Our research in health and wellbeing attracts major funding from the Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Foundation, EPSRC and medical charities. It involves collaborations with the National Health Service, Welsh Government, NGOs, voluntary associations and Historic Houses. We have a strong track record in developing the social and cultural history of medicine and wellbeing, as well as innovative linguistic research techniques in developing diagnosis, and rights and play based research approaches to child wellbeing.
To develop research in health and wellbeing our researchers in Applied Linguistics, Education, English Language and Literature and History work with specialists in Human and Health Sciences and Biosciences. We seek to place an understanding and respect for difference at the heart of our research, and embrace new approaches to advance health and wellbeing.
Research includes a focus on the study of disability, particularly in the context of industrial south Wales; facial difference and cultural responses; the medieval garden and natural cures; medical linguistics to seek linguistic markers of dementia; and projects on early childhood years and the factors that underpin child wellbeing, relationship formation and good social behaviour.
The College conducts its medical linguistics research as part of the activities of the University recognised Language Research Centre. We also have a Medical Humanities Research Centre that provides a focus for research, training and supervision on how we may learn from history and literature to enhance wellbeing.