Quality of Research
School of Welsh
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Celtic Studies (M56)||8.00||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
|University of Cambridge||39.38|
|University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies||38.75|
|University of Ulster||34.72|
|University of Edinburgh||30.00|
|University of Glasgow||15.30|
|Queen's University Belfast||10.25|
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Innovative and socially-relevant research is conducted throughout the School of Welsh, and its researchers are playing an important key role in the development of Welsh in the 21st Century.
Research in the School ranges from the medieval to the contemporary, from poetry to prose and from children’s literature to women’s studies. It includes both Welsh language and Welsh literature and the School is leading the way in areas such as social and international aspects of language planning, critical theory and performance theory.
Funding is won from a wide range of sources, including the Leverhulme Trust,theArts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the British Council and the EU. The School’s two research units – the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies and the Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit - drive interdisciplinary research and promote proactive engagement with innovative projects across the University, including collaboration with the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute.
AHRC funded research project:
Welsh Prose 1350-1425
The School is breaking new ground at its Centre for Welsh American Studies in the study of migration history, language contact and popular culture among the Welsh and their descendants in the United States, Canada and Patagonia. Researchers have forged strong links with Patagonia in particular, through two projects on Welsh sociolinguistics. In addition to studying the current situation of the Welsh language in Patagonia, they also focus on the socio-economic, cultural and political processes that have affected the Welsh community in Argentina since the arrival of the first settlers.
The School’s Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit is home to original research in the field of language planning which contributes to policy development in the Wales Assembly Government and the Welsh Language Board. Current work with the Governments of Ireland, Finland and Canada, together with advisory work for the Basque Academy and Lingua Mon (Barcelona) is feeding directly into policy implementation at both national and European levels.
Investment in research infrastructure has resulted in the development of SCOLAR, a research library integrating the University’s holdings of archives and rare books within a dedicated work space, funded by the Science Research Investment Fund.
School projects include a major new English translation of the Welsh medieval masterpiece, The Mabinogion, regarded by many as one of Wales' greatest contribution to European literature; studies into Welsh dramatic preaching of the 19th and 20th centuries; and into the role of Language Commissioners in a number of countries. Major web resources include the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘An Electronic Corpus of Medieval Welsh Prose 1350 – 1450’, together with websites dedicated to the study of Welsh ballads and the prominent hymn-writer Ann Griffiths.
The School of Welsh in the capital city of Wales is one of the founding schools of the University and is home to the oldest established Chair of Welsh. For more than a century the School has contributed to the life and culture of Wales, and has been home to many eminent scholars and writers, including W. J. Gruffydd, G. J. Williams, A. O. H. Jarman and Saunders Lewis.