Knowledge Exchange & Research Hubs

The Royal College of Art is recognised as an established leader in research in the creative arts and design, humanities, architecture and communication.

The RCA engages with business, government, the non-profit sector and the design community through education and events, publications and industrial collaborations, and has a strategic plan actively to build on this existing knowledge exchange platform, to strengthen research as well as the culture of design innovation and entrepreneurialism, linking closer to industry. 

With 70 per cent of its research rated as world leading or internationally excellent, according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, there are plans to nurture knowledge exchange in each of the six Schools, connecting existing research excellence with industrial, economic and cultural activity. 

Three centres of expertise, or ‘RCALabs’, concentrated on visualisation, design and prototyping, and high-end imaging, have also been proposed; and a Head of Knowledge Exchange, Christina Schoenleber, will take up her post in January 2014. 

Established expertise in knowledge exchange and innovation lie with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, InnovationRCA, and in studio projects. More recent activities have centred on the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy, the Creative Exchange (CX), and the Healthcare Innovation Exchange Centre (Helix).