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NUA is at the forefront of exciting and influential research.

Global impact

From universities to museums and galleries, we work with partners from creative and cultural industries around the world to explore the ways art, design, architecture and media contribute to our collective knowledge and understanding of contemporary culture and society.

Research Excellence Framework

Our research challenges conventions, offers new insights and leads to original applications. That’s why the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) classified 90% of NUA’s research as having ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ impact.

Our 2015-2020 University Research Strategy sets out to build on that success, with a focus on new areas of research including Illustration, Film, Games Design, Fashion and Architecture among others, while maintaining our strong reputation for leading research in Fine Art practice, theory, history and curation.

NUA research environment

A vibrant and forward-looking research environment supports subject specialist research at NUA.

World class resources include cutting-edge technologies for practice-based research into moving image and sound, while East GalleryNUA hosts thought-provoking exhibitions that contribute to our research into the interpretation and curation of contemporary art, design, architecture and media.

Exhibitions, events and symposia showcase our research activities. Regular research seminars, critical discussion groups and research forums underpin our research training. Thrice-annual research days bring our whole research community together to debate topical issues and share best practice.


NUA is a founding member of the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST), a network of Universities and Colleges engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research projects and training for research-active staff and students.

Research Degree Supervisors

Find out more about staff currently supervising research at NUA.

Academic Staff Profiles

All academic staff at NUA are practising artists, designers, media makers and academics. Read our staff profiles to find out more about their research and practice.

Research Repository

Visit our online research repository which provides access to a digital snapshot of the research, enterprise and practice generated by research-active staff and postgraduate students. Please note if you are having trouble viewing the online research repository, please try another browser.

Research Excellence Framework 2014


Work with us

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