Research and 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 Research Excellence Framework 2021

After submissions to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014 and to the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, preparations for our submission to REF 2021 are underway. A copy of our Code of Practice for Submissions, which was sent out to all academic staff in 2019 is available to download from this page here.

The Research Excellence Framework is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Further information about the REF can be found at the REF 2021 website.

The continuing development of research at the College is a key element of the College's Strategic Plan, and we are working towards an exciting, diverse and sustainable research culture. Further information will follow on these pages over the coming months. 

Research Integrity 

The College is committed to promoting the highest standards of integrity in the conduct of all research undertaken within the auspices of the institution, and to supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and supported by the development of researchers. We established a Code of Practice for Research Ethics in 2016.

We support the principles of the Universities UK Concordat to support research integrity, the most recent version of which can be found here:

Get in contact 

In accordance with the Concordat to support Research Integrity, the senior member of academic staff responsible for the oversight of research integrity at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is Dr Andrew Walker, Vice-Principal, 

The named member of staff who is the first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity is Nicola Sainsbury, the Research Administrator, Nicola is also the named point of contact for confidential liaison for whistle-blowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under the auspices of the College.  

Annual Statement 

Rose Bruford College research integrity statement.

Code of Practice for research ethics.

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