Our staff are members of the following research groups:

Staff in History are members of the Richard Burton Centre and the following research groups:

All teaching in the Department of English Literature at Swansea is research-led. The quality of our staff research is shown by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in which 85% of our research activity was judged either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with our ‘impact’, the influence of our research on the wider world, rated 100% world-leading. On the basis of these results the department was rated joint 7th in the national league table released by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

A packed programme of research seminars, conferences and performances makes the Department of English at Swansea an exceptionally stimulating as well as friendly place to study.

Our research is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Members of the Department are members of the following research centres or groups.

Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW)

Acknowledged as the international leader in this field of literary and cultural study, CREW has developed an extensive programme of teaching and research. Scholarly work ranges across a wide number of disciplines, including cultural history, visual culture, transatlantic connections, postcolonial studies and medieval studies.  The Centre hosts a busy postgraduate programme and has a vibrant postgraduate research community.  Unique resources available include the diaries of Richard Burton and the papers of Raymond Williams.

 Scholarly work ranges across a number of disciplines and includes:

  • Cultural History
  • Visual Culture
  • Transatlantic Connections
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Gender Studies

The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society (GENCAS)

GENCAS is an interdisciplinary research body working within the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.  The Centre brings together staff and postgraduate students from across the University who conduct research into gender, enabling members to share their expertise and work collaboratively. The Centre hosts conferences, symposia and workshops, providing a stimulating environment for PhD students.  The Department also runs a highly successful MA in Gender and Culture.

 Scholarly work spans a range of disciplines including:

  • English Language and Literature
  • History, Classics and Egyptology
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Translation Studies
  • Medicine and Midwifery
  • Business Studies

Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO)

MEMO provides an active and supportive intellectual environment for academic staff and postgraduate students whose research is focused on the historical period from Late Antiquity up to and including the Early Modern period.  The significance of MEMO as a Centre for Medical Humanities has been recognised by the Wellcome Trust through a series of prestigious research funding awards on projects in the following areas:


  • Wales, England and the Marcher Lands: borders and cultural exchanges
  • Social, spiritual and cultural identities
  • Gender, religion and systems of belief
  • Topography, space and place
  • Health humanities: histories of medicine and the body
  • Medieval towns and cities: urban and rural cultures
  • Natural philosophy and history of ideas
  • Language and multilingualism

The Swansea Review

Swansea Review is a publication of Creative and Media Writing within the English Language and Literature Department,  College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, Wales.

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact. Supporting our areas of research strength, RIAH comprises two 'flagship' University research centres, the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire and the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales