Research and Scholarship

Within the context of Leeds College of Art research is investigating; rediscovering or making a new contribution to knowledge in a chosen specialist field of study/practice that is open for scrutiny through peer review.  

Scholarly activity is defined as surveying existing developments in the researchers’ field, these developments may be practiced- based or technical as well as academic or theoretical; acquiring knowledge in order to keep up to date with developments in a specific area.

Scholarship is similar to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) but more involved and focuses on a particular area of field of work, it may involve a number of different activities and goes beyond what is strictly necessary to do ‘the job’.

For any enquiries about research please contact:

Head of Research, Samantha Broadhead on 0113 202 8097 or email

Image: Binary Identities, Rosie Curtis / Steph Bryant,  2013

Research Team

Meet our research team...

Pedagogies Cluster

Researching experience and the ideas around the pedagogy of art and design education.

Crossing Borders Cluster

Exploring national and international links and cross-disciplinary activity.

Technology Cluster

Exploring Art and Technology at the intersection of Society.

Curatorial Cluster

Exploring collaboration and research through archives, practice and exhibition opportunities

HR Excellence in Research

Find out about our self-analysis and action plan to support the career development of researchers.

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