Cystrawen (T. J. Morgan), Gaulish Personal Names (D. Ellis Evans), Morgan Llwyd y Llenor (Hugh Bevan), Gŵyl Gwalia: Yr Eisteddfod yn Oes Aur Victoria 1858–1868 (Hywel Teifi Edwards), Hir Oes i’r Iaith (Robert Owen Jones), Cerddi’r Ficer: Detholiad o Gerddi Rhys Prichard (Nesta Lloyd), Studies on Middle Welsh Literature (Brynley F. Roberts), (Dafydd Johnston et. al.), Y Gymraeg a Phobl Ifanc (Heini Gruffudd). This, of course, is only a small selection, which does not include all the works of current staff. It is but a taste of the research tradition in the Department of Welsh. There are currently many projects underway in the fields of linguistic planning, applied linguistics, the literature and culture of Wales, past and present, and creative writing.

Two annual commemorative lectures are held, the Henry Lewis Memorial Lecture and the Hywel Teifi Edwards Memorial Lecture. The Department also holds regular series of research seminars.