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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.

REF 2014 highlights

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

Explore Design Against Crimes innovative ways of addressing crime prevention through design thinking and practice

Antarctica by Lucy Orta
Antarctica by Lucy Orta

Impact on public awareness of sustainability issues

Discover the work of creative partnership Lucy + Jorge Orta.

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

Sustainable Design

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

Iris, Rob Kesseler

Impact on public understanding of fruit and seed biology

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

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.