Aberystwyth contributes to the partnership’s strengths in Celtic Studies, History, Theatre, Film and Performance, and Creative Writing (particularly poetry). It also brings an established partnership with the National Library of Wales, in which context it has developed innovative training in Digital Humanities.
Bath Spa is central to the partnership’s aim of developing research in creative practice, bringing its well established and expanding practice-led research training provision and concentration of expertise in fields such as Creative Writing, Music, the Visual Arts and Media. Students will benefit from the new Digital Media Studios at Newton Park, the University’s visual arts studio and craft workshop spaces at Sion Hill and Corsham Court, from its partnership with the Holburne Museum and its collection and archive, and from its Centre for the Environmental Humanities.
Bristol strengthens the partnership’s research groups in Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and Theology and Religion; it offers leading expertise in creative and practice-based studies, particularly in Music Composition, Film Criticism and History and Performance Research, where students can make use of its Theatre Collection, which is among the largest UK collections in the field. It also adds capacity for Humanities-oriented Law.
Cardiff adds to the partnership’s key strengths in Archaeology, Classics, English, Welsh language and literature, History and Philosophy. It widens the scope for Creative Writing research in both Welsh and English and in Translation, and adds capacity in Law. Its ‘Cardiff Rare Books’ is an internationally significant collection that supports research across Arts and Humanities subjects.
Cranfield University through its Archaeological and Forensic Analysis Group provides a wide range of scientific and analytical expertise for the archaeological and forensic communities.
Exeter strengthens the partnership’s four leading research groups in Archaeology (supported by a new Bioarchaeology lab), English, History and Philosophy and extends capacity in Classics and in Language and Cultural Studies with expertise not only in European languages but also, uniquely, in Kurdish and Persian. Its expertise in Film Studies is supported by the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, one of largest collections of material relating to the moving image in Britain; its Digital Humanities Lab supports a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales was founded by Royal Charter in 1907. Its core objective is ‘the advancement of the education of the public’ which involves developing, caring for, studying, and sustaining access to its collections for the benefit of society today and in the future. The Museum has research capability across a range of disciplines in the Humanities – Art, Art History, History, Archaeology and the Natural Sciences – and is a leading training body in museum disciplines.
Reading is among the UK leaders in Archaeology, Classics, and Philosophy, and also increases the partnership’s strength in Language and Cultural Studies, particularly in English (where it is home to the Samuel Beckett Collection), French and Italian. It extends capacity in Film and Performance through its Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures and the Minghella Studios, in Design thanks to its Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, and in Humanities research in Law.
Southampton reinforces key expertise in Archaeology, Creative Writing, English, Film, History and Modern Languages, and Music (history and practice) through Humanities and Art, Design Media and Fashion through the Winchester School of Art. The interdisciplinary research environment of WSA’s research groups and Southampton’s Parkes Institute with the unique holdings of the Anglo-Jewish Archives in the Hartley Library Special Collections are another asset, as Southampton’s links with Tate Exchange, transmediale (Berlin), The Chawton House library and Center for Modern and Contemporary Writing.
The University of the West of England (UWE) strengthens the partnership across a range of subjects including Art, Design, Film Studies, Television History, and Digital Humanities through its Centre for Fine Print Research, Digital Cultures Research Centre, and Moving Image Unit.