Research & Publications

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'Towards an Inclusive Arts Education' book cover (Design © Chrissa Amuah 2014)
Image © Chrissa Amuah, 2014

With a stress placed on qualitative research, there is a new and exciting vision for diversity and inclusion, including numerous possibilities emerging for arts research and practice.

Working with Southampton and Cambridge Universities, and across international research settings, new publications will be announced in 2015 on topics including: researching hard to reach groups and using interchangeable research methods in social sciences research and arts research.

RAS (Retain, Achieve, Succeed) and its associated research has pioneered cross disciplinary research and intercultural understandings of the contexts of transformative arts education within the field of inclusive arts research through various publications.

RAS Project Evaluative Report 2013

The RAS Project Evaluative Report 2013 outlined the findings of the 15 RAS research studies and suggested recommendations in terms of issues around the ‘gap’, matters of culture and creativity, improving knowledge around the arts curriculum and diversity.

A summarised version of RAS Project Evaluative Report 2013 is available as a downloadable PDF (see aside), and a full version and individual RAS reports are available from Dr Kate Hatton

Towards an Inclusive Arts Education, Trentham, IOE Press (2015)

A book 'Towards an Inclusive Arts Education’ disseminates some of the RAS findings and conference related papers.

The book was published by IOE Press 2015 with a book launch event on Friday 20 February 2015.

RAS Researchers are continuing to develop their work to publication for book chapters and journal articles.

RAS Researchers 2

The second phase of the RAS Researcher Programme focuses on work by UAL staff who recently completed reports on such themes as: inclusion studies around dyslexia, race and ethnicity, academic support issues, library collections and diversity, access to HE. See full list of project titles below and the abstracts are available as downloadable PDFs (see aside):

  • 'How does social background influence an undergraduate's perception/relationship of their digital literacy ability? - Mark Wells
  • 'Dyslexia, Pedagogy and Identity: a cultural studies perspective' - Melanie Davies 
  • 'Hazy Expectations: collected stories around drawing' - Chris Koning and Ilga Leimanis
  • 'Library Collections and Diversity: part of the problem or part of the solution?' Jessica Crilly
  • 'Reflections' - Lorrice Douglas
  • 'Bringing the Gap: encouraging the precariat into Higher Education' - Jasmine Holland-Gilbert ‌
  • ‘BAME Achievements and the Vocational/Academic divide: literature, ethnographic case studies, perspectives in Higher Education’ - Marco Carbone

The dissemination programme is the first opportunity for RAS Researchers to reveal their findings and discuss with other UAL staff some of the findings and key issues. This discussion is essential to further developments in RAS stipend work 2017-18.