Centre for Research and Development

Image: Working in the CRD space, Grand Parade

The Centre for Research and Development (Arts), or CRD, manages and supports the rich research culture at the University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts, working across creative and performing arts, architecture, design, media and the humanities: visit our Research home page for further information about our research work

The CRD-Arts: Research management and support

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-Arts 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:

  • to encourage productive partnerships;
  • to embrace unpredictability, often intrinsic to original research, as well as encourage rigorous development and conversion of research to economic and social benefit;
  • to support future generations of researchers and their career development;
  • to stimulate the vitality of the research environment by minimising constraints, and continuing to build a responsive, robust and sustainable infrastructure.

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:

  • guidance and support in applying for research funding;
  • monitoring the research performance of individuals, groups and centres;
  • supporting the development of research careers and ensuring the sustainability of our research communities;
  • guidance and support on award and project management;
  • guidance on research ethics; managing the forums through which decisions about research are made in the faculty.
The CRD provides a supportive research infrastructure for the faculty’s research communities. The CRD Team offers funding guidance, mentoring, and support for the development, delivery and dissemination of research projects. Located at our Grant Parade site in the heart of Brighton, we offer a range of office resources and facilities for researchers and visitors, such as rooms for research meetings, seminars or events, exhibition and presentation spaces, and video-conferencing facilities. We can accommodate researchers on study visits and offer hot-desks for visiting staff. Further information on what we offer and how to book

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, Design, Media, Design History and Material Culture, or Writings and Critical Practices. Focusing research alongside themes, missions, and exciting new lines of enquiry, each groups 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.