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 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.
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.