The School of Arts and Cultures has a vibrant intellectual culture which provides the basis for cutting-edge research and scholarship in and across the fields of:

The School is home to a great variety of research types:
  • practice as research, e.g. in music composition and performance and in fine art;
  • historical, critical and theoretical studies, e.g. in musicology, art history and museology;
  • research into architecture, design and technology in museum and gallery studies;
  • sociological and psychological research in cultural and heritage studies;
  • research either focusing on, and/or utilising, digital media

As well as this, we recognise that the unique blend of disciplines within the School provides exciting possibilities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas and for interdisciplinary research groupings and activity. We are in the process of capitalising on such possibilities and developing the long-term sustainability of the School as a research environment.

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assesses the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions. The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is based on three main criteria:

  • Quality of research outputs
  • Impact of research (beyond the University)
  • Vitality of the research environment

For REF 2014, our School has submitted to:

The previous analysis, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 produced the following results for our School.