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Research training and support

There is a range of help and support offered to those doing research across the University and its 6 Colleges.

Research Network UAL (RNUAL)

The Research Network of University of the Arts London (RNUAL) is the platform for all activities open to UAL MPhil/PhD students and is organised on a cross-College basis.

RNUAL courses are also open to students in partner colleges whose research degrees are validated through the UAL Research Degrees Regulations: Arts University College Bournemouth; University College Falmouth, and Norwich University of the Arts.

The RNUAL Programme information for both the Weekly Sessions and the RNUAL Block events can be found on the RNUAL Blackboard site. Students are advised to consult the site on a regular basis to obtain up-to-date information and to access other relevant research study tools. The username and password for Moodle are the same as that used to access student university email accounts.

Students will also receive postings of any major changes or additional opportunities, via email, through the research students email list to their UAL email address. Students are advised to redirect their University email to a personal email address if they intend to use only a single personal email account and remain informed of activities and opportunities available to them as research degree students.

The RNUAL programme offers students access to a rich and varied diet of ideas, research themes, practices and research tools in University's core subjects of art, design and communications, which we hope students will find both exciting and invaluable to their continuing research development.

Dr Lucy Steeds: Convenor of RNUAL Programmes‌

Student representation and quality assurance

Student representation

Research degree student representatives represent the research degree student body at College Research Degree Subcommittee and College Research Committee meetings.

Student representatives are nominated each academic year and can be contacted if you have any concerns or issues that you would like to be brought to the attention of your relevant College committees.

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW)

Deniz Akcha:

Central Saint Martins

Jon Martin:

London College of Communication

Kate Fahey:

London College of Fashion

Stefan Vidler:

If you are interested in becoming either a College or University Research Degree Student Representative, please email:

Student feedback

An annual research student feedback survey is organised by UAL, using the Higher Education Academy's UK survey of Postgraduate Research Student Experience (PRES).

The comments and overall analysis from each annual feedback survey are reported to the University Research Degrees Subcommittee (URDSC) for their consideration and action in the autumn term of the following academic year. Any College/University response is then communicated to students via the research web pages.

The University uses the online PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey), which is run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It is an online anonymous questionnaire and is used by over 70 Higher Education institutions through the UK. The PRES survey is only available every 2 years, in the intervening year Research Support conducts own internal survey based on the PRES template.

The questionnaire is always anonymous but students should be aware that some comments they make may be used as examples in the final report. You may wish to take this into account and speak to the Research Student Team ( if you would not like your comments to be reported in this way.

It is particularly important that students make full use of their Directors of Studies and supervisors as issues arise, and not to rely solely on the annual feedback mechanisms. In most cases these individuals will be the first point of contact for any difficulties. If the problem is outside their scope then they will direct you to the relevant individual or service.

For more information, please visit the PRES website.

Quality assurance

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body, established in 1997.

Its purpose is to 'safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to inform and encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education'.

University of the Arts London is fully committed to maintaining a high standard of support and service to research degree students, and adheres to the Code of Practice for Research Students (Part B, Chapter 11).