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 supported. Through 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. At Leeds Arts University research ‘clusters’ run across programme areas to promote critical friendship, collaboration and innovation and support specialist practice, pedagogy and related forms of academic enquiry. In June 2017 the University was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award.


Research Lead: Sam Broadhead

Dr. Samantha Broadhead is Head of Research at Leeds Arts University in the North of England. Her research interests include the experiences of mature students in art and design higher education; the intersections of film and textiles and the histories of modernist jewellery designers. Previously, she has lectured on post-compulsory education for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Leeds for four years. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning; carries out review work for FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education) and is a member of the IAEF (Inclusive Arts Education Forum). She publishes work on widening participation in art and design education. Among other recent writings, she has published Inclusion in the art and design curriculum: Revisiting Bernstein and ‘class’ issues, in Hatton, K. (ed) 2015 Towards and Inclusive Arts Education, London, Trentham Books.

Research at Leeds College of Art

Our specialist research clusters include:

Pedagogies: Researching experience and the ideas around the pedagogy of art and design

Crossing Borders: Exploring national and international links and cross-disciplinary activity

Curatorial: Exploring collaboration through archives, practice and exhibition opportunities

Technology: Exploring Art and Technology at the intersection of Society

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