Research Support

The RCA Research & Knowledge Exchange Office is responsible for the College’s Research and Innovation strategy, policies and support operations. 

It provides support and training for RCA staff preparing research funding proposals, developing knowledge exchange partnerships with business and industry, and delivering executive education, as well as support and training for research students and their supervisors.

The Research & Knowledge Exchange (KE) Office runs the RCA’s Research, KE and Innovation Strategy Committee and Operations Committee, as well as the College’s internal Research Development Fund, which enables RCA staff to develop research projects leading to substantial external funding applications. It also co-ordinates the internal peer review college and preparations for and submissions to the REF. Research & KE Office staff work closely with the School Research Leaders, the deans and administrators of the four RCA Schools, and the directors and administrators of the RCA’s Research Centres.

Research & KE Office staff also manage the RCA’s two AHRC-funded doctoral training consortia, the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc, led by the RCA) and TECHNE (in which RCA is a partner).

The Director of Research & Innovation has oversight of the RCA’s research, knowledge exchange and innovation strategy and activity, including the work of the Research & KE Office, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, InnovationRCA, the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange (CX) knowledge exchange hub, and the HEFCE-funded HELIX Centre

Who we are:

Peter Christian              
Head of Executive Education

Dr Catherine Dormor
Head of Research Programmes

Lindsey MCBrayne    
London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) Co-ordinator

Marina Rowe                  
Research Developer, Schools of Architecture and Fine Art

Tatiana Schofield        
Head of Knowledge Exchange

Dr Emma Wakelin               
Director of Research & Innovation

Christie Walker              
Head of Research Development



  • Research Office
    Stevens Building
    2-6 Jay Mews
    London SW7 2EP

  • +44 (0)20 7590 4214