At UCA, we're proud to say that research is one of our biggest strengths.

Our vibrant community is home to seven world-leading research centres that span creative disciplines from crafts to design to animation. Meanwhile, our research degrees give graduates an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside renowned creative experts, combining theoretical study and creative practice in an environment that offers industry-grade creative facilities.

REF 2021 Results

Our latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) results make impressive reading.


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UCA is the UK's top specialist art and design University for world-leading research outputs. 


Of our research activity was recognised for its quality internationally (4*, 3* or 2*) 


Of our research was classed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) for its originality, significance and rigour.


115 outputs from 72 researchers were submitted. They included exhibitions, sculptures, ceramics, photographic collections, films, essays, books and reports

UCA Innovation Hub

The Innovation HUB (UCAiHUB) drives Knowledge Exchange (KE) initiatives for UCA within an inclusive environment that inspires our students, graduates, and staff to bring a step change to the arts, technologies, and business for the creative industries.

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