Engaged research with impact

Our research focus is on creativity, culture and enterprise with established strengths in Art and Design, Music and Performing Arts, Humanities and Creative Writing and Education. We will develop these priority areas and enhance our reputation by increasing external funding, growing postgraduate research and teaching activity, enhancing international partnerships and maximising impact and engagement.  

Research quality and reputation: We will deliver excellence in research.

We will invest in key areas of strength which attract external funding and deliver high-quality research outputs with impact. We will develop strategic partnerships with national and international research collaborators and users. We will be a vibrant and well-connected centre for new ideas with no internal boundaries and an international profile for creativity, culture and enterprise in research.  

Postgraduate research and teaching: We will provide a vibrant postgraduate community.

We will develop and promote our practice-based postgraduate research pathways, forging links with practitioners and across the creative and cultural industries. We will foster a spirit of innovation in all graduate learning opportunities and we will grow out postgraduate student numbers

Public Engagement: We will foster a spirit of innovation and inquiry.

We will engage the public in our research, working with community networks and established partnerships across the creative and cultural industries. We will develop new initiatives in dialogue with stakeholders to maximise the benefits of public engagement and knowledge exchange. We will draw on our research strengths to enhance the quality of our taught provision.

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More about Research at Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is committed to maintain an active research portfolio. This commitment extends to concentrating on our areas of strength while also fostering new research areas. The University has research activity across all of its academic schools with particular strengths, as measured in the independent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014 - see www.ref.ac.uk), in Art and Design, English and Creative Writing, History, Music, and Psychology. The University submitted the research of 74 of its staff in 6 subject based units of assessments: History; Art and Design; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts; and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. The results of the 2014 REF were published in December 2014, and overall the University moved up the overall ranking based on quality of research submitted by 13 places from 102 in 2008RAE to 89th in REF2014.

The University has received research grants and/or doctoral bursaries from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in History, English, Creative Writing, Art and Design, Study of Religions, Geography and Music. The University has also gained research grants from other major national funders, such as the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), The Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Arts Council, and many other charitable or commercial organisations.

Where there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers working together around common themes the University has approved Research Centres and Research Groups. The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the Centres and Groups. Potential PhD applicants should also visit the University's PhD opportunities page.