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Research Excellence

Theatre & performance Studies are proud of its Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) results having submitted all eligible staff to the Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies unit of assessment (UoA). Collectively (with Film and Television Studies and Culture & Media Policy Studies) we have been ensuring a diverse, inclusive, and interdisciplinary research culture. This has resulted in our being No1 in the UK for Research Power (worked out as the overall quality of our submission [the 'grade point average' (GPA) of 3.52] multiplied by the full-time equivalent (FTE) number of researchers submitted and confirmed by THE), from the largest number of researchers submitted to that UoA, we have demonstrated the quality and the quantity of our submission. Overall (with Film and Television Studies and Theatre and Performance Studies) 61% of our research is considered ‘world-leading’ placing us collectively in the top 5 areas of research at Warwick, ranking joint 12th (THE) from a group of 84 universities.


Collectively we have achieved a high score of 77% for our research environment being considered ‘world-leading’ and with more 4* outputs in this assessment reflecting the hard work colleagues have put into their publications, conferences, reports and practice-as-research. This reflects strategic investment from the Faculty of Arts into the research coming from disciplines that make up the School. Our aspiration, to ensure TPS research meets the needs of regional, national, and international scholars, audiences and stakeholders has been achieved and we continue to develop new ways of researching theatre, performance and various aspects of the creative industries, while remaining committed to socially engaged theatre, particularly related to working with those with various limits to social, political, economic and physical access.