Our Members 

We currently have 31 members of GuildHE Research

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Aga Khan University

Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) was established in 2002 to study and analyse challenges facing Muslim societies in history and the contemporary. Today, AKU-ISMC as a research-driven and non-denominational liberal arts academic institution produces internationally recognised research, education and outreach founded on a scholarly and plural understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures.

Research and Projects
Apart from the individual projects that span from Turkish gender politics via Muslims in Europe, AKU-ISMC has one large EU funded project called Kitab. In short, it is a digital humanities project about historical Arabic texts studying the idea of inter-textuality, authorship but also developing the technical tools for Arabic text reading and building up a corpus of Arabic texts second to none.

Furthermore, they have the Governance program, that is both engaging in publish outreach discussing important issues about governance regarding Muslim contexts of different sorts, and also coordinating a number of projects on Afghani migrants to Pakistan, Water management in Northern Pakistan, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and legal change in the modern period of Egypt (from mid-19th century and onwards).

They are also a leading institution in Fatimid archaeology through their faculty member Stephane Pradines and his team of excavators in Egypt, East Africa and Pakistan. The overall name for this activity is Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean and it also coordinates research about Swahili texts.

There are a number of areas that AKU-ISMC would like to expand their research to. One is Popular Culture and Islamic arts, acknowledging that contemporary Islamic art often makes use of consumer society channels and mass-production, something that earlier forms of Islam and arts studies has often failed to pay attention to. Another one is medical anthropology, i.e. engaging in the role that religious thoughts, emotions, theologies, habitus, traditions etc play in the health/illness/sickness understanding of the field we study. A third one has to do with Sports and Religion.

Key Contact at AKU-ISMC
Our Key contacts at the Institution are Jonas Otterbeck and Samantha Griffin

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University’s vision is to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through inspirational teaching and research, the University transforms students’ lives. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens. Three principles underpin the University’s vision: we are ethical, we are academically led, and we are focused on all our students acquiring the distinctive set of Bath Spa attributes.

In 2017, Bath Spa will celebrate 12 years as a university, 70 years of teacher education at Newton Park and over 160 years of teaching.

The University has been named by Which? as one of the top five creative universities in the UK, with around 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. Over 94 per cent of graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating, and many are successful freelancers, entrepreneurs or are employed in different companies across many sectors.

For further information: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/

Bishop Grosseteste University

Research is an integral part of academic life at Bishop Grosseteste and forms one of the defining characteristics of the university’s culture. Research stimulates innovation in learning and teaching, informs our practices and pushes back the boundaries of knowledge and changes lives.

Research is important to us at BG for its intrinsic as well as extrinsic value and our Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) supports research among staff and students across the institution.

Doctoral Study at Bishop Grosseteste

Studying for a doctoral level qualification is one of the most exciting, stimulating and challenging things you can do. BG’s innovative doctoral programmes are designed to empower you as a professional educator to conduct robust research focused on the critical analysis of evidence, pushing back the boundaries of knowledge, developing policy and professional practice, and improving the quality of education as a whole.

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Bradford College

Bradford College actively encourages staff to engage in scholarly activity, both subject specific and pedagogic.  The forms of activity in which staff engage are diverse, but typically include: action research, applied research, attendance at conferences and colloquia, conference presentations/workshops, consultancy, curriculum development, exhibitions, higher level qualifications, industrial or commercial secondments, subject updating and writing for publication.  Staff also represent the College on subject networks and professional bodies, take part in professional updating and engage in a range of other activities aimed at keeping the College up-to-date on subject area developments and on teaching and learning.

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 on a range of topics.

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Buckinghamshire New University

Research at Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks) is focused on the needs of business, commerce and industry as well as the public and voluntary sectors. 

Bucks strongly encourage a collaborative approach and have a number of non-profit research centres and institutes which foster close links with industry, the public sector and charitable organisations.

Bucks has a flourishing research degree programme, with opportunities for both full-time and part-time study leading towards MPhil and PhD degrees in a wide range of subject areas.

Research is profiled in the Bucks Knowledge Archive, the online repository for Bucks’ academics’ research output.

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Falmouth University

Established in 1902, Falmouth University has evolved from art school to creative innovation hub. It’s ranked as the UK’s number one University in the arts and creative industries.

The University now has nearly 4500 students from foundation level, to PhD.  They are drawn from over 100 countries around the world, as well as closer to home with nearly 15% of Falmouth students coming from Cornwall.

They benefit from world-class teaching and state of the art, industry standard facilities. Falmouth University has identified three strategic themes for research: the digital economy, sustainable design and creative, connected communuites. Both through its research and teaching, the university aims to play a major role in the economic regeneration of Cornwall while helping graduates into great jobs.

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Glyndŵr University

Glyndŵr University is based in Wrexham, North Wales. Glyndŵr University’s ancestry dates back to 1887 when the Wrexham School of Science and Art was established, in response to local demands and to create a highly skilled workforce for the growing industrial backbone of North East Wales. The result was that Glyndŵr’s founding college had a strong industrial character. That character has remained as one of the defining features of the University, and the University is proud of the contribution its research activity makes to real regional and national economic and social development.

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Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University (HAU) is an institution that is closely related to the needs of the rural economy and industries reliant upon the rural economy, with a specific commitment to sustainable agriculture, re-establishing connections between food producers and consumers, knowledge transfer to support the rural economy and the international dimension of environmental and food chain sustainability.

There is a healthy research environment at Harper Adams, producing some exciting ideas and advances for the land-based sector. Research at Harper Adams is expanding rapidly, with a 51% increase in external funding from 2011 – 2012. HAU has research competence across the entire agri-food chain, offering farm facilities, laboratories, glasshouses, and engineering workshops, and provides links to small and medium sized enterprises within the agri-food sector.

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Hartpury College and University Centre

Hartpury College and University Centre is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments. Our stunning specialist campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has been working in partnership with UWE since 1997. It is currently working towards ‘Taught Degree Awarding Powers’ with the aim of awarding its own degrees, potentially from September 2018.

Today it has more than 1500 students working towards foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies.

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Leeds Arts University

Leeds Arts University has been delivering art and design education from its initial foundation as Leeds School of Art in 1846. Since the 1960s it has delivered higher education commencing with the award of Diploma in Art and Design and evolving into Degree provision during the following decades. In 2012 it transferred into the HE Sector. The University’s culture and character from inception to the present day are indelibly etched with innovation, success, determination and inclusion.

The University currently delivers postgraduate, undergraduate and further education. The University is a teaching led institution where research including practice-based research is encouraged and supportedThrough research, members of staff acquire subject specific expertise, maintain currency with their subject and connect with other academics; all of which feeds into the work with students.

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Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity is a teaching-led, research-informed university, committed to empowering individuals and engagement with communities. Our scholarships and research learning informs our teaching and likewise, our teaching influences the research we undertake.

Leeds Trinity has a rapidly growing research reputation in a number of specific areas of expertise with commitment to an actively forward-thinking programme that innovates the links between teaching and research across the full range of courses.

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Mont Rose College

Mont Rose College of Management and Science was founded in 2006, and offers business, management and legal qualifications, ranging from HNDs and top-up courses to undergraduate and MBA degrees. The College is based in Ilford.

Our main point of contact at Mont Rose College is Dean of Studies, Sayeda Zain

Newman University

Newman University is developing a strong research culture and offers opportunities for research at postgraduate level. We offer a range of intellectually challenging taught postgraduate courses leading to the award of MRes, MA or MSc. Our research students study towards the award of EdD, MPhil or PhD, full or part-time, in a supportive research environment tailored to their needs.

The growing research culture at Newman University was recognised through the Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF) 2014. The REF results indicated that all research outputs from the University were of national or international standards in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with some outputs being classified as world-leading.

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Norwich University of the Arts

The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins Norwich University of the Art‘s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. NUA works with Universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world, seeking to explore new ways in which art, design and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to contemporary culture, society and public well-being.

Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications.

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Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art’s (PCA) philosophy for research is grounded in the institution’s distinctive mission and purpose as a specialist provider of education in art, craft, design and media. It reflects PCA’s beliefs in the value of creative practice and the centrality of the principle of thinking through making. It also reflects a commitment to promote innovation, intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurship and creativity, adding value to the cultural, social and economic life of Plymouth and the South West region, and contributing positively to broader national and international cultural and economic agendas.

PCA strongly encourage and support links between research and pedagogy and between research and professional practice, and thinking through making radiates through all communities of practice – fine artists, makers, designers and creative media producers.

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Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne’s practice-based research also supports investigation into the industrial and cultural contexts, and impacts and value of emerging technologies. We are particularly interested in the aesthetics and uses of technologies which have relevance to the Creative Industries. We are committed to improving the affordances of emerging technologies, and particularly foreground knowledge exchange between industry and the Academy.

Researchers at Ravensbourne are likely to draw from ethnography, creative methods, action research, textual analysis, and production and audience studies. We are as likely to work with large organisations (Barclays, Marks and Spencer, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC) as with Small to Medium-sized Enterprises who may be more associated with newer economic structures and production ecologies. We are also involved in policy-making and standard-setting.

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Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is the oldest agricultural college (1845) in the English-speaking world, but also the newest, gaining university title in 2013; until 2000 it was outside the public sector. The RAU was founded with the express aim of delivering what is now termed translational research in a period of rapid scientific and technological developments. It is one of the smallest universities in the UK but has doubled in size during this REF period from ~600 students in 2007 to over 1100 in 2013. Increased size and natural turnover has enabled growth in academic staff during the latter part of this period, allowing realisation of the strategic plan to recruit research active staff to increase research capacity. Growth and level of research activity needs to be set within this transition. Historically the focus has been on teaching but research is also core to the mission, growth and development of the university.

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Research@Central concerns itself with the ways in which theatre is made, analysed and documented across a range of contexts and environments.

Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, introduces Research@Central:

As a constituent College of the University of London, Central supports a dynamic research community of staff and postgraduate research students (PGRS). We have recognised expertise in the areas of acting and actor-training; applied and social theatre; directing, directors, scenography and design; and cultural histories of performance. Crucially, much of this research operates at the intersection with industry and is realised with partners from a range of sectors, including theatres, film bodies, local authorities, NGOs, charities, cultural festivals, and the museum sector.

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Southampton Solent University

Research at Southampton Solent is applicable to the public and private sectors including the maritime industry, voluntary services, sport, health, education, the creative industries and society. It seeks to contribute to the many different debates and issues that we are facing within a knowledge-based economy and fast changing global environment. Our research and enterprise activities inform change and have visible impact, in local, national and international arenas.

Research clusters and groups

We are keen to encourage colleagues to work collaboratively, perhaps to accelerate development or to address emerging challenges. The diversity of our research clusters and groups underpins a rich array of research at Southampton Solent University. Our activities lead to important developments in key sectors, and our researchers are keen to build relationships with businesses and the community.

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham

St Mary’s has an established culture of research and scholarship, concentrated in hubs of excellence within research centres and at discipline level in Academic Schools.

Research at St Mary’s is valued, encouraged and supported; undertaking research and scholarship is an integral part of academic life here.

Many of our academics have extensive networks and professional groups nationally and overseas, which offer opportunities for collaborative working, joint grant applications and access to a wide range of resources and expertise. We welcome visiting scholars from around the world as part of our research community.

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University for the Creative Arts

As a specialist institution, UCA is committed to creative practice and understands research and enquiry to be at the heart of lifelong practice-led pedagogies in the creative arts. UCA researchers represent a broad range of practice as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators. Their research leads to the creation of buildings, artworks, installations, books, articles, ceramics, exhibitions, textiles, reports, films, photographs and moving image, and as such they offer a broad understanding of art and design that reaches into allied areas of the media, communication and the built environment.

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University of Chichester

The University of Chichester aims to be a socially responsible university that is recognised internationally, significant nationally, important regionally and vital locally – not only in teaching and student experience, but also in research and in its diverse communities and the public, private and voluntary sectors. We aspire to be excellent in everything we do and in the services we offer.

Undertaking a programme of postgraduate research at the University of Chichester provides you with a great opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a subject area that you are passionate about.

Together with an experienced supervisory team, you can define your own programme of study in addition to developing transferable skills that equip you for your future career in research and beyond.

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University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria operates from three main campuses and various other locations across Cumbria and Tower Hamlets, London.

The University was created in 2007 and has a strong background in practical disciplines such as those in Health, Education, applied sciences and the Arts.

A sense of place is very important to the University and this influences the research which is undertaken here in terms of the local, national and international perspectives adopted.

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University of St Mark and St John

The University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth undertakes research with impact and relevance to society and the economy. The focus of research is upon health and wealth generation.

Research addresses economic growth and social mobility through sector-specific agendas in education, health, physical activity, sport, tourism, communication and the creative arts.

The university’s approach is based upon the principles of smart specialisation, bringing together subject knowledge, specialist research and sector priorities to create greater social and economic impact.

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The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution that offers excellent programmes of study sustained by teaching and research of the highest quality.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise no less than 75% of our research was deemed to be of international standard or above. The quality of our research led Times Higher Education to describe us as a ‘rising star’ of university research.

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is committed to producing high quality research with impact across all its subject areas and expect and support our academic staff to engage in research and knowledge transfer. At the same time, the institution wishes to develop and enhance areas of national and international excellence through its  Research Centres and Groups.

The University has a strong focus on applied research, reflecting the professional and practice-based strengths of several of its academic Institutes and Research Centres; research which, through its application, will have significant impacts on the practice of teachers, health professionals, coaches, managers and artists.

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College has been established since 1893 providing services to agriculture and the land based sectors. The University College has a tradition of successful Postgraduate Research Students that have graduated with studies focusing on land-based, environmental, animal science and art and design.

The University College can offer a number of exciting bespoke postgraduate research degrees tailored to individuals’ needs and interests.

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York St John University

The academic strategy at York St John University promotes interdisciplinary research and aims to develop critical mass in areas of research strength in  each of its four disciplines. The key aims of the institution are to attract increasing numbers of PhD students, research-active staff and external research funding to develop a research culture which will secure a national and, ultimately, an international research reputation.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), thirty per cent of York St John University’s submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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AECC University College

Based in Bournemouth, AECC University College is a highly esteemed, global pioneer in musculoskeletal healthcare, dedicated to excellence in education, clinical training and research. The University College provides specialist study in health sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with state-of-the-art facilities, high quality teaching and a regarded level of professionalism. With over 50% of students coming from outside of the UK, the single-campus is a thriving, supportive and inclusive community, constantly at the forefront of engaging with others, collaborating with a number of partner organisations, businesses and other universities. The continued investment in facilities, clinical teaching and higher education has been central to being awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers and University College designation.

AECC University College’s facilities include the Chiropractic Clinic, School of Medical Ultrasound with specialist imaging services, and the on-site Bournemouth Open Upright MRI facility. Alumni, research and collaborations span many countries and continents which gives emphasis to AECC University College’s reputation as global leaders in their specialist areas. The University College has a history of innovation and is the sum of all its students, staff and alumni who have shaped and are shaping the fields of health sciences.

The first chiropractic college in Europe, founded in 1965, the AECC University College has a unique history and a proud heritage.

For more details on research visit the AECC University College website

University College of Ostheopaty

The University College of Osteopathy is the largest and oldest school of osteopathy in the UK; founded in 1917 it is respected throughout the world for providing high-quality, innovative and modern osteopathic education

For further information visit the College of Osteopathy website

University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is strongly embedded in our local region – a University of, and for, the people. Our national and international impact through research and innovation brings recognition and opportunity to the region and supports regional growth and development.

The student experience is at the heart of what we do and the strong partnership between students and staff at the University is central to our ambitions. Our students experience the highest quality in teaching, learning and social environments. Scholarship and high impact research is pervasive within the institution and we offer our students a transformational experience, enabling and preparing them for their futures.


Research Lead: Professor Emma Bond, Director of Research

Emma is Professor of Socio-Technical Research, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has over 16 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and extensive research experience. Emma’s specialist teaching and research interested focus on the everyday interactions between people, society and technology and she is especially interested in developing both innovative and accessible methodologies in research which foster participation with marginalised groups.

She is internationally renowned for her work on online and social media environments and has extensive research experience in this field. Emma is currently an invited member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HCLA) Consortium in Germany, a member of the UKCIS Evidence Group and the Expert Advisory Group for Internet Matters. She has been interviewed for BBC Breakfast; ITV; The Today Programme on Radio 4; Woman’s Hour on Radio 4; Channel 4s Sex Education Show and for various national media channels in the UK, America and Canada.

For further information visit the University of Suffolk website