Arts Research Initiative

Founded on a proud history stretching back almost 200 years, our Institute of the Arts undertakes various research projects each year. Current research is outlined below.

Fine Art Research

Graphic Design Research


This website came about as the result of research undertaken by staff teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration degree courses at the University of Cumbria,  who looked into assessment and feedback strategies, and the development of reflective practice amongst its students to enable more effective teaching and learning.

Assessment provides students with a marker of their achievement to date, but the role of feedback in the learning process is in many ways more crucial in informing the student of where and how their learning and performance can be improved. Feedback can come not only from lecturers, but also from their peers or the students themselves. The importance for students of reflecting on what they are doing as part of the learning process cannot be under-estimated.

This project is called Teaching/Assessing/Learning because we believe that assessment is not the end but the beginning of the process of learning.