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Researcher support

University of the Arts London courses, workshops and internal structure supports researchers' professional development throughout their careers.

These underpin UAL's commitment to 'The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers'.

UAL also provides early career researcher training and supervisor support training, a research mentoring scheme and sabbatical leave scheme to support staff with their research and projects.

Current UAL Researchers can visit the research section on the staff intranet to get detailed information about these policies and support.

Research standards

The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research. This is to ensure that UAL research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

Staff can find more information on our internal Canvas pages.

Statements on research integrity

Contact for matters related to research integrity: Professor Oriana Baddeley, Dean of Research.

Documents from Funders of Research in the UK

Research ethics

The University is committed to supporting good practice in research and scholarly activity. It considers it to be fundamental that research should be conducted in accordance with ethical principles.

The University's Code of Practice on Research Ethics sets out the guiding principles and outlines the obligations and responsibilities for conducting research in an ethical manner. This document is part of the University's framework for supporting good practice in research.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

UAL is committed to supporting researchers in the development of their careers. It endorsed the Concordat soon after it was published in 2008 which sets out seven principles around which the careers of researchers should be supported. The seven principles are:

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research;
  2. Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research;
  3. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment;
  4. The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career;
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning;
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers;
  7. The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

UAL is formalising its commitment to the Concordat with an application for recognition under the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ scheme. This is a European-level accreditation which recognises the steps that UAL is making to the careers of our researchers and the development of a thriving research community. The Action Plan specifies what UAL will be doing to embed the Concordat further over the next two years.

Research data management

The University is committed to data management as a core scholarly activity and a key element of good research practice. It wholly supports initiatives by Research Councils UK to provide open access to research data and is fully compliant with the EPSRC infrastructure mandates.

The University is responsible for providing  the necessary support to ensure that researchers meet all funder requirements relating to research data. It is continuing to develop a strong framework of training and resources to achieve this aim.

In 2013 the University approved and implemented the UAL Research Data Management Policy 2014 (PDF 110KB)

and launched the UAL Research Data Repository.

UAL policy documents

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

UAL has been placed in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted in the REF 2014.

It is a top 5 research university in its broader peer group and first in the power ranking in the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.

Full results of the REF 2014

Senior Management Team

Senior Research Management Team

College Associate Deans of Research

Research Management and Administration (RMA)

UAL Research Management and Administration (RMA) provides all administrative services related to externally funded research projects, research students, research finances and research communications as well as coordination of the University’s Research Centres.

RMA also supports research Staff Development, the Professoriate and all College/University Research Committees.

Research Student Team

The Research Student team supports all aspects of the Research Degree Programme, providing guidance and support to all University research degree students throughout their time of study, as well as working with the Director of Doctoral Programmes to develop the RNUAL programme of activities to enrich students’ research experience at UAL.

All applications and PhD student affairs for all colleges are handled through this section, including financial support.


Research Communications

The RMA Communications team manages and maintains the research website including researcher web profiles (staff and student) and is responsible for supporting the dissemination of information related to UAL research activity including funded projects, by developing and organising research events, publicising activity via social media channels, producing publications (both digital and print).

It also supports the University's Research Professoriate.


Research Finance

The RMA Finance team ensure that planning and expenditure against research budgets is related to strategic and operational plans, and is compliant with UAL and appropriate external guidelines and regulations.

It oversees, monitors and reports on budgeting, internal finance, auditing, all special project expenditure, full economic costing, and the Principal Investigator Incentive Scheme.

Research Funding

The Research Funding team manages all externally funded research projects and supports researchers in finding potential sources of finance for their projects, drawing up research proposals, preparing costings for a project and submission of applications.

It also manages all ongoing externally funded research projects including periodic and final reporting.


Research Networks

UAL Research Networks provides a cohesive framework of support and development for research centres and builds network collaborations in tandem with a progressive grant award strategy, which focuses upon research strengths at UAL.

The team explores and utilises exciting new models for research project connectivity and grant award development across UAL and with national and international collaborative partners. It supports and manages all Research Centre activities and finances.