RCA Research & Research Centres

RCA Research

Research at the RCA involves both staff and students, and takes place across all six Schools of the College, each of which has its own specific research areas. For more information, visit Research.


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Research Centres

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

The Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is the RCA’s centre for inclusive design. It gives students and graduates of the College the opportunity to explore design that improves people’s lives through practical research and projects with industry.
 For more information, visit The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in Research & Innovation.


SustainRCA was formally established in April 2011 with a mission to inspire, encourage and support sustainability thinking across the RCA. 
For more information visit the SustainRCA microsite.


InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for incubation and business support, helping students and graduates transform compelling ideas into successful businesses. 

The Creative Exchange (CX)

The Creative Exchange (CX) is a £4m Knowledge Exchange Hub led by Lancaster University in partnership with Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art. 

The programme connects design research excellence with businesses, service providers and citizens. CX responds to changes in the design, creative and media-based industries, and the rise of the digital space. It explores new forms of engagement and exchange in the digital media, design, broadcast, performing and visual arts, and gaming sectors, focusing on the public digital sphere and notions of participation, experience, personalisation, connectivity, narrative and identity. 


The Healthcare Innovation Exchange Centre (HELIX)

, in partnership with Imperial Health Trust’s St Mary’s Hospital, combines the RCA’s creativity and user-centred design expertise with ICL’s clinical, engineering and scientific know-how, maximising the economic and social impact of healthcare research and innovation with national and international partners.

Student at work on the computer
Student at Work, 2015
Photographer: Richard Haughton