Research in the School of Arts has a wide base of exploration with artists, practitioners, theoretical historical and contemporary practices explored. All of our research has at its heart investigations that can promote new ways of working, influence on the student experience, indeed all of the Arts develops from an inherent understanding that to research is to undertake Arts practice. For REF2014 our research was judged to be predominantly internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Projects publications and wider engagements for communities are where we make the most impact.  Our underlying focus for our research cluster are:  Creative Technologies, Health and Wellbeing, Public and Social Engagement.  We are promoters of the STEAM agenda working across specialised areas of design and applications of materials, sonic, film and photographic environments and supporting the creative economy. We work by using a number of contexts and methodologies such as activities in relation to landscape and wellbeing, evaluating wellbeing through interdisciplinary practices in arts and sciences, social entrepreneurship and wellbeing for health and social care agendas, creativity and making for wellbeing, whilst emboldening the philosophies of research in digital and materials arts and design practices, alongside research into sustainable technologies for the visual arts, design, music and performing arts practices.  We expect and have evidence that our research is key to cultural institutions and the creative industries which have further impact o the economic and social and cultural life of the city and the region.

Our objectives are:

Engage in research and knowledge transfer through practice, feeding back into the curriculum.
• Work in partnership with the creative and cultural industries, regionally, nationally and internationally.
• Create an inspirational environment set in first class resources and effectively drawing on the resources of collaborative partners, thus developing further the concept of the ‘Cultural Campus’.
• Collaborate across disciplines and be highly visible in what we do.

Ph.D. – we look forward to receiving all applications for study and if you would like discussions with us about your project proposal then please contact Dr. Angela Bartram:

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