Our Research

Research at the University of South Wales is focused on providing solutions to problems that affect society and the economy

Researchers are increasingly working across disciplines, either within their own Research Centres and Groups or interdisciplinary. The big problems society faces require researchers who are knowledgeable and experts at extracting impact from their research.


REF 2014 reinforced the distinction of the University's research position with half of its research being assessed as of world leading or internationally excellent standard, providing practical solutions for culture, society and the economy, defined in REF terms as its impact. 

We increased the quality of our research across three quarters of our submission.


It is vital to provide clarity to the extent of the impact of the research that the University produces. 

Working collaboratively, our Faculties and Research Centres and Groups bring together expertise and facilities to help businesses, communities and policy makers benefit from our research.

Our Culture 

The University is intent on further developing its thriving, supportive research culture.

A sustainable research community where encouragement is available for those at all stages of their research career requires the right governance and development structures in place. The University is committed to providing this for its research active staff.

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Support for Staff

The Research & Innovation Services (RISe) team provide an expert service and invaluable resource to support academic colleagues ranging from experts with a long and proven history through to early stage researchers. 

This section is intended as a useful information resource to return to for advice and guidance.  

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Postgraduate Research

The Graduate Research Office (GRO) provides the structure of support for research students and manages all research student processes from application through to award. As well as managing research student administration, GRO brings postgraduate researchers together from a wide variety of disciplines into one community for a range of development opportunities and mentoring.

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Pure is used to record and manage staff research details concerning research outputs, research profiles, projects, research activities, awards and impact. 

It is also the institutional repository for the University, known as the USW Research Explorer, which stores the research outputs generated by our researchers. 

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Impact Case Studies and Stories

Criminologist Dr Ali Wardak helps to reform the Afghanistan criminal justice system

Criminologist Professor Fiona Brookman talks about her research into homicide and police homicide investigation