The high quality of our research was confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Ninety per cent of USW English research was rated as being internationally excellent (3) with respect to impact, while just over half of English research submitted (51%) was judged to be world leading (4) or internationally excellent (3*).
Staff members’ research interests range from eighteenth-century literature to that of the present day, and their recent publications include books and articles on Gothic writing, modernism, postmodernism, nineteenth and twentieth-century women’s writing, historical fiction, postcolonial literature, the poetry of place, Welsh writing in English, and literary theory.
Creative writers on the staff have, between them, been awarded an impressive array of prizes and honours for poetry and fiction.
"Professor Philip Gross":http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/420-pgross was awarded the prestigious T.S. Eliot prize in 2010, and many of the graduates of the MPhil in Writing have also won literary awards. The Unit also hosts series of research seminars, public lectures, and conferences.
Areas of research excellence in English at USW include Creative Writing, Critical-Creative Writing, Gothic Studies, Textuality and Cultural Spaces, Welsh Writing in English and Women’s Writing.
Impact is a new measure of research assessment. The 2014 REF results reflect the longstanding commitment of USW creative writers and English scholars to engaging with the wider community outside the academy as demonstrated in our two Impact Case Studies.
h4. Re-creating Creativity: Promoting the creative process
As a prize-winning poet, novelist and teacher of Creative Writing, Professor Philip Gross’s work is concerned with the development of individuals’ creative practice (both adults’ and children’s), outside the academy as well as inside it. His work has led to a wider awareness of the ways in which creative process can enhance our understanding of some of the most urgent challenges of contemporary society.
Since 1993, Professor Gross has published ten collections of poetry for adults, including the T.S. Eliot Prize-winning The Water Table (2009) and Deep Field (2011), as well as nine novels and three collections of poetry for young people, including the prize-winning Off Road to Everywhere (2010).
His work has enhanced consciousness of environmental issues and impacted on thinking about the disintegration of language and its implications for the personality.
h4. Republishing Welsh Women’s Classics With Honno
Since 1997 "Professor Jane Aaron":http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/415-jaaron has been the founding and continuing editor of the series ‘Welsh Women’s Classics’, published by the independent Welsh feminist press Honno. The series aims to bring back into print virtually forgotten texts. Twenty-two volumes have appeared to date, five of which Aaron edited and introduced.
Their impact on the reading public and on higher educational institutions in Wales has been considerable; far more Welsh women writers – the majority of them published in the series – are taught, researched and read today than in the mid-1990s.
Writers published in the series include Margiad Evans, Dorothy Edwards, Hilda Vaughan, Menna Gallie, Eiluned Lewis and Amy Dillwyn.
Prof Aaron’s other publications include the prize-winning Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing in Wales (University of Wales Press, 2007) and Pur fel y Dur: Y Gymraes yn Llên Menywod y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg [Pure as Steel: The Welsh woman in nineteenth-century women’s writing] (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, 1998)
English at USW currently offers the "MPhil in Creative Writing":http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/297-mphil-in-writing, the "MA English by Research":http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/292-ma-english-by-research, MPhils and PhDs, and has a lively postgraduate community.