History of Science: Science and Universities Swansea 1920-2020

DEPT/SUBJECT AREA - Modern History

SUPERVISOR(S) - Dr Christoph Laucht, Dr Tomás Irish, Dr Adam Mosley


THESIS TITLE - History of Science: Science and Universities Swansea 1920-2020


The foundation of the University College of Swansea was underpinned by conversations and debates regarding the provision and development of science education in Wales. My research will identify and evaluate the science faculty’s regional, national and international connections with industry, commerce and academia from the institution’s creation in 1920 through the decades to the 1960s. I will assert that the concept of community accompanied by the roles of collaboration and networks were essential to the success of scientific educational developments at the institution’s science faculty. Other elements that were critical to the growth of research and development such as staffing levels and infrastructure will be assessed in relation to the institution’s response to adverse financial circumstances and unfavourable political periods. By placing the science faculty’s progression within the wider context of scientific and social narratives this research will be a valuable contribution to the institution’s history.


‘The Practical Application of Identity and Memory in the Development of a Science Faculty’ – COAH Postgraduate Conference, University of Swansea, September 2018

‘Scientific Research and the Establishment of Swansea University College in 1920’ – BSHS Postgraduate Annual Conference, April 2018

‘A Visit to the Enemy’ – Women’s Archive of Wales Annual Conference, October 2017

‘Delivering the Details’ – Approaching a Centenary Seminar, History Department, University of Swansea, March 2017


‘Nineteenth-Century Marine Research and the Swansea Scientist’, Minerva, no. 25 (2017-18), 143-49.



COAH PhD Studentship – 2016-19