RAS Research Programme

The Retain, Achieve, Succeed Research Programme (RAS) is a UAL research initiative set up in 2010. It supports small-scale, staff research studies and activities with the intention of increasing knowledge around issues of diversity, inclusion and attainment at UAL and beyond.

The institution and the arts curriculum (in its different subject areas) are the focus of the research, rather than the student body as such. RAS began with six staff research proposals and now encompasses thirty studies and a number of publications.

RAS researchers have helped place a dialogue about diversity and inclusion at the heart of arts, design and communication education at UAL. Their findings and recommendations are already having an impact on the curriculum, particularly in the researchers' own specialist areas.

RAS is now focused upon consolidating, extending and publicising the research more widely. The aim is to facilitate existing good practice and to encourage new interventions. RAS will also continue to provide a forum for an inter-disciplinary, intersectional dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the Higher Educational, arts sector.

  • About RAS. Human hair embroidered onto cloth with printed text. Image: ©Jessica McKenzie 2013
    About RAS. Human hair embroidered onto cloth with printed text. Image: ©Jessica McKenzie 2013

    About RAS

    All about the RAS (Retain, Achieve, Succeed) Research Programme.

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    Design © Chrissa Amuah 2014

    Research & Publications

    Find out about RAS and its associated pioneering research.

  • Room for Room by Michael McMillan. Image shows art work – A miniature scene: Two miniature chairs (one wooden, one arm chair) and a cardboard box with a cardboard / paper television next to a lampshade made of paper.
    Room for Room by Michael McMillan.

    Inclusive Arts Education Forum (IAEF)

    The IAEF group meets once a term to discuss issues around researching inclusion in art and design education.