University Partners

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Aberystwyth contributes to the partnership’s strengths in Celtic Studies, History, Theatre, Film and Performance, and in Creative Writing (particularly poetry). It also brings an established partnership with the National Library of Wales in the context of which it has developed innovative training in Digital Humanities.

Bath extends the partnership’s capacity in Language and Cultural Studies, offering expertise in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian with specialisms in cultural theory, political culture, film and digital media, national, transnational, ethnic and gender identities, and in translation.


Bath Spa is central to the partnership’s aim to develop 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 and from our partnership with the Holburne Museum and its collection and archive.

Bristol strengthens the partnership’s research groups in English, History and Philosophy, also in Classics, 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. It also adds capacity for Humanities-oriented Law.


Cardiff adds to the partnership’s key strengths in Archaeology, 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.

Exeter strengthens the partnership’s four leading research groups in Archaeology, English, History and Philosophy and extends capacity in Language and Cultural Studies with expertise not only in European languages but also, uniquely, in Kurdish and Persian.


Reading is among the UK leaders in Archaeology and Philosophy, and also increases the partnership’s strength in Language and Cultural Studies, particularly in French and Italian. It extends capacity in film and performance and in humanities research in Law.

Southampton reinforces key groups in Archaeology, Creative Writing, English, Film, History and Modern Languages. Archaeology has sector leading expertise in Maritime and Prehistory, and Southampton also brings strength in the history and practice of Music and expertise in Philosophy. We are proud of the REF results of Humanities at Southampton. Several disciplines did exceptionally well. Music was rated the best department in the country with History and Modern Languages (with Film) ranked among the top five. The interdisciplinary research environment of Southampton’s Parkes Institute, based around the rich resources of the Parkes Library and the unique holdings of the AngloJewish Archives in the Hartley Library Special Collections, are another asset, as our links with The Chawton House library and Center for Modern and Contemporary Writing.