January 5, 2015
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*).
Impact is a new measure of research assessment. The results reflect the longstanding commitment of USW creative writers and English scholars to engaging with the wider community outside the academy.
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.
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.
Since 1997 Professor Jane Aaron 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)