The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Research@Central concerns itself with the ways in which theatre is made, analysed and documented across a range of contexts and environments.

Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, introduces Research@Central:

As a constituent College of the University of London, Central supports a dynamic research community of staff and postgraduate research students (PGRS). We have recognised expertise in the areas of acting and actor-training; applied and social theatre; directing, directors, scenography and design; and cultural histories of performance. Crucially, much of this research operates at the intersection with industry and is realised with partners from a range of sectors, including theatres, film bodies, local authorities, NGOs, charities, cultural festivals, and the museum sector. For example, internationally acclaimed, cross art form company, Fevered Sleep are an associate artist at Central – their work combining a commitment to research and innovative artistic practice. REF2014 recognised 39% of our research as 4* and 31% at 3*, highlighting the strengths of a culture that operates at the interface of the university and conservatoire sectors. To find out more about what we’re doing, who we’re working with and how our research makes a difference, look on our projects page.

Some thirty members of teaching staff are research active and there is an MPhil/PhD community numbering almost thirty, in addition to the 230 students undertaking one of a range of taught Masters programmes preparing postgraduates for higher research. Central also hosts Visiting Associate Students who join our active postgraduate community for a period of up to six months, postdoctoral researchers and Visiting Research Fellows.

Central runs two seminar series, Theatre Workings — outward-facing events bringing together renowned practitioners and eminent academics — and the more methodology-driven ‘Practices and Processes’, as well as a range of practice-led events and productions. Central Interviews offer a platform for practitioners and industry professionals to share their own research processes and findings. Recordings of these events are held in the Central archive.

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Bradford College

Bradford College actively encourages staff to engage in scholarly activity, both subject specific and pedagogic.  The forms of activity in which staff engage are diverse, but typically include: action research, applied research, attendance at conferences and colloquia, conference presentations/workshops, consultancy, curriculum development, exhibitions, higher level qualifications, industrial or commercial secondments, subject updating and writing for publication.  Staff also represent the College on subject networks and professional bodies, take part in professional updating and engage in a range of other activities aimed at keeping the College up-to-date on subject area developments and on teaching and learning.

Many of our courses, particularly at Higher Education level, have a research component, and we place importance on the teaching of good research practice. A number of Bradford College staff are engaged in research projects, and have had research published in books and journals on a range of topics.

  • Epicurious: This is our college e-journal produced by our academic staff, and which reflects our various areas of scholarship.
  • Research bulletin: Read about some of our research and scholarly activity in the Bradford College Research Bulletin
  • Internal staff research grants: We run an annual small grants programme to enable staff to explore areas of interest that also help the College develop its teaching and learning practice.
  • Conferences and other events: We hold events that profile research and scholarly activity carried out by Bradford College staff and others. See details 
  • Research ethics: The College has a research ethics policy, procedure and committee, and aims to ensure that students who do research gain a sound understanding of the importance of ethics.
  • Library resources and support: our library staff provide support to College staff and students engaged in research. They can assist with digital search skills, advise on copyright and plagiarism, and provide guidance on writing for publication.
  • Our Textile Archive is an excellent resource for research by our students, staff and external academic and industry researchers. See details 

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Hartpury College and University Centre

Hartpury College and University Centre is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments. Our stunning specialist campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has been working in partnership with UWE since 1997. It is currently working towards ‘Taught Degree Awarding Powers’ with the aim of awarding its own degrees, potentially from September 2018.

Today it has more than 1500 students working towards foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies.

Hartpury also offers A Levels and BTEC Diplomas to more than 1600 full time students, as well as professional courses in leadership and management, teaching and training, animal care, dog grooming, equine studies, land-based studies, first aid and health and safety.

Hartpury is the world’s largest equine education establishment, hosting three international equine events, and regularly wins national titles in rugby and football as well as rowing, golf, modern pentathlon and netball.


Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University’s vision is to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through inspirational teaching and research, the University transforms students’ lives. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens. Three principles underpin the University’s vision: we are ethical, we are academically led, and we are focused on all our students acquiring the distinctive set of Bath Spa attributes.

In 2017, Bath Spa will celebrate 12 years as a university, 70 years of teacher education at Newton Park and over 160 years of teaching.

The University has been named by Which? as one of the top five creative universities in the UK, with around 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. Over 94 per cent of graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating, and many are successful freelancers, entrepreneurs or are employed in different companies across many sectors.

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Falmouth University

Established in 1902, Falmouth University has evolved from art school to creative innovation hub. It’s ranked as the UK’s number one University in the arts and creative industries.

The University now has nearly 4500 students from foundation level, to PhD.  They are drawn from over 100 countries around the world, as well as closer to home with nearly 15% of Falmouth students coming from Cornwall.

They benefit from world-class teaching and state of the art, industry standard facilities. Falmouth University has identified three strategic themes for research: the digital economy, sustainable design and creative, connected communuites. Both through its research and teaching, the university aims to play a major role in the economic regeneration of Cornwall while helping graduates into great jobs.

Across all the disciplines taught at Falmouth, the university’s key aim is to provide its students with the skills to launch their careers and with the entrepreneurial confidence to turn their ideas into a commercial success.

Over recent years the creative industries have enjoyed rapid change, becoming the UK’s highest growth sector, which makes this the ideal time to consider a creative future.

Southampton Solent University

Research at Southampton Solent is applicable to the public and private sectors including the maritime industry, voluntary services, sport, health, education, the creative industries and society. It seeks to contribute to the many different debates and issues that we are facing within a knowledge-based economy and fast changing global environment. Our research and enterprise activities inform change and have visible impact, in local, national and international arenas.

Research clusters and groups

We are keen to encourage colleagues to work collaboratively, perhaps to accelerate development or to address emerging challenges. The diversity of our research clusters and groups underpins a rich array of research at Southampton Solent University. Our activities lead to important developments in key sectors, and our researchers are keen to build relationships with businesses and the community.

Postgraduate research studies

We value our postgraduate research students and enable them to develop the wide range of skills needed to succeed in their individual studies and enhance their career prospects. With research as the basis of the doctoral education, our students develop the technical and intellectual abilities needed to work at the forefront of knowledge. We offer discipline-focused training, collaboration on live projects with industry partners, and the fostering of student-led initiatives. We are fully committed to supporting our doctoral students in their personal and professional development.

York St John University

The academic strategy at York St John University promotes interdisciplinary research and aims to develop critical mass in areas of research strength in  each of its four disciplines. The key aims of the institution are to attract increasing numbers of PhD students, research-active staff and external research funding to develop a research culture which will secure a national and, ultimately, an international research reputation.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), thirty per cent of York St John University’s submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The University has made a major leap forwards in its research performance since the last time it was evaluated in 2008 with significantly higher ratings across all submitted subject areas. The number of Units of Assessment which York St John University submitted work in has grown from seven subject areas in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, the predecessor to the REF) to nine in the 2014 REF, with the number of staff submitted increasing by 50 per cent. The University has supervised research degree students since 1994 and was awarded Research Degree Awarding Powers in 2015.

For more details on research visit the York St John University website

Writtle University College

Writtle University College has been established since 1893 providing services to agriculture and the land based sectors. The University College has a tradition of successful Postgraduate Research Students that have graduated with studies focusing on land-based, environmental, animal science and art and design.

The University College can offer a number of exciting bespoke postgraduate research degrees tailored to individuals’ needs and interests. Some of the areas of broad study areas available include:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Biology
  • Art and Design
  • Conservation Management
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Architecture

Writtle University College have also set up a number of centres as part of the drive to achieve excellence in its research and education activities. These include the Centre for Equine and Animal Science (CEQAS), the Centre for Exercise and Health and the Writtle School of Design (WSD).

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is committed to producing high quality research with impact across all its subject areas and expect and support our academic staff to engage in research and knowledge transfer. At the same time, the institution wishes to develop and enhance areas of national and international excellence through its  Research Centres and Groups.

The University has a strong focus on applied research, reflecting the professional and practice-based strengths of several of its academic Institutes and Research Centres; research which, through its application, will have significant impacts on the practice of teachers, health professionals, coaches, managers and artists.

Each of the University of Worcester’s six academic departments includes active researchers who are experts in their field:

The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution that offers excellent programmes of study sustained by teaching and research of the highest quality.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise no less than 75% of our research was deemed to be of international standard or above. The quality of our research led Times Higher Education to describe us as a ‘rising star’ of university research.

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