Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Recognised for its International Role in Humanities and Environmental Research


The quality of research at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in the disciplines of Archaeology, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Medieval Studies, and Anthropology has been highlighted in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.

Archaeological work undertaken at the Strata Florida site in Ceredigion. REF 2014 revealed that 70% of research undertaken by UWTSD in the above fields is internationally excellent/recognised, with 14% of its research output deemed to be world leading. This work is carried out across the University’s Lampeter and Swansea campuses.

Taken together, this broad interdisciplinary grouping forms a significant area of research for UWTSD and ranges from the modelling of historic climate change records through tree-dating ancient wood and global policy on climate change and shoreline management, to the practices and cultures of food heritage and consumption, as well as the study of medieval texts and their sources.

The successful REF results were judged upon the work of the University’s internationally recognised academics: Professor David Austin, Dr Jemma Bezant, Dr Louise Steel, Dr Martin Bates, Professor Mike Phillips, Dr Emma Jayne Abbots, Dr Penny Dransart, Dr Nick Campion, Professor Nigel Nayling, Professor Andrew Petersen, Dr Erica Guttman-Bond, Luci Attala, Professor Janet Burton, Dr William Marx and Dr Katharina Zinn.

More information about Archaeology, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Medieval Studies, and Anthropology research at UWTSD can be found at

Dr Jeremy Smith, Associate Dean and Head of the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, said: “The results contain formidable evidence of research activity of the highest quality. To be acknowledged as producing world leading or internationally excellent/recognised research is a considerable achievement and our University can, and should, be justifiably proud.”

Note to Editor

  1. Research Excellence Framework 2014 - The four UK higher education funding bodies [Note] allocate about £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. They aim to support a dynamic and internationally competitive UK research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge.
  2. Aims of the Research Excellence Framework - To distribute funds selectively on the basis of quality, the funding bodies assess universities’ research through a periodic exercise. This was previously known as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and was last conducted in 2008. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) replaced the RAE. It assessed the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all disciplines. The results will be published in December 2014 and will be used by the funding bodies to allocate block-grant research funding to universities from 2015-16. As well as informing funding allocations, the REF provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrates its benefits, and provides important reputational yardsticks and benchmarking information about the research performance of UK universities.
  3. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

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