English at the University of South Wales has a vibrant and highly-rated research community of literary scholars and creative writers.

Ninety per cent of USW English research was rated as being internationally excellent (3*) with respect to impact in the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Overall, just over half of English research submitted (51%) was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our staff includes prize-winning creative writers such as Professor Philip Gross, who won the T.S Eliot Prize in 2010. Our literary scholars include experts on Welsh writing in English, on historical fiction (Professor Diana Wallace), on critical-creative writing (Professor Kevin Mills), on contemporary women’s poetry (Dr Alice Entwistle), and on postcolonial writing (r Nicholas Dunlop). In addition to publishing books, articles, poems and other items, our staff regularly disseminate their work through public lectures, readings and events, as well academic conferences.

English hosts two research groupings – Border/Lines and In and Between – and co-hosts the inter-disciplinary Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, as well as contributing to the Centre for Media in Small Nations. While our research is internationally-recognised and ranges from the eighteenth-century to the present day, and from the Gothic to the post-modern, English at USW also has a strong commitment to the local, particularly to the south Wales valleys in which the University is situated. The classic novel of post-industrialisation in South Wales, Shifts (1988) by Emeritus Professor Christopher Meredith, for instance, is now ‘an automatic choice’ as a set text on any university course on Welsh writing in English.

Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is research-led so students can benefit from cutting-edge developments in the field. And we provide a supportive environment for postgraduate research in both creative writing and literary research. Almost without fail, students on our flagship MPhil in Writing have gone on to publish successfully, many of them winning prizes.