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Introduction to research

At the University of Cumbria you will find

  • A flourishing research culture with staff in all faculties engaged in leading research projects
  • A Research Office providing a range of services to support researchers
  • A thriving Graduate School with a base for postgraduate research candidates and particular expertise in the supervision of part-time candidates

Research is an integral part of what we do at the University of Cumbria. Our staff individually, in groups and at centres, contribute to leading research at regional, national and international levels. We have actively participated in national exercises to assess the quality of UK research since 1992, including the Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) were announced in December 2014 and these have shown that the quality of our research has improved considerably since the last assessment in 2008.

Our mission and history mean that the university is a key player in a number of disciplines. Our portfolios in education, particularly teacher education and training, and health, involve leading-edge research exploring the links between theory and professional practice.

For example, current research on image perception is seeking to enhance the reliability of diagnoses from medical images such as x-ray and ultrasound. A longstanding engagement with the creative arts gives the university particular strength in art, design and media. Among our other strengths are English, forestry, conservation and upland management as well as theology and religious studies. The Every Child Matters agenda, a recent national focus of research, presents a particular opportunity for the university to take the lead.

All research candidates at the University of Cumbria become members of the Graduate School, which offers both research skills development and a forum for researchers from different disciplines to swap ideas and compare research methodologies. Our fields of study list is broadly descriptive of themes, although it is far from exhaustive. If you have a specific research interest, please contact us to explore what options may be available. I look forward to meeting you, should you choose to join us.

Professor Diane Cox