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We are proud to share our excellent results for REF2021, where we achieved world-leading or internationally recognised ratings for our research outputs and Impact case studies.

In the Art & Design, Art History, theory submission, History of Art scored 3-4* in 100% of their research outputs and impact case studies, making their research international and world-leading. Both the impact case studies, ‘Interpreting Stone Masonry’ by Jenny Alexander and ‘Supporting the preservation and conservation of Renaissance art in Venice’ by Giorgio Tagliaferro stress the new methodologies staff have developed to help the cultural and heritage sector conserve and re-present the past, changing the ways in which visitors experience buildings and museums, and challenging traditional conceptions of what constitutes history.

We are proud to announce that the University of Warwick’s submission to ‘Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies’ (panel 33) was ranked FIRST for Research Power (THE). This ranking reflects the overall quality of the research submission from all research active staff across Film & Television Studies, Theatre & Performance and Culture and Media Policy Studies, as well as colleagues in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies. The inclusive and diverse nature of our research culture is reflected by our being the largest unit submitted to panel 33, and all colleagues from professors to ECRs have contributed to an overall GPA of 3.52. Overall, 61% of our research is ranked as 4 star and thus ‘world leading’, placing us in the top 5 areas of research at Warwick, ranking 12th in panel 33’s grouping of 84 universities, and 6th within the Russell Group universities. Our supportive and diverse research culture placed us10th out of 84 Universities with 78% of our facilities and practices scored at 4*, which signals international recognition.

We are really pleased with the case studies, 3 from SCAPVC and 2 from CIM, from a pool of 9 excellent projects, they were:

The City and the Archive: Television History, Heritage and Memory Research in Action - Building civic pride, bridging the generation gap: This project speaks to the research theme ‘Cities, Places, Environments’, stressing the importance of place-based research, and the formation of local identities within a regional context. This project showcases collaboration between academia, cultural organisations, and the general public, showing the benefits for all concerned. The importance of the regional is also evident in the Ghost Town project based in Coventry and the panoply of events organised for the current ‘Resonate Festival’ for Coventry City of Culture. Contact Person Prof Helen Wheatley (FTS) (see also Ghost Town and Resonate Festival)

African Women Playwrights Network (AWPN) Connecting African womxn female practitioners: This network, co-founded in 2015 by Prof Yvette Hutchison, has global reach, impacted significantly on the visibility and status of African women creative practitioners and the industry in terms of professional development and a focus on disseminating the work of global south/majority scholars to international audiences. This is an ongoing project. This work links in interesting ways with WWP’s Creativity and Wordcraft.

Amateur Theatrics in the Royal Navy investigates the role and function of amateur creativity and engages with the national institutions of the Royal Navy and Royal Museums Greenwich, while collaboratively challenging approaches to conservation and curation of materials by institutions

From the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Nerea Calvillo’s Yellow Dust: Engaging Citizens with Environmental Issues/ Making Environmental Issues Visible’.

Our investment in socially-engaged, ethical praxis with national and international dimensions is demonstrated by numerous projects including Garde-Hansen’s media history work with communities susceptible to flooding in the UK, Sustainable Flood Memory, Using media, archives and memory to manage flooding, Sustainable Flood Memory (, and Michelle Aaron’s work on the role of filmmaking in her Screening Rights Film Festival, Screening Rights, and work on end of life care in the UK and the African subcontinent.

We engage with the Creative Industries and the Value of Culture in current research on the Future of Creative Work; by Dr Bilton, Dr Ashton, Dr Bandinelli and Dr Wright.

And the Warwick Writing Program features strongly in

Creativity and Wordcraft - Developing the next wave of literary writers