Features and case studies

New paper explores idealisations of wounded men in WW1

Dr Fiona Reid is a historian of the social and medical impact of the First World War in Britain and France, and of refugees in the Second World War. Her recent paper is My Friends Looked at Me in Horror: Idealizations of Wounded Men in the First World War. Read more>>

Graveyard Voices – Cathays Cemetery

In partnership with Cardiff City Council, the University of South Wales has produced a range of public performance works across the city. Working closely with the Council’s Cemeteries and Bereavement Services, USW has brought ‘history to life’ with performers creating short scenes relating to the fascinating stories of the people buried in the Cemetery. Click here to view>>

How feeling sad can make you happy

Steve Smith, Professor of Political Philosophy and Social Policy, is exploring how the experience of melancholy can enhance happiness and wellbeing – and the practical applications of this. Read the feature.


Literature can open doors and change lives

We are in the middle of a fabulous renaissance of historical fiction- led primarily by women, says Professor Diana Wallace. Read the feature.


UNESCO characterises Welsh as a vulnerable language

Dr Daniel Cunliffe has been investigating the relationship between minority languages and Information Technology since 2000 and asks what effect does new technology have on the maintenance and revitalisation (or indeed the demise) of minority languages? Read the feature.


Forced marriage deserves attention

Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys’ research paper examines the newly enacted Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which received much media attention due to the concerns expressed by religious groups that they would be forced to allow same sex couples to marry in their church or religious building. Read the feature


Health economics is about spending NHS money, not saving it

Professor David Cohen hits back at claims that health economists are unethical. Read the feature


Changing lives through technology

Pioneering computing research by Dr Ali Roula is helping to make life a little easier for people with motor neurone disease. Read the feature


Low self esteem should not be an option

Professor Amanda Kirby’s research into DCD and Dyspraxia has helped thousands of families – including her own. Read the feature.


Business enterprise

People, personality and relationships are the key to business success, says Dr Jonathan Deacon, director of the Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Read the feature


Genetics and the ethics behind it will always be hotly debated

Professor Maggie Kirk, leader of the Genomics Policy Unit, talks about her work with families who have been devastated by genetics. Read the feature

ESF funded programmes: Foundation Degree and Work-Based Learning Programme.

The University managed two ESF-funded, pan-Wales, multi-million HE/FE programmes, between 2009 and 2015, which were independently evaluated by OldBell3 Ltd. The Work-Based Learning (WBL) Programme provided bite-sized, employer-led training, up to Masters level. The Foundation Degree (FD) Programme delivered new employer-led provision, worth 240 credits. Both programmes were aimed at private sector employed participants, living and/or working in the Convergence area (West Wales and the Valleys).