Research and Innovation
Leeds is recognised as a global centre for research in the arts and humanities, achieving 54th in the world for Arts and Humanities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022) and with a consistent record of performing exceptionally in UK measures of quality, excellence and impact. As one of the largest and most diverse arts and humanities faculty in the UK, our research projects range widely by period, geography and theme but are united by their focus on innovation, academic rigour and global reach.
- School of Design
- School of English
- School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
- School of History
- School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
- School of Media and Communication
- School of Music
- School of Performance and Cultural Industries
- School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
- Institute for Medieval Studies
- Inter-discplinary Ethics Applied Centre
School of Design
We are committed to interdisciplinary research across all areas of Design from investigating the latest trends to developing new design ideas to benefit society.More
School of English
Our research interests span centuries, cross continents, and bridge disciplines. We blend theory with practice, and work closely with both subject areas across the University and cultural organisations nationwide.More
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Our research brings together the studies and practice of fine art, art history, cultural studies, and museums, galleries and heritage.More
School of History
As a large and diverse School, our research span is broad. Our research covers a wide range of historical periods, geographies and themes.More
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
We conduct world-leading research into human languages, cultures, and societies past and present.More
School of Media and Communication
We're a leading centre for media and communications research, collaborating with academic institutions, the public sector and media industries, both in the UK and across the globe.More
School of Music
We bring together scholars, performers, and composers. Our research clusters provide a creative academic context for PhD student supervision, collaborative research and impact building, and they also identify key themes within our research: Music as Culture; Music and Science and Making Music.More
School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Our research takes a critical and applied approach to exploring the role that performance and the arts play in the creative, cultural and social aspects of society.More
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Our researchers form a strong and diverse community and work with a wide range of organisations from global organisations to community groups.More
Institute for Medieval Studies
We undertake a wide range of interdisciplinary research spanning the middle ages and encompassing a variety of key themes.More
Inter-discplinary Ethics Applied Centre
Our diverse interests and professional connections enable us to produce research of immediate and global relevance.More
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.
Leeds is committed to working across disciplines to help tackle global challenges in areas including culture. Find out more about how the Faculty views global challenges through a cultural lens.
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.
Explore our research projects to find out more.
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)