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Research strategy

The UAL Research Strategy 2015-2022 was approved in March 2015 and underpins UAL's vision to 'ask original questions and arrive at new insights through the creativity and rigour of our practice and research'.


  1. UAL recognises that excellence in art, design and communication is central to all the University’s work and the support for world leading research in our subject areas will underpin our plans for the future.
  2. Our talented staff create and interpret cultural value in all of its forms. By supporting their work, creating a dynamic research environment and through the enhancement of our extensive knowledge base, we aim to enrich and expand lives, imaginations and sensibilities.
  3. The role of University of the Arts London as a lead institution in its subject area will be enhanced through increasing external understanding of the importance of the arts to wider public concerns.
  4. University of the Arts London’s core subject areas will be given greater visibility and its areas of excellence further enhanced by continuing to support and develop individual and group research through investment in cross-university research centres, hubs and networks; an expanded sabbatical scheme; seed funding for new projects; early career researcher support; enhanced support for external funding bids.
  5. The University will work globally with other institutions and industry partners to develop the intersections of our own fields of knowledge in order to link art, design and communication to those of other distinct specialisms. In this our research will be outward looking, highlighting the importance of art and design for society. Through its collaborative research partnerships, creative enterprise and wide cultural contribution the University will address the following internationally shared research challenges:
  • Living with Environmental Change: through creative practice increasing understanding of environmental change, communicating the issues and designing for new business models, social innovations and sustainable living. Using design to reduce waste and to change producer and consumer behaviours.
  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing: designing for people’s life long economic, social and health impact, in order to maximise societal gains and minimise issues of dependency, isolation, and inequality.
  • Digital Futures: exploring through practice how technology affects lives, changes the way society interacts and impacts on communities, cultural production, future society, and economic growth.
  • Community Resilience: using art and design to support communities in understanding how to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the issues they face, through co-design, co-creation, socially responsive practices and social entrepreneurship.