cutting edge research at the School of Arts and Communication DesignWe pride ourselves on our high quality and internationally recognised level of research.

Research Assessment

The School of Arts and Communication Design at Reading performed excellently in the most recent RAE (the national Research Assessment Exercise). The submission across the School was independently assessed to be of international standard, with 30% of our research assessed as world-leading (4*) and 35% as internationally excellent (3*). For example, the department of Typography was ranked second in its subject across the UK. The high staff inclusion rate across all departments within the School demonstrates our outstanding and dynamic research environment.

Practice as Research

Across the School, staff are involved in practice-based research, devising theatre and multi-media performances; typographical experts designing fonts and typefaces, art historians curating exhibitions in national museums and artists creating installations and other artworks.

Find out more about our varied research resources and activities:

cutting edge research at the School of Arts and Communication DesignCollections and Resources

We work with collections that the University cares for and conserves, some of which are housed in our buildings. These include:

Centres and Groups 

Staff in the School are involved in a number of different research centres and groups:


Our Departments have a strong history of securing research support for projects from a range of funding bodies, including: AHRC, American Philosophical Society, ESPRC, Leverhulme Trust, Paul Mellon Centre, Arts Council, The British Council, British Academy, British Library Research and Development Department, SEEDA, Henry Moore Foundation, Higher Education Academy, French Ministry of Culture, Microsoft Corporation, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art the Printing Historical Society, Jan van Eyck Academie in Holland and the University of Reading's Research Endowment Trust Fund.

cutting edge research at the School of Arts and Communication DesignEvents

Each Department in the School is involved in a range of difference research events, from conferences and symposia to exhibitions and installations. For example, Art and Film, Theatre & Television have associate partnerships with the ICA in London, through which they have organised a series of conferences. Read more about research events across the School on our department pages:

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Contact Us

School: Email: 

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 6003 (for School Office enquiries only.  For everything else, please contact the relevant department,
see below)





Tel: +44 (0) 118 378 8050


Film, Theatre & Television


Tel: +44 (0) 118 378 4090


Typography & Graphic Communication


Tel:+44 (0) 118 378 8081

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See also

  • Research at the University
  • Consultancy at the University

Our departments

  • Art
  • Film, Theatre & Television
  • Typography & Graphic Communication

RAE 2008

The School of Arts and Communication Design at Reading performed excellently in the most recent RAE (the national research assessment exercise).


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