Impact Case Studies
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the Royal College of Art was ranked as the most research-intensive institution in UK art and design, submitting the highest proportion of research-active staff (65%), and achieving 100% 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) ratings for its research environment and impact. This high-quality, research intensive environment attracts interest from global companies keen to collaborate with the RCA’s staff and postgraduate students. In 2015 and 2016 the RCA was ranked number one art and design institution in the world in the global QS rankings, in recognition of its excellent research and research impact and its reputation with employers.
School of Design Case Studies
Critical design at the RCA and its impact on design and the public understanding of science
Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby and their colleagues’ research into Critical Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA) since 1997 has influenced the methods and ideas of design practice through inclusion in major design exhibitions, conferences, expert collaboration with companies, and coverage in the press, TV and film. Moreover, it has had impact on cultural life and public discourse, by enhancing public understanding of major issues and challenges posed by science and technology for individuals and society, through design research and exhibitions in major international museums, and inclusion in public museum collections.
Design for patient safety: creating significant professional, cultural and commercial impact through innovative design in a range of healthcare settings
Design research at the Royal College of Art (RCA) has pioneered projects and studies developing a design-led, systems-based approach to improve patient safety in hospital and mobile healthcare. It has led a multidisciplinary culture in which designers, clinicians, psychologists and business specialists collaborate in development projects. This new approach to Design for Patient Safety has had a profound impact on understanding public service provision, on practice and policy, and has realised commercial benefit.