Research & the College

We train like a conservatoire and think like a university. Practice-based research is a vital part of what we do.

As a specialist Higher Education Institution (HEI) a research culture has developed at Rose Bruford College in recent years to reflect the institution’s identity in the key areas of investigation related to acting and performance, design, management and technical theatre. The research is both contemporary and  historical and multicultural and international, with the potential for intercultural performance in both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary contexts. Growing, too, is the College’s ongoing exploration of new theatre technologies and methodologies. Practice-based and scholarly research result in a variety of outcomes (publications, workshops, study days and academic conferences) complemented by research that informs or is the consequence of teaching and learning and productions, or that interfaces reciprocally with the theatre and wider entertainment industries. Student and staff research is often presented at the College's collaborative week-long Symposium that takes place each spring. It is also conducted through our distinctive Research Centres.

The College entered the REF 2014, the Research Excellence Framework that is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. As a result of the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008, the College received Quality-Related research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council of England, which has enabled the establishment and development of a vibrant and sustainable research culture where its opportunities and outcomes are visible to all personnel in the College, and a variety of ‘audiences’ beyond. The research agenda is linked not only to our undergraduate programmes but also to our growing MA Programmes, our unique Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) for performing arts subjects. The continued growth of a research culture at the College is a key elements of the College's Strategic Plan.


For further details see Collections & Archives, Research Centres and the Theatre Futures website.