Actively engaged in scholarship and research

All staff at University Centre Bradford College are engaged in a wealth of scholarship and research. This is to ensure that students can engage with the very latest work within their subject areas. Staff also represent the University Centre on national and international subject networks and professional bodies, and are therefore fully equipped to prepare students for their chosen career.

University Centre staff are engaged in a number of research projects and continue to publish on a range of topics. These activities connect to many of our courses which have a research component as we place great importance on the teaching of good research practice in preparation for professional level work.

Many of our courses, particularly at Higher Education level, have a research component, and we place importance on the teaching of good research practice. A number of Bradford College staff are engaged in research projects, and have had research published in books and journals.

Our key strengths

  • Practising artists in the Bradford School of Art who present nationally and internationally
  • Strong collaboration with employers through staff and student joint research projects
  • Close association with professional bodies with research into comparative practice - such as the National Youth Association and the General Optical Council
  • Research skills embedded in courses to give excellent preparation for graduate level work - problem solving, report writing, evaluation, working independently
  • Staff who are active in developing professional practice in their respective disciplines through publication and joint projects with employers - e.g. education/teacher training, sport coaching, youth work, social work, ophthalmics
  • Very strong emphasis on the student learning experience, with friendly approachable staff who are highly qualified in teaching and learning

Most recent achievements

  • Teacher training experts evaluating a Department for Education project on maths teaching in schools
  • Research project into professional practice for early years education and social care with the Ministry of Education, New Zealand
  • International work on professional practice with Harstad University Norway and Camosun College, British Columbia, Canada
  • Student engagement with a creative industries project as an associate college with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon


  • Epicurious: Our College e-journal, produced by our academic staff, and which reflects our various areas of scholarship. You can view past issues in the 'Related documents' sidebar.
  • Conferences and other events: We hold events that profile research and scholarly activity carried out by Bradford College staff and others.
  • Exhibitions: We showcase our work, for example our involvement in the Bradford City of Research project (Sally Robinson, The Northern Centre for Research into Art and Material Culture). Currently Sally is working with the Born in Bradford team. She is also planning a project of reportage on local food issues, informed by existing research work on nutrition (obesity levels, children’s eating habits etc.). See our current exhibition on Born in Bradford at the Dye House Gallery.
  • Research ethics: The College has a research ethics policy, procedure and committee, to ensure that students who do research gain a sound understanding of the importance of ethics. 
  • Library resources and support: our library staff provide support to College staff and students engaged in research. They can assist with digital search skills, advise on copyright and plagiarism, and provide guidance on writing for publication.
  • Our Textile Archive is an excellent resource for research by our students, staff and external academic and industry researchers.