The Centre for Research and Development (Arts), or CRD, manages and supports the rich research culture at the University of Brighton's College of Arts and Humanities, working across creative and performing arts, architecture, design, media and the humanities: visit our Research home page for further information about our research work.
Staffed by a professional and well-qualified team and senior Professorial leads, the CRD pursues an explicit strategy of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, inter-relating critical theory, contemporary practices and their histories. The structure has generated fresh fields of interdisciplinary enquiry, and stimulated insights that question current practices and foster new understandings.
Organising the university's major investment in research careers, in people, specialist scholarly resources and the research infrastructure, the CRD is able to increase the effectiveness of research development and funding, recently diversifying sources of income to include a broader range of funding from the EU, charities and other funding bodies such as Arts Council England, as well as improving the rate, number and quality of funding applications to Research Council UK.
As it further increases the efficiency of research organisation within the arts and humanities, the CRD's system of Research Initiatives, can guarantee the best use of resources to foster new thinking, develop emerging careers, and support impactful research excellence across teams and individuals.
Our pursuit of research excellence has been guided by four principles:
Investment in research initiatives includes: a sabbatical scheme providing 3 - 6 months of research leave; ‘Rising Stars’ scheme to support early career researchers with individual awards of £10k; Research Challenges and Innovation Schemes; Doctoral Studentships; Proposal.Net, a training scheme for writing research grant applications; Research Grants Support Panel to mentor the development of proposals; The Future’s Bright annual conference for early career researchers.
Established in 1998, the CRD is among the UK’s leading centres for high quality interdisciplinary research in the arts, design and humanities. Its key objective is to lead and enhance the Faculty's research culture, and it is designed to bring together its research communities. The CRD’s functions include:
The Doctoral Centre is a key unit within the Centre for Research and Development and holds a key role in leading the faculty’s postgraduate research and doctoral provision, building a lively and stimulating community and providing research training for students and supervisors (internal and external). The Doctoral Centre has a dedicated administrative team and is responsible for organising research days and specialist seminars. Working with the Brighton Doctoral College, it oversees the registration, supervision, progression, quality assurance and examination of doctoral students, and manages the university’s accreditation of research degree provision at University College of the Creative Arts.
Our research initiatives, centres and groups provide hubs for research within specific areas such as Arts and Performance Practices, Memory, Culture and History-making,; Philosophy and Politics, Design, Media, Design History and Material Culture, or Writings and Critical Practices. Focusing research alongside themes, missions, and exciting new lines of enquiry, each group organises seminars, conferences and events, promoting dialogue, contributing to and generating publications.
Our archives and collections are thriving hubs for research in the fields of Design, Design History, early Film History, and Archival Practices; they also provide a key resource for academics and students.