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  • World-leading research

    1st in the UK in our sector by grade point average score (latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014)

Our research

Our top-ranking Department undertakes design research and knowledge transfer with everyday relevance, and that defines new histories and understanding.

A reputation for excellence

Our research excellence has been acknowledged through funding from research councils, charities, learned bodies, government and industry.

We were ranked first in our sector in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Expert peer review confirmed that over 92%  of our research outputs were either "World-leading" or "Internationally excellent". Our research environment was assessed at 80%  "World-leading" and our impact at 70% "World-leading".

Research areas

We are recognised as a centre for research in letterform and type design history and the history of printing processes, including lithography and stencilling. We work with collections to build understanding through physical analysis and interpretation, and reconstruct historical equipment, processes and techniques. Our research in type design has global relevance and contributes to the development of resources that enable computer-based texts for many communities.

Much of our research focuses on how the everyday information that people encounter can be made more usable.

The Centre for Information Design Research (CIDR) is concerned with the theory and practice of designing complex information. It aligns expertise in writing, graphic design, interaction design and psychology, and collaborates with domain experts, such as doctors and public health specialists, educationists, lawyers, and meteorologists.

Our research community

We have a thriving research community of academic researchers, research fellows, post-doctoral research assistants and postgraduate students. We collaborate with partners from industry, museums and galleries, and health and education sectors.


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