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Arts University Bournemouth's research impacts positively on society, industry and our stakeholders.
AUB’s outstanding results gained from REF 2021 demonstrate our continued desire to grow our research output, showcasing how work from across the creative sectors can have a huge impact on the world; from works of cultural and industrial significance, to that of work protecting and raising awareness for minority and under-represented groups in society.
More than 12 percent of the AUB’s research has now been classed as ‘world-leading’ with a further 42 per cent being classed ‘internationally excellent’, according to REF 2021.
The University’s research activity includes online and digital work, as well as exhibitions, photography, museum curation and published work, and represents research across areas of art and design, performing arts, and film and screen studies.
Through our Research and Knowledge Exchange Plan AUB will expand and deepen research with relevant aligned professions and industries in the UK and overseas. Our international renown in the application of specialist technical knowledge in modelmaking, future fashion technologies and diverse modern materials will be developed through adventurous schemes of knowledge transfer and exchange. Drawing on our unique archives and collections in materials such as plastics we will accelerate interaction with material scientists, environmentalists and industrial designers.
Drawing on our unique assets as a Maker Culture underpinned by high-end, high-impact infrastructure and equipment, and informed by the disruptive possibilities of Industry 4.0, we will create a Lab 4 Creative Technologies (L4CT) that physically and conceptually fuses our workshop expertise and other spatial assets with the ERDF Innovation Studio to create a Creative Technologies House, which will aim to accelerate our collaborative works across design, innovation and technology.
Discover AUB’s Impact Case Studies submitted to REF 2021
Our Research Network brings together a range of researchers, staff, postdoctoral and graduate students develop their common interests...
Our Research Ethics Policy and Procedure document sets out the guiding principles for the development and conduct of research
If you aspire to know your subject in greater depth or make a significant academic contribution, a research degree could be the answer
Research Environment and Culture
AUB has a thriving and exciting research environment. Through prioritised research projects AUB is committed to creating deep collaborations, networks and partnerships and to engaging with diverse communities.
Our Research Plan which supports AUB’s Strategy 2030 aims to expand and deepen research with aligned professions and industries. It aims to:
- invest in new appointments to link research to our creative technological expertise, to realise the potential for global impact and attract funded opportunities for PGR students
- invest in new infrastructure aligned with existing research strengths in creative technologies, to further enhance industry collaboration and knowledge exchange
- continue to build staff research capacity and expertise through strengthening research groupings that are already established (photography, animation and moving image, drawing) and those nascent (digital and creative Dorset)
- secure a pipeline from strongly recruiting master’s courses through to PGR, seeking competitive and collaborative industrial funding for scholarships
The university hosts a number of Research Groups which support areas of research and innovation strengths.
The university also runs a regular series of research and knowledge exchange seminars alongside an annual research conference.