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This has been another challenging year, but down to the commitment and hard work of all of our staff we end in an optimistic position, continuing to deliver the excellence in art and design education and research which has come to be expected from our world leading institution.
2020/21 has been an unparalleled year for the College, with our response to the teaching and remote working challenges demanded by an ongoing pandemic continuing to absorb significant effort and resources.
Support for our students in the form of scholarships and grants has shone through the challenging and unprecedented times of the past year. Such championing of the arts and design will help us to secure the future of the College and enable our students, researchers and academics to continue to pursue creative excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship – which we need now more than ever. None of which would be possible without the RCA’s generous supporters.
Like many, the RCA is committed to reducing its environmental impact and designing sustainable solutions to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. In 2020/21 the RCA expanded the number of environmental focused initiatives and has ensured that its most forward thinking academics, alumni and students are at the forefront.
The Royal College of Art would like to express its gratitude and deepest thanks to the individuals, trusts, foundations, corporations and alumni who have donated and pledged over £10m in philanthropic support to the GenerationRCA campaign during 2020/21.
Events continued to be hosted online throughout the year and RCA staff, students, alumni and close friends were able to enjoy Vice-Chancellor’s Talks with leading art and design figures, from the comfort of their own home.
The Royal College of Art (RCA)-led consortium has been awarded a grant of £5.4m by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish the Textiles Circularity Centre (TCC) to enable the transition to a more ‘circular’ economy.
Celebrating its first year, the Design Age Institute will launch The Design Age Directory, This Age Thing and a framework to deliver 16 pathfinder projects at today’s Age, Agency & Joy virtual event.
The RCA’s Materials Science Research Centre (MSRC), in partnership with University College London (UCL), has been awarded a 2.5-year Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Sustainable Digital Society award to drive its mission of sustainability in textiles.
Information about the ways universities help improve knowledge exchange with their local areas is one of the highlights of the data released in the first iteration of Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).
Wayne Binitie, an AHRC-funded Royal College of Art (RCA) PhD student, is the artist behind Polar Zero. The immersive exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre injects an artistic and cultural dimension to the climate negotiations at the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).
Five impressive teams of RCA graduates have been selected to join InnovationRCA’s Start-up Programme. InnovationRCA’s high-growth start-up incubation programme will provide business support and mentoring to help these graduates to transform their compelling ideas into successful businesses.
The Royal College of Art is collaborating with Imperial College Business School and a consortium of industry partners, known as Wicked Acceleration Labs, to develop techniques to speed up the resolution of the world’s wicked problems.