Welcome to the Research Institute Art & Design
Director - Professor Karen Fleming
The Research Institute for Art and Design (RIAD) was established on 1st October 2004 and later expanded to include research from the new established Belfast School of Architecture. Ten years on, in 2014 Ulster’s Art and Design research at Ulster University is in the premier league of subject research in the UK with an environment for staff and research students that is the REF2014 judged to be 100% internationally excellent and world leading.
A focus on practice and applied research is recognised in over 70% of the Research Institute’s impact peer reviewed to be 'outstanding'. The Unit is ranked 3rd in UK for 4* research and sixth out of the 84 institutions assessed in the REF for Quality Index.
Excellence is combined with supporting research across a range of disciplines and in supporting early career staff and Research Students. Over 37 students completed PhDs in the period 2008-13 and over four and quarter million pounds of research income was secured.
The academic, research staff and students in RIAD focus on 5 interconnected clusters of research that are driven by shared interest in themes that are of value to society, culture and to the economy.
The Research Director has responsibility for the Research Institute including research strategy, resource allocation, staff development, attainment targets, dissemination of information, reporting performance and enhancement of the Institute’s profile within the University and in the national and international research community. In addition to working across the 5 research clusters, researchers are pursuing the application of art, design and architecture research to cross disciplinary problems.
The majority of researchers are based on the Belfast campus with another sizeable group on the Magee Campus. All researcher staff teach on undergraduate and masters programmes and ensure that students learning is at the leading edge of subject research.
Art and Design at Ulster is recognised as a leading n knowledge exchange with industry and in academic enterprise arising from research including knowledge exchange, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), Fusion, consultancy and innovation vouchers.
There is vibrant research student community in purpose built accommodation on the Belfast Campus. At any one time 40 to 50 students rare engaged in research for a PhD. Several decades of experience in groundbreaking art practice methodologies complements historical, theoretical, philosophical and design approaches to research. The University advertises a number of research degree studentships each spring that align to the priority research work of the RI.
The priority topics advertised in the current year can be found at http://www.riad.ulster.ac.uk/artdes_topics.php
Art and Design research takes many forms. Research is published and disseminated through academic formats of books, journal articles and conferences including all-important digital and web publication. A large volume of RIAD research is manifest as practice and is in the public domain in exhibitions, public events, performances. Outcomes of world leading artists who research in RIAD are in many of the world’s leading collections and archives.
Research Publications can be browsed at http://eprints.ulster.ac.uk
- Sign Up for Research Alerts
- Art & Design PHD Topics 2014
- Application for membership to RIAD
- RI Strategic Form
- Internal research funding - guidance notes
- Purchase requisition
- Purchase Plan Document
- Membership Criteria