Norwich University of the Arts is at the forefront of exciting and influential research: we challenge conventions, offer new insights and create original applications.

Our research was recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 19% of the overall quality of the University’s submission judged as ‘world leading’ and 36% as ‘internationally excellent’.

This result endorses the broader research environment at NUA, which provides staff and students with a rich context in which to experiment, to question and to practice. 

Read the University Research Strategy 2015-2020

Visit our Online Research Repository to search and access research outputs produced by NUA staff.

A vibrant environment

While maintaining our strong reputation for leading research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation, we are fast growing our portfolio in the following areas: Illustration, Games Design, Film, Fashion, Photography, Communication Design and Architecture.

NUA researchers benefit from access to world class resources to support their ambitions and activities. For example, we have studio spaces, specialist workshops, state-of-the-art computing facilities and a digital user testing laboratory (UX Lab).   

East GalleryNUA  forms an important part of our campus infrastructure and is a focus for NUA’s research environment, attracting internationally renowned researchers, practitioners and critics to our community.

Our Library is host to an on-campus archive of Special Collections, offering a wealth of source material for research purposes. The University also hosts the extensive EASTinternational Collection featuring the work of over 700 prominent artists. 

Dynamic programming and events

Throughout the year, the University runs a range of research events and research training opportunities: symposia, seminars, gallery talks, exhibitions and masterclasses to name but a few. Once a term, the whole research community (academic staff and postgraduate research students) gathers to celebrate achievements, discuss critical issues and to share best practice.

We run: a monthly University Research Seminar Series, welcoming a mix of national and international speakers to campus; a Research Fellowship programme for our academic staff to pursue original projects; and, a University Research and Innovation Fellows programme, which enables external specialists to participate in, and enrich, our endeavours. 

Global partners, making a difference

We are committed to generating new knowledge that contributes to contemporary culture, society and public well-being. NUA enjoys working collaboratively with national and international partners and has been successful in securing funding from prestigious stakeholders to support its research and researchers.

Recent, and ongoing, projects have been carried out in partnership with: the Broads Authority; Tate Liverpool; Norwich Castle Museum; West Front Centre, Nieuwpoort; Rotary International; Art Lacuna Gallery, London; Oxford ReLit; Norfolk and Norwich Festival; 14-18 NOW, and the Royal United Services Institute, London.

NUA is proud to be a founding member of CREST (the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training), a flourishing network of Universities and Colleges engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research and training.

Research Excellence Framework 2014


Work with us

We welcome enquiries about applied and collaborative activities and opportunities. If you are interested in working with us, if you have a question, or, if you would like further information about our research and researchers, please contact: