About RAS

The RAS (Retain, Achieve, Succeed) research programme aims to find reasons for the so-called attainment and achievement ‘gap’ between black home and white home students within their final degree classifications. It hopes to make useful recommendations in order to support real and long term institutional change.

The overall context for this on-going programme is action research projects interrogating existing curriculum structures, with the aim of affecting change in the institution via the staff body.

Staff researchers have already impacted the curriculum and specialist areas through their findings and recommendations, although there is further work needed in broadening institutional understandings of identity issues across arts education.

The RAS research programme came into being in September 2010 with six staff research proposals at LCF. The programme later developed into fifteen cross-university pedagogic studies aimed at broadening our understanding of the arts curriculum, in order to better understand issues of diversity and identity and the social processes of learning.

The RAS team are now ready to work across university departments and ADS in partnership activities to feedback and develop knowledge from RAS project work on retention and attainment.

University's Strategic Plan 2015-22

RAS will help to respond to the University's Strategic Plan 2015-22 by helping to 'place diversity and inclusion at the heart' of education for staff and students and develop world leading research by means of cross-disciplinary research and values with UAL and both national and international collaborations.

RAS is pleased to announce the second phase of inclusion research at UAL, 2015-17. Please read the related links documents for more information.

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