Our Research Highlights

  • Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing research of world-leading or internationally excellent quality.
  • 100% of our research environment is rated world-leading or internationally excellent, an increase of 67.4%.
  • The quality of our research outputs is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • 40.9% of research outputs are rated as world-leading, an increase of 32.1%.
  • Research income increased by 158%.
  • PhDs awarded increased by 81%


“We pride ourselves on providing a world-leading research environment to create the conditions for disciplinary excellence and research ideas to thrive. To see this recognised in the REF2021 results is fantastic recognition of all the hard work that has contributed to our success.”

- Dr Geraldine Lublin, UoA26 Lead

“The growth of research in modern languages, linguistics and Welsh at Swansea University is also demonstrated through our significant increases in research funding and PhDs awarded. Our achievements in REF2021 signify the important contribution our researchers are making in Wales and beyond.”

- Prof Tudur Hallam, UoA Lead

Our Vision

Through excellence in research, our ambition is to make a difference locally, nationally and globally as we develop cutting-edge language tools, change language environments and empower communities to celebrate cultural diversity.

Our Environment

We are a thriving community with research specialisms across a breadth of disciplines including language policy, applied linguistics, translation, literature, film and theatre studies, cultural studies and creative writing. Our linguistic coverage includes specialists in French, German, Spanish, Polish, Arabic and Welsh, as well as multilingualism. 

Our Outputs

Since 2014 our researchers have produced over 120 publications including authored books, specialist monographs, as well as articles in prestigious journals, book chapters, and edited volumes. In addition, we have also contributed to several reference works and many of our resources and underpinning datasets are made freely discoverable and available via a number of open access repositories.

Our Impact

Our interdisciplinary approach to research and commitment to collaborations with local, national and international organisations has enabled high impact from core research strengths in language policy and cultural studies, with projects intersecting across Modern Languages, Welsh, Applied Linguistics and Digital Humanities. Examples of our approach are evidenced in our case studies, ‘(Re)Discovering Europeans’ Visions of Wales’ and ‘Reversing Language Shift in Wales’.  Each has contributed to the Welsh Government’s target, 'Miliwn o Siaradwyr Cymraeg'/’A Million Welsh Speakers’ and supports multilingualism as envisioned in the Welsh Government ‘Global Futures’ strategy.

Our Community

Meet the Modern Languages and Linguistics staff and postgraduate community