Creativity is a key driver of modern, dynamic societies and is at the centre of our research excellence. Our research links traditional arts and humanities disciplines with science and engineering. We work with partners in the creative sector and we study the impact of creativity on our society and economy.

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The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is a major climate change summit taking place in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021. Find out about our involvement at COP26 and see how we are tackling climate change as an institution.

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Focus area

Digital creativity

The creative industries are one of the UK’s leading industrial sectors with an established reputation for content production and technological innovation. Our research supports this expertise with academic collaborations across linguistic, cultural, aesthetic and cognitive dimensions.

Featured research

Research Champion

Professor Rachel Cowgill, Research Champion for Creativity

Rachel Cowgill is Professor of Music and cultural-historical musicologist in the Department of Music. Her research focuses on music in cultural history, encompassing Mozart, opera studies, British music and musical cultures, internationalism, conflict and commemoration, and music, gender and identity. 

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