According to the recently published figures of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the School of Art has significantly improved the quality of its research since the last exercise in 2008. The School scored particularly well on research impact that measures the relevance and reach our research and its proven capacity to make a difference: 100% of the impact of the School’s research is deemed ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. Meanwhile, 75% of the publications and exhibitions undertaken by our researchers are deemed to ‘world leading’, ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘internationally recognised’.

It is our objective to:

  • produce research of international significance that has value, impact, scope and relevance;
  • increase and diversify grant capture by responding to emerging individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary research opportunities;
  • strengthen local, national and international partnerships with public and academic organisations, especially with museums and galleries to maximise research impact, diversify research outcomes and modes of dissemination (through publication, touring exhibition, conference, public speaking, broadcast and online databases), and reach an ever wider range of beneficiaries;
  • create a stimulating research environment, ensuring that undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision is relevant and informed by staff research and expertise;
  • maintain and develop the School of Art Museum collections and archives as a basis for undergraduate teaching, postgraduate study and funded research projects by continuing to collect, document, preserve, interpret and display objects of educational and cultural value.

Our staff offers research students supervision in:

  • the retrieval, preservation, reassessment and re-presentation and artists, practices and artefacts that have been either lost, marginalized or overlooked;
  • British art history since 1800 (esp. in drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism and their cultural contexts, the visual culture of Judeo-Christian religion, audiovisuology, Australian Artists in Britain, and the visual culture of Wales, Welsh art and collecting practices;
  • fine art practice-led research in printmaking, painting, drawing, photography (digital, traditional and alternative), film, installation, site-specific performance, sound, video, illustration and the book arts.

The collections of the School of Art Museum provide a focus for funded research projects and postgraduate study. Staff disseminate their research through the curation of touring exhibitions, the publication of books, catalogues and articles, the delivery of public lectures, and through project- or field-dedicated websites and online databases. Much of the research involves original investigation leading to new knowledge and improved insights into the collections.

The School provides a stimulating research environment in which postgraduates work closely with academic staff. See our list of current Research Students and our Staff List for teaching interests, supervision expertise and research interests.


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