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Impact of UAL Research

UAL academics play a prominent role in the creative culture and economy of the UK, influencing international and national policy and practice, and featuring prominently in the media.

Our research results in creative outcomes that enhance cultural life and impact on a diverse range of beneficiaries. These include museums and galleries, cultural institutions, creative practitioners, manufacturing and business, publishing sector, charitable bodies, scientific community, government, and the general public.

The University is closely integrated with the creative sector in the UK and has successfully demonstrated that academic research can enrich cultural life, enhance public awareness and understanding of major issues, and are of benefit to the creative industries. UAL is a public facing institution with a major role in the cultural life of London, with a presence at events such as Frieze, London Fashion Week and the London Design Festival.

The University submitted 12 Impact Case Studies to Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise in 2014. Half were judged to be world-leading and the rest as being internationally excellent.

Grippa Clip
Design Against Crime (DAC) is a socially responsive, practice-based research initiative, which uses the processes and products of design to reduce all kinds of crime and promote community safety whilst improving quality-of-life.

Addressing crime prevention through design

Find out more about Design Against Crimes innovative ways of addressing crime prevention through design thinking and practice

Antarctica by Lucy Orta

Impact on public awareness of sustainability issues

Discover the work of creative partnership Lucy + Jorge Orta.

Iris, Rob Kesseler

Impact on public understanding of fruit and seed biology

Learn about Rob Kesseler's research into micrographs of seeds and flowers.

Nkiruka Oparah, 2014
Nkiruka Oparah, 2014

Innovation across Art, Science, Design & Technology

Find out about the Science/Art collaborations by Professor Helen Storey.

Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice
Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice

Investigating underrepresented communities with photography and film

Discover how Hunter uses photography and film to investigate underrepresented communities.

Moose on the Loose
The Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) commissions new and innovative research into photography and culture.

Photography as a medium of artistic importance and social relevance

Find out more about PARC research centre, and how they use photography as a medium of artistic importance and social relevance

Model's head and neck in profile wearing a structured cream and brown outfit from BA18

Sustainable Design

Find out about a research project into textile recycling at UAL.

Centre for Drawing
Image courtesy of UAL

The process and functions of drawing as a learning tool

Learn about Professor Stephen Farthing's research into the processes and functions of drawing.

Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies
Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies

Fashion history, theory and practice

Read how Clark, Evans, de la Haye, O’Neill and Uhlirová established a field of academically rigorous fashion research.