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Innovation and research

Creativity drives successful innovation. We are proud to offer businesses access to world class research in the arts, design, fashion and media.

UAL has significant experience in collaborative research and innovation activities. We have worked with a variety of partners around the world across a range of industries.

We believe that successful innovation comes from taking a multi-disciplined and values-based approach. We can demonstrate expertise in sustainable design and social innovation, as well as inventive approaches to community engagement and participatory arts. Our experience shows this works – take a look at some of our case studies below.

UAL also hosts one of the world’s leading fashion business incubators as well as leading pioneering projects in wearable and fashion technology.

Case studies

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Fashion Innovation Agency and London College of Fashion

FIA partners the most exciting designer talent in London with the very latest fashion-tech to create ground breaking brand collaborations.

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KTP: Save the Children and LCC

KTPs enable the transfer of academic expertise to address the strategic development needs of a business, and are part government-funded.

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Design Against Crime and Central Saint Martins

Design Against Crime (DAC) research centre has been working with Metropolitan Police, Camden and Westminster Councils, RBS/Nat West and LINK to successfully address issues of ATM crime.