Real world impact and enrichment of our dynamic, attractive curriculum are central to our Creative and Cultural Practices Beacon. At the heart of our Beacons lies proven success in exploring innovative practice, informed by world-leading and internationally-excellent research.

Our Beacon provides an enabling infrastructure through which students, staff, the University and the wider community can benefit from an enriched context of investment in ideas, analysis, innovation and production.  We engage in research that is relevant to our society, that has real world impact and that supports the University's missions, the Academic Strategy, the student experience, the city and the region.

More information on the Creative and Cultural Practices Beacon can be found here

We have offered AHRC-funded PhD Studentships in Arts and Design from 2004 to 2017.


Arts and Design research groups and centres

CARCuos: the Ceramic Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland  CRUMB: Curatorial Research for Upstart Media Bliss  Design4Science  IIRG: Institute for International Research in Glass
WALK: University of Sunderland's Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge research group  IRCC: International Research Centre for Calligraphy  NEPN: North East Photography Network  space/social space


Media Research Centre

CRMCS: Centre of Research for Media and Cultural Studies


Academic Staff

You can view our academic staff in their teams, or by individual profiles here.