History research in UK top 30

History at Swansea is now ranked in the top thirty history departments in the UK for the quality of the publications, the research environment and the impact of the research produced by its staff.

This marks a major advance in the national subject rankings, from 41st in Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 to 27th in Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Over 80 per cent of our research activity is now rated as or 4* or 3*, and for impact we have established ourselves as the leading History department in Wales, with 100% of our work graded 3* (internationally excellent) or better. 

The REF sub-panel also rated all aspects of our research environment (which includes our postgraduate facilities and our research income) as 4* or 3*, confirming our status among the best History departments in the UK for postgraduate study and for nurturing the next generation of researchers in our discipline.

Historian discusses working in the campus archives