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UOA 63 - Art and Design

RA5a: Research environment and esteem



This is the University’s first return to the Art and Design sub-panel, reflecting a substantial growth in numbers of research active staff in this area since RAE2001. Increased activity in art and design research has been supported by the consolidation of the Art and Design Research Centre within the Adelphi Research Institute for the Creative Arts and Sciences, which was formed in February 2003 (see Key researchers in art and design were returned to RAE2001 with the 6* rated Built Environment submission (Cooper, Davey, Sermon, and Sterry) and of these, all but Cooper are returned in the present submission. 


The twenty two members of staff submitted in this return have multi-disciplinary backgrounds (in both practice and theory) and engage in a wide spectrum of activity across art and design research. Major achievements over the census period include:


  • The creation, development and consolidation of both the Art and Design Research Centre with its established research groups and the Adelphi Research Institute for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
  • £2.7m of secured funding from a variety of external sources (including the EPSRC, the AHRC/B, the Design Council, the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the EU) across a range of projects and in all areas of art and design delivery.
  • Notable major projects including ‘Vivacity’, ‘Design Against Crime’, ‘Design 2020’ and ‘Design Drivers’, together with a wide-range of exhibitions, residencies, commissions, and collaborations.
  • A wide range of key outputs in the field including books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and art reviews.
  • The appointment of three professors (Sermon, Sterry, and Williams) to strengthen research leadership around the core areas of theory and practice.





The research strategy and its operation

The development of art and design research during the assessment period was integral to the University research policy outlined in its Strategic Framework 2005-2015, namely ‘to sustain and develop selective areas of research excellence with a particular focus on current and emergent ‘real-world’ issues and multi-disciplinary perspectives’. The University is committed to creating visible foci for research activity in art and design, encouraging new directions and research relationships. Examples include our engagement with telematics and telepresence (Sermon) interactive arts and new media narratives (Fuchs), Design Against Crime, (Davey and Wootton), Design for the 21st Century (Williams), Asialink2006 (O’Brien and Williams), Sound Art (Lemke), engaging communities and widening participation (Haywood, Clements and Ingleson), user consultation in design briefing for Arts buildings (Sterry), digital performance (Oliver), and digital photography (Giles). 


Our primary focus has been to progressively increase research activity in art and design and to provide support and encouragement for staff new to research. This objective is supported by an annual research appraisal where performance is graded across a range of indicators and targets set for future activity. This appraisal is then linked to a workload balancing model, which ensures that staff who are research active have sufficient time to develop their research activities. 


Our future plans include the continuation of focused mentoring, updated publicity and marketing, a newsletter, and research seminars. We will also facilitate new research groups as there are currently developing research interests in communication design, and teaching and learning in art and design. 


We will continue to promote opportunities for external bidding and developing collaborative research projects across our research groups, for example, a bid to the AHRC’s ‘Beyond Text’ initiative will link research in creative technology, heritage, and sound art. We will extend present University collaborations and projects to other research groups, such as the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, the Centre for Virtual Environments and the Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu). There are a number of synergies that will be exploited here, in creative technology and ‘second life’ digital design (Sermon, Fuchs), user research linked to design in the construction industry (Sterry), and arts in the built environment (Lyons, Randall). 


Our early career researchers are important for the sustainability of our research culture and we will help them enhance their research profiles and further their national and international presence by careful monitoring and support. A sabbatical scheme provides a semester’s research leave for established researchers. 


Strategies for the recruitment of high quality post-graduate researchers include collaborative projects, research bids and enhanced publicity via our website. Training to extend our range of supervisors is underway.


We also plan to develop further entrepreneurial opportunities for research such as the continuing development of the ‘Design for Crime Solution Centre’ (in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and the European ‘Designing Out Crime’ Association) and the ‘Design 2020’ project and the establishment of a Design Policy Unit. 


The University is planning a new arts and media building within Campus and a development in Media City on Salford Quays, adjacent to the BBC’s relocation, both of which will be a catalyst for showcasing and promoting art and design research. 


Sustainability of the research environment

Strategic plans for research are projected for five year cycles and reviewed annually, ensuring a long term focus and appropriate responsiveness. We promote art and design research activity, internally and externally, and aim to maximise the evolving synergies between research, teaching and learning, and academic enterprise. A number of new academic appointments have been made, with the continued development of an evolving research culture in mind, including Garfield, Lemke, Ingleson and Clements (visual arts), ‘Wigan’ Williams (graphic design), Westgarth (heritage), Gould (creative technology) and Collins (design management). Distinct but complementary research groups provide a supportive infrastructure and framework for both projecting and sustaining the research culture; meetings of research groups are held regularly with events throughout the year showcasing research talents. 


All research active staff are alerted to new research opportunities and information on a regular basis through the University Funding Team and the Research and Graduate College (RGC) ( Staff development sessions are available on many aspects of research development and enhancement, such as ‘How to build a research profile’, and ‘Managing your research project’. Induction programmes for new staff include sessions on the research culture and structures of the University.


Research grant applications and other forms of income 

Support for research bidding is offered by the University Funding Team, which provides specialist advice (for example, on European funding) and is dedicated to securing additional resources from key funding agencies. Procedures and administrative support for research grant applications are designated by the RGC, which provides help and advice on all contractual aspects of bids, such as budgeting, fEC, and ethical approval. The RGC also has dedicated funds to support travel, conference attendance and networking. Many art and design researchers have benefited from this, in particular for national and international travel funds and purchase of equipment. Four early career staff secured Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships (Leighton, O’Brien, Spruce and Evans) an award which involves a £2000 bursary. 


Research grants totaling over £2.7m have been secured during the assessment period from a diversity of sources including the EPSRC, the AHRC/B, the Design Council, the Arts Council, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’S), the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the EU. 


Key projects include: 


       £30,000 Design Council award - ‘Design Management in Government Departments’ (completed 2001)

       £147,342 EPSRC award – ‘Design Drivers- Integrating Technology with New Product Development’ (completed 2003)

       £260,000 for two AHRC Fellowship awards in the Creative and Performing Arts (completed 2006/2007)

       £145,000 Design Council award - ‘Design Against Crime’ (Phase 2) (completed 2004)

       £73,000 EPSRC award - ‘TACITUS – a Software Environment Supporting Manufacturing Assessment and Improvement’ (completed 2002)

       £80,000 EPSRC award - ‘Future Scenario for Distributed Design’ (Completed 2004) 

       £141,000 EU AGIS award – ‘Secure Urban Environment by Design’ (completed 2006)

       £88,000 EU award - ‘A European Resource Directory for the Design of Secure Urban Environments’ (completed 2006)

       £1,370,063 of £2,910,012 EPSRC award - ‘Vivacity2020 – Urban Sustainability for the Twenty four Hour City’ (to 2008)

       £121,000 AHRC ‘Family Visitors to Museums’ (completed 2006)

       £121,967 of £342,993 AHRC award - ‘Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts’ (completed 2007)

       £212,553 of £320,893 AHRC award - ‘Design 2020’ (to 2008)


This stream of research funding has not only resulted in economic benefit but also contract researchers, PhD students, equipment and support staff. Senior staff have gained valuable experience in bidding and project management and give guidance to those seeking funding for the first time.


In addition to research grants and contracts there is close collaboration with commercial activities whereby income is generated and research conducted as part of academic enterprise AE activity. For example, Asialink is a £200k EU funded collaboration of industrial partners, researchers, academics and postgraduate students with China and other Asian countries (completed 2006). A subsequent design conference D2B ‘design2business’ was held in Shanghai, in 2006, and another is planned for 2008 in Beijing. A special edition of the ‘Design Management Review Journal’, ‘East-West Perspectives on Design Management Issues’,  developed from papers presented at the D2B Shanghai conference, has been co-edited by O’Brien, Sterry and Williams and will be published in late 2007.





Support and training for research staff

An annual research appraisal feeds directly into the University’s workload balancing model and generates time for research. Full members of the Art and Design Research Centre can access research funding from the Adelphi Research Institute for conference attendance and other support. We develop staff new to research via mentoring procedures aimed at guidance and support to enable them to develop a research profile. For example, Rooney, Lockwood and Wilkie, as embryonic researchers, have benefited from one-to-one guidance in achieving successful abstract submissions, conference presentations and subsequent peer reviewed papers. Financial support is available to enable new researchers to attend conferences and networking events. Several staff are supported for PhD study (Thomas, Fuchs, Partington and Hands (completed)), MPhil (Lemke), and Masters degrees (Rooney). 


Other mechanisms used to encourage research interaction include an annual programme of regular school research seminars (open to all), and input from visiting professors. Research days and workshops are also organised via the Adelphi RI and RGC, and activities such as ‘preparing research bids’, ‘writing refereed papers’, ‘supervisor training and the supervision of postgraduate students’. Information Services Division underpins and supports all research needs including library facilities, electronic resources, training and remote access. Full members of Research Groups are registered with SEEK (the Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge), an on-line database of research expertise, outputs and activities.   


Since the last RAE a number of research active staff have progressed to new appointments. Cooper (in post to June, 2006) is internationally renowned for her work in design management. She was the founding director and chair of the Adelphi RI, the Art and Design Research Centre, the European Academy of Design, the founding editor of the Design Journal and the co-director of the £3m EPSRC funded Salford Centre for Research and Innovation in the Built and Human Environment (SCRI). Evans (to Oct, 2006) is a lecturer in product design whose research activities centred on design futures and new product development. Hands (to Feb 07), is a lecturer in design management and was co-organiser of the D2B Asialink conference in Shanghai. Dixon (to Jan 2005) is a prominent researcher in the field of digital performance, and associate editor of ‘Performance Arts and Digital Media’ (intellect journals). He has continued to collaborate with Fuchs and Sermon on telematic performance projects. Hemment, an AHRC Research Fellow in Creative Technology from 2003 to 2006, focused on mobile media and surveillance. 


A number of new appointments have subsequently been made, including three internal promotions to chairs in creative technology (Sermon), design and heritage (Sterry), and design management (Williams). Sermon leads the Creative Technology Research Group, Sterry is Director of the Art and Design Research Centre, Deputy Director of the Adelphi RI, Associate Head for Research, and leads the Design and Heritage Research Group. Williams is Associate Dean for Academic Enterprise and leads the Design and Innovation Research Group. Other appointments include Wootton (lead researcher with Davey on the ‘Design Against Crime’ initiative and is Co-Director of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre), Garfield, Clements and Ingleson (visual arts), Lemke (sound art), ‘Wigan’ Williams (graphic design),Collins (design management), and Gould (creative technology). 


Support and training for associates, fellows and research students 

Research students are managed through the Adelphi RI and RGC and funds are available to each student for conference attendance, travel and visits. All PhD students sign a learning agreement, detailing research management arrangements with their supervisor. All PhD students have a second supervisor and a mentor. Progress is monitored regularly by a formal quality process. 


A University–wide Director of Graduate Studies provides a supportive environment and quality assurance for all research student interests. Library facilities include a specialist librarian and an extensive collection of material in art and design. The Salford, Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) offers regular seminars and research training. There are opportunities to present work at an annual inter-disciplinary two-day postgraduate conference (SPARC) organised by the research student committee and the RGC. In 2005, for example, the theme was ‘Perspectives in Conflict’ resulting in published papers edited by Salford students; in 2006 the theme was ‘Authenticity’ with delegates from across the UK, Europe and the USA presenting 29 papers across 13 panels. 


Other research activities

An exposition of PhD research, ‘Reflexions’, by students from the Robert Gordon University, the University of Salford and Sunderland University was presented at Salford in 2005. The exposition formed part of an AHRC funded project to extend the provision of practice-led doctoral research training in art and design (Davey). A similar joint collaboration took place with MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) (Davey) Adelphi also hosted an AHRC funded workshop on ‘Creativity in Collaborative NPD’ in 2007, as part of a seminar series held in conjunction with the Universities of Manchester and Westminster (Williams). Current external collaborations include the AHRC funded Research Engine for Art and Creative Technology (REACT) research community and collaborative postgraduate training scheme with MMU (Sermon). We retain strong links with the Built and Human Environment group within Salford University (Sterry) and with widening participation projects within a local and regional context (Haywood, Ingleson, Clements). Sterry is a member of the extended management group for the Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) and a named investigator on the 2006/7 EPSRC £5m renewal award for the Salford Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC). 


The Art and Design Research Centre has delivered a number of KTPs including Devatap (2), Salford Royal Hospitals, Canon Hygiene, CSE Space Management, Hughes Safety JPM Resources and Up and Running, which are all challenging ‘real-world’ projects run in collaboration with academics and regional businesses. 





The intellectual infrastructure

The University’s research culture is directed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and supported by the work of the RGC. Research is delivered through nine multi-disciplinary Research Institutes (RI’s) with active researchers as full members. Each RI has its own funding and administrative support. All RIs form part of the RGC which has responsibility for all research and post-graduate activity in the University and determines overall research strategy.


The Art and Design Research Centre is a member of the Adelphi RI; both were developed and shaped over a number of years by Cooper and other senior researchers in art and design. The Art and Design Research Centre is currently led by Sterry and comprises 30 research-active academic staff. All are engaged in a range of innovative creative practice in art and design and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation and activity linked to curriculum delivery. Art and Design research in Salford is therefore both distinctive and multi-disciplinary. It is organised via four research sub-groups: ‘Creative Technology’, ‘Design and Innovation’, ‘Design and Heritage’ and ‘Contemporary Arts Practice’. 


The following provides a summary of our distinctive research fields and a brief comment on the range of work that each carries out in order to provide a sense of Salford’s role in shaping national and international research agendas in art and design (full details of members, groups and projects can be found at


Creative Technology Research Group 

(Professor Sermon, Fuchs, Giles, Oliver)


Formed in 2000, the Creative Technology Research Group led by Sermon emerged from a wide array of new media research activities. The core emphasis of this group centres on redefining and developing digital and electronic technologies and concepts for creative arts, applications and solutions that enhance human interaction and cultural engagement. Through its range of activities from interactive media arts and performance to virtual environments and artificial life experiments, this research group locates itself at the forefront of its field. Current research activities are located in the areas of telematics, telepresence, interactive arts, new media narratives, digital performance and sonic arts. Collaborative projects have been undertaken with the Salford Centre for Virtual Environments, the Centre for Robotics and externally with the ‘Futuresonic’ international festival of electronic media arts (20004/05/06).


Projects for members of this group include a series of interactive art installations and artworks (Sermon); the utilisation of computer game engines to creatively deconstruct game stereotypes and to translate images, texts and sound objects into spatial structures and navigable virtual environments (Fuchs); digital mediated performance (Oliver); and 24 hour panoramic digital photography (Giles).


This group is well placed to respond to the BBC move to Salford Quays and the proposed MediaCity. 


Design and Innovation Research Group

(Professor Williams, Collins, Davey, O’Brien, Thomas, Wootton)


The Design and Innovation Research Group formed in 1991 is currently led by Williams. Its research focus includes design management, product and industrial design, design for the built and human environment, sustainability in design, new product development and innovation, socially responsible design and design and manufacture. Group members are engaged in a range of leading-edge projects including those that address issues surrounding ‘socially responsible design’—the use of design and ‘design thinking’ to address social problems and benefit society. 


The £3m EPSRC funded VivaCity2020 project is a 5-year research project (started in 2003) was developed by the Sustainable Urban Environments consortium (including the University of Salford, University College London, Central St. Martins, London Institute and Sheffield Hallam University, and 30 partner organisations) and will deliver practical tools and resources to support sustainable and socially responsible urban design decision-making; the ‘Design Against Crime’ project and the development of the ‘Design Against Crime Solution Centre’ (Davey and Wootton); the 2006 EPSRC funded ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Infrastructure for Tourism and Urban Regeneration’ project (InSITU) (Davey); the 2006 AHRC award ‘Design 2020’ in collaboration with the University of Lancaster which is researching the challenges facing UK design consultancy and the design industry over the next decade (Williams). 


Design and Heritage Research Group 

(Professor Sterry, Leighton, Westgarth, ‘Wigan’ Williams, Rooney, Wilkie)


The Design and Heritage Group was formed in 2002 and is led by Sterry. The group’s interests fall into five distinct areas of research: an exploration of the contemporary formation, interpretation and presentation of heritage as creative spaces and designed environments; an engagement with visitors and users of designed heritage environments to inform design decision making; the management and marketing of heritage; designing for heritage environments (including the use of graphic design, branding for museums, interactive technology, and virtual representations of heritage); and the context of heritage as a catalyst for urban regeneration and reconstruction whereby both design practice and theoretical issues merge. 


Research activity includes collaboration with leading museums and galleries such as the V & A (Sterry, ‘Wigan’ Williams), Tate (Rooney), Stackhouse Gallery, NY and Centre Pompidou (‘Wigan’ Williams), Sheffield Millennium Galleries (Sterry), the National Football Museum and SS Great Britain (Leighton) and with arts venues and theatres such as the Lowry, Haymarket and the Contact Theatre (Sterry). ‘Wigan’ Williams’s ‘Thinking Visually’ series of books are now recommended key texts for undergraduates studying graphic design. Embryonic researchers in this group are establishing a research profile in museum branding (Rooney), in museology  (Westgarth), and in cultural identity (Wilkie). Cross-centre research activity is buoyant with a joint digital research project in technology and heritage (Fuchs and Leighton), and design briefing for performing arts buildings (Sterry and Barrett (BuHu RI), and the University of Cambridge).


A major AHRC bid was submitted in 2007 in collaboration with Techniquest, Interactive Science Centre, Cardiff (Sterry) to address issues of widening participation in interactive environments.


Contemporary Arts Practice Research Group 

(Randall, Clements, Fletcher, Garfield, Haywood, Ingleson, Lemke, Lyons, Rangasamy)


This group of practitioners and theorists led by Randall, participate in a broad range of making and practice, curatorship, critical writing and arts administration, and with a belief that contemporary arts practice is a key driver of social and economic importance. Research focuses on the environment and site-responsiveness, social inclusion and cultural collaborations, and industry and enterprise partnerships. Themes frequently overlap with practice in the areas of public art, regional growth and regeneration, and with social inclusion projects. 


Widening participation and community-based arts projects in the North West form a solid focus within this group, as is exemplified by the work of Haywood, Clements, Ingleson and Lyons (whose recent community focused sculpture ‘The Clasp’, has stimulated a fresh approach to moulding and model making for iron casting). 


Rangasamy, as Chair of the SHISHA group of Asian artists, promotes a critical discourse on the diversity of practice between traditional and contemporary hierarchies of fine art, folk and craft practice for Asian visual arts and crafts. The work of Lemke, explores the use of sound as a sculptural medium for the interpretation of locations and international collaboration with musicians, visual artists, poets, dancers, scientists, performers and filmmakers in Europe, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Garfield explores critical debate in both practice and theory of identity formation, and cultural identity drawing out the complexities in relation to race, class and gender in contemporary Britain.


The wider context of the research infrastructure

Members of the Art and Design Research Centre are networked regionally, nationally and internationally with collaborative projects with other institutions, industrial partners and museums and galleries. We are members of the Cumulus network of European academic institutions in art, design and media. We have sector specific community links and engage with a number of socially inclusive projects embracing widening participation, and continuing professional development. Members are proactive within the Creative Capital Group, the Arts Unit, the Widening Participation Group, and in the Northern Edge Creative Industries Initiative. 


We have a number of Visiting Professors and research fellows including Professor John Langrish (design research), Harold Riley (artist), Dick Peterson (design management), Richard Adams (multimedia), Raimundo Aires (architect) Saeid Madjidi (design research) and David Raffo (industrial design).


The operational infrastructure

Research facilities in Art and Design include dedicated and recently refurbished spaces for researchers and PhD students, fully equipped with computing facilities, printers, access to the University network and the internet. Media technicians and workshops are available to support practical work and researchers can access the extensive IT computer suites on site for both Macs and PCs. Researchers also have access to a new £1.25m development, the ‘Think Lab’, which enables them to use leading communication technologies linking research ideas to industry and the wider community and to the Centre for Virtual Environments (CVE) facilities. 


Beyond Salford’s extensive University library facilities, staff and students can use all the Northwest libraries including John Rylands, the Central Library and the All Saints library at MMU. In addition, there are subject specific archives on site that are much used by students, such as the heritage archive and visitor/audience research archive.





The following represents evidence of esteem not covered in previous sections:




Honours, prizes, awards

Davey and Wootton were winners of the Hornsby Cup (2006) for best article,  ‘Designing Against Terrorism’, Engineering Designer Journal, (2005). Collins won the best article award at the British Academy of Marketing conference (2007).  Sermon was a nominee at the World Technology Awards (2005). Thomas received an EPSRC award in 2005, from the ‘Educating Designers for Global Citizenship programme’ seminar series award which brings together design educators, academics and practitioners, from India, Brazil and Southern Africa, the UK, Spain and Finland. It provides a unique opportunity for a global interchange of ideas, and contributes to the discourse on design in a ‘third world’ context. Randall has completed a number of large scale public art commissions in the built environment collaborating with architects, landscape architects and engineers, three of which have won national awards.


Artists residencies, exhibitions and commissions

Residencies since 2001

Taiwan(Sermon); Perth, Australia (Sermon, Randall); Barcelona, Grizedale Forest and Anglesey (Randall); Bielefield, Germany (Lyons).



A Teleporter Zone for The Evelina Children’s Hospital in London which enables patients and family members the opportunity to be ‘transported’ from the confines of the hospital to imaginary and fantastical virtual worlds (Sermon with Fuchs) (2006); Randall’s commissions investigate the nature of time through the dual preoccupations of archaeology and alchemy, and recent projects have involved collaborations with scientists and industrial processes. Examples include process-based research in industry (Magnesium Elektron), museums (Wollaton Hall, Nottingham), sculpture (Irwell Sculpture Trail) and A13 Artescape Public Art Project, Barking. Rooney was commissioned to re-brand Bury Art Gallery (2005) (winning design included in EULDA, Book for European Logo Design, 2006). Garfield was invited to contribute to the Arts Council funded catalogue of 2007 exhibition at Sainsbury’s Art Centre.



Randallhas produced a number of exhibitions including ‘Light Matter’ at The Lowry Arts Centre (2003); ‘Secrets and Lives’ at the Yard Gallery, Nottingham 2005; ‘Twins’, Stadt Kunsthaus, Bocholt, Germany (2006); and ‘Ex Voto’ MNAUP, Porto, Portugal (2006). Sermon has participated in over 20 international exhibitions since 2001, including ‘At home with Jacques Lacan’ an interactive art installation for the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) Australia (2004), Ars Electronica, Singapore (2007) and ‘FEEDBACK’ at The LABROL Museum, Spain (2007). ‘Ars Electronica’ Linz, The MIT Press, Siggraph USA, ‘The International Symposium of Electronic Arts’ - ISEA, The ZKM Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe and The Inter-Communication Centre, Tokyo (Sermon, Fuchs, 05/06/07). Fuchs has exhibited extensively, including installations at ‘Transmediale’ Berlin (2006) and ‘ISEA’ Helsinki (2004). Leighton initiated the development of the ‘Mills and Looms’ exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (in collaboration with the Centre for Heritage Studies and the Faculty Creative Capital Group, 2006). ‘Wigan’ William’s exhibited at the ‘Our History’ Exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery, London (2006); ‘London Diary’ joint exhibition in Gallery Conceal, Tokyo (2006); ‘Agitate! Educate! Organise!’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2005); ‘Versus’ (supported by the British Council and Canon) in Tokyo and Nagya (2005); and the ‘Merry’ exhibition of graphic art at the Laforet Gallery, Tokyo (2002). 


Invited advisory positions

Thomasis a founding member and advisor to The Cardiff Group, which explores the relationship between design and development in low-income economies. The work of The Cardiff Group is presented via the ‘Thinkcycle’ website—and linked to the Development by Design conferences held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in Bangalore, India. Sterry joined the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites in 2006.  Randall was advisor to the Levenshulme Station Public Arts project (2004) and the Fountains Public Art Project (2004). Sterry and Sermon are members of the North West Universities Art and Design Research Group. Sermon is an executive member of Arts Council England and MaNet, the Media Arts Network and advises on various international journal and conference editorial committees. Sterry was an invited member of the 2006 joint AHRC/EPSRC/ESRC/English Heritage ‘Preserving Our Past’ Research Cluster workshop and subsequent peer review panel. Rangasamy is Chair of SHISHA, and will direct operations on ‘Asia Triennial 2008’, a multi-venue arts event.


Invitations and keynote presentations 

During the census period members of the Art and Design Research Centre have been invited to present their work at international conferences, symposia and discussion groups worldwide. The following represents a sample of the range of national and international presentations of Category A staff.


International invitations include:

                Presentations at international criminology conferences in Paris (2004), Krakow (2005), the United States (Design Management Institute, 2002), Germany (European Academy of Design, 2005) and Spain (EAD, 2003) (Davey and Wootton)

                Keynote speaker at the ‘Biennale of Electronic Arts’ Perth, Australia (Sermon, 2006)

                Wunderground’ design conference, Lisbon (Lockwood, 2006)

                International conference on Design Research, The University of the Arts, Helsinki (Sterry, 2006)

                ‘Think Tank IV’, University of Esberg, Denmark (Leighton and Sterry, 2004)

                Building Sustainable Cities’, international conference, University of Venice (Leighton and Sterry, 2002)

                keynote speaker, ‘Joining Force’s’ design research conference, Helsinki (Sterry, 2005) 

                Chaired sessions and presented papers at D2B Design Management Conference, Shanghai (Williams, Collins and O’Brien, 2006)

                Keynote, ‘Design and Designing for Museum Visitors’, The Museum’s Training Institute, Copenhagen (Sterry, 2006)

                ‘Interpreting World Heritage’ conference, Vancouver (Sterry, 2007)



National invitations:

                ‘New Directions in Visual Arts and Culture’, Victoria and Albert Museum (Garfield, 2005)

                ‘Identity, Authenticity and Materials’ conference, Chelsea School of Art (Garfield, 2006)

                Respond’ Conference, University of Cambridge (Sermon, 2003)

                UNESCO Heritage and Identity’ international conference, University of Newcastle (Wilkie, 2005) 

                ‘Creative Dates II’, art and design conference, Blackpool (Rooney, Haywood and Lyons 2006)

                ‘Reflections on Creativity’, The University of Dundee (Garfield, 2006)

                ‘Faith and Identity in Contemporary Visual Culture, University of Manchester (Garfield, 2006)

                ‘Embodiments of Change’ Conference (Haywood, 2005) and ‘Art in Society’, Edinburgh  (Haywood, 2006)

                ‘GO7- The international conference on Design Principles and Practice’, Imperial College, London (Rooney, 2007)

                Invited Chair, ‘Designing Dynamic Environments’ Symposium, University of Cambridge (Sterry, 2006) 

                ‘Designing with People’ conference, Royal College of Art (Sterry, 2007)



Invited reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals

                Design Journal (Sterry, Davey, 2005)

                D2B International Design Management Symposium (Hands, O’Brien, Leighton, Sterry, Williams, 2006)

                Museum and Society (Sterry, 2006)

                Manual of Museum Curatorship and Management (Sterry, 2006)

                International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Sermon, 2006)

                Kunstforum International (Fuchs, 2006)

                International Journal of Art and Society (Haywood, 2007)

                Journal of Engineering Manufacture (Williams, 2005)

                Design Management Review Special Edition (O’Brien, Williams, Sterry, 2007)




Other areas of influence include: 


Guidance material for industry on ‘Design Against Crime’ (The Crime Lifecycle, 2005; Guidance for the Design of Residential Areas, 2003; Design Against Crime Evaluation Framework, 2005) produced by Davey who was also assessor for the Royal Society of Arts, Student Design Awards (2001). Davey and Wootton have organised workshops across Europe, including the Netherlands (International CPTED Association conference ‘Tooled Up’ event, 2003 and a keynote in Hanover, 2007), Manchester (CrimeCity’ event, 2003) and Greece (Capital Crimes’ event, 2002). Randall and Oliver were interviewed for BBC Radio 4s ‘Women's Hour’ and Fletcher for BBC’s ‘Front Row’.  


The ‘Creative Capital’ initiative around social and cultural regeneration links the research of Leighton and Haywood to the Northern Edge consortium (a collaboration between 15 Universities and three northern Regional Development Agencies to provide a focal point for professional training, research and knowledge transfer in the creative and cultural industries) and is engaging design and heritage, creative technology and the visual arts.


Sermon and Sterry are current members of the AHRC peer-review panel. Sterry was advisor to the AHRC ‘Beyond Text’ initiative.




Direct links of research to curriculum development

Our research practice is integral to teaching across all curricula in art and design and within well-established postgraduate programmes. Research activity has led directly to both postgraduate and undergraduate programme development; for example, ‘The Centre for Heritage Studies’ - with its suite of three Masters postgraduate programmes (Sterry and Leighton) - MSc Creative Games (Fuchs) and BA Design and Heritage (Leighton). All have direct links with leading museums and galleries.


O’Brien has worked extensively in the internationalisation of postgraduate design management curriculum development. He initiated the ‘Design Alliance’, a network of international design educational institutions, advancing design management. 


Subject specific archives drawn from research projects are much used by postgraduate students such as the heritage design archive and visitor/user research archive.


Creation of spin-out companies

RedGENERATION is a partnership set up by Haywood with local schools in an area identified for regeneration which utilises artists and their habits of enquiry and observation to generate ideas for enterprise and develop businesses. The initial enterprise project involved the design and manufacture of a range of locally branded products that reflect the physical, social and economic environment relevant to young people. Products utilise smart dyes which respond to sunlight with branded colours corresponding to the built environment.