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USW Women in Academia Network

The Women in Academia Network is a network established by women and for women. The network aims to raise the profile of gender issues for female academics at our institution, to tackle the challenges facing female academics; and to facilitate supportive relationships between female academics and to provide a safe environment for sharing problems as well as best practice.


The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (GEECS) is the first UK academic research centre devoted to the study of storytelling and its applications. We believe storytelling creates better understanding between individuals and communities across society. Our expertise includes digital storytelling, applied and community arts, folkloric studies, performance, oral history and storytelling in health and social care.

Forty VoicesForty Voices, Forty Years with Welsh Women's Aid used storytelling to impact policy and perceptions of domestic violence


English Research Unit

English research at USW has a longstanding tradition of expertise in gender and women’s writing, with particular strengths in women’s writing from and about Wales.

Welsh Women's Classics - HonnoRepublishing Welsh Women’s Classics With Honno


History Research Unit

The History Research Unit carries out research across a long timespan, from Iron Age Wales to the contemporary Muslim world, and we deal with topics as diverse as the commemoration of the dead in the middle ages, Atlantic slavery and the history of seaside resorts.

Greenham Common.jpgThe history of Greenham Common explored


Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Research Group

The Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Research Group aims to inform enterprise and entrepreneurship policy development and practice among both the business support sector and among entrepreneurs themselves. It has a special focus on women entrepreneurs and female entrepreneurship.

Women Entrepreneur GettyImages-1170646645.jpgDismantling barriers encountered by female entrepreneurs and influencing entrepreneurship policy development in Wales is a key focus 


Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations

The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations coordinates research on the creative industries in Wales through the frame of small nations globally. It is based in the Faculty of Creative Industries, but operates across the University of South Wales.

Cardiff ResearchThe Centre's research has helped to inform public debate about the creative industries in Wales and their artistic, social and economic contribution to the nation’s civic life


Law Research 

Members of the Law Research group are engaged in research relating to discrimination and equality law, with outputs considering gender-based issues. Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys, Co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, conducts research into aspects of family law that impact the rights of women and girls e.g. forced marriage, child marriage, polygamy, non-existent marriages and female genital mutilation. Erich Hou-Richards has researched the law on personal relationships, with a focus on sexual orientation. Dr Fiona MacDonald’s research into international children’s rights has included an examination of the prevalence of discrimination against children, including gender discrimination, with a focus on discrimination against the girl child. 

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The Moot Court, Treforest Campus


Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales 

Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales promotes the recognition of women in Welsh history and the preservation of sources of women’s history in Wales. It was founded in 1997 as a result of research by Ursula Masson and Avril Rolph at the then University of Glamorgan (now USW/PDC), into the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Their work demonstrated the need to collect and preserve the records of women’s history. AMC/WAW has a long and valued association with the Centre and has generously sponsored the annual Ursula Masson Memorial lecture since its inception. 

Women's Archive Wales - Gender Studies Research

Collecting archives: Ann Jones, Member of the Senedd and Deputy Presiding Officer hands over her archive to Dr Chris Chapman and Catrin Stevens (WAW) as part of the 'Setting the Record Straight’ project to safeguard the records and voices of women in Welsh politics, 2019