“We are immensely proud of this research unit's contributions to Research Impact, ranked joint first in the UK for world-leading 4* research and the pride of Ulster in this regard.

It demonstrates the value of the creative sector and its research to society, culture, and the economy.

This research unit achieved these results within an environment which was ranked 1st nationally for in the 4*/3* category leading to an overall profile of 73% world-leading and internationally excellent.

The research unit grew their inclusion of staff by almost 20%.

Their research impact result cements Ulster’s positioning as an impact intensive university with a GPA of 3.48 and 97% of the University’s research impact achieving the 4*/3* threshold.”

Interim Associate Dean R&I Professor Justin Magee

People Involved

“We’re delighted that our research impact, a particular focus for this cycle, has been judged to be joint first in the UK and highest in Northern Ireland (100% outstanding/4*) across two case studies, one on creative technologies and practices empowering musicians with, and without, disabilities, and one on the use of data to drive organisational change in the creative sector.

More broadly, it's been the unit's privilege to influence practice across the UK (via international-level arts institutions including the Barbican, National Theatre, and English National Opera, and via the UKRI Creative Clusters programme), Ireland (at national level in the conservatoire and arts sectors, and with the state broadcaster, RTÉ), Northern Ireland (Arts Council NI and Audiences NI) and the wider European and global spheres.”

Dr Brian Bridges, Research Director

Research Outputs