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English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature draws together researchers from Applied Linguistics and English Literature and Creative Writing.  We conduct research in wide range of literary, linguistic, creative fields and interdisciplinary areas, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary graphic novels, from language acquisition to linguistic analysis of security and safeguarding online, from avant garde poetry to collaborative theatre.

Our expertise in Welsh writing in English and interdisciplinary Wales Studies is world-leading, and we have particular expertise in gender studies, medical humanities and disability studies, applied linguistics and language acquisition, medieval literature and digital humanities.

Our research is collaborative, interdisciplinary and connected. 
We have a strong community of research users, from the creative industries and arts organisations, to schools to national governments. Our research:

  • shapes language, education, digital and cultural policies in Wales and abroad;
  • provides inspiration and new sources for arts practitioners, production companies and publishers;
  • generates new content for TV and radio in English and Welsh, stimulating new knowledge and cultural debate.

In the last REF assessment, English Language and Literature at Swansea ranked 7th in the UK and came joint 1st in the UK for research impact. 

Our Pioneering Research: