Research and Innovation
Working across disciplines
Arts and humanities research at Leeds is truly exceptional: our world-class research community is highly collaborative, socially engaged, and at the forefront of our disciplines. Our research reaches across boundaries, working with partners in policy, business, healthcare, charities and the arts, to generate innovative insights and to help address the challenges that shape our world.
We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated quality research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. To achieve this our research is user-led and solutions focused, driven by the needs of our partners and stakeholders.
Read a selection of case studies that demonstrate the impact of research undertaken across the Faculty.
Read about impact on the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute website.
Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute
The Institute initiates and incubates the development of interdisciplinary research across and beyond the arts and humanities. The Institute creates opportunities for collaborative and inclusive working for researchers at every career stage by running training programmes, sharing opportunities, and supporting funding bid development.
The Cultural Institute has three main aims: to increase pioneering research collaborations with creative sector partners, to widen cultural engagement and participation and to build the skills of our students.
We thrive on ideas from the creative and cultural sector and nurture partnership between arts professionals, researchers and students from all disciplines.
Research Excellence Framework
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2021 have highlighted the considerable strength in research across the Faculty.
In the REF – the system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions, along with the environment that supports this research – all of our nine Units of Assessment received ratings which are largely “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.
Research excellence recognised
In 2016-17 our Faculty’s excellence in research was reflected in a high success rate in Arts and Humanities Research Council awards. Nationally, Leeds was:
for the number of applications
for the number of awards
for the value of awards (over £3 million)