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About our Research

Our research activity is organised around three layers:

  • Research Themes are substantive cross-cutting areas or research where we have a long-standing critical mass of activity and expertise.
  • Research Centres tend to concentrate upon a specialist area of social science research. Very often they are externally funded and externally facing.
  • Research Groups are more informal constellations of academics working in a particular area or on a shared problem.

Research Funding

Each year the School wins around £5 million in external funding for our research. Our recent and current funders include:

  • The Economic and Social Research Council;
  • The European Research Council;
  • Welsh Government;
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council;
  • Medical Research Council;
  • European Commission.

Please visit our research funding pages for more details about the make-up of our externally funded research projects. 

Research Governance and Ethics

All research activity in the School is overseen by the Director of Research and in common with other Schools of the University, we are required to have a research ethics committee (the SREC) responsible for ensuring ethical research practice within the School. 

All members of the School carry a responsibility to consider the ethical implications and integrity of the scholarship and research they undertake. The School recognises, respects and encourages this responsibility, and provides a supportive research environment for the ethical practice of research.

Please visit our Governance & Ethics pages to find out more about the SREC, the research approval process, guidelines, resources, examples and forthcoming meetings.