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The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Our Research Impact

Winchester School of Art is committed to pursuing impactful research, ensuring that academic pursuit in all its different manifestations has genuine value within society. As part of which, the School has long-sustained a number of local and international partnerships with organisations outside of higher education, helping maintain its place within a wide range of networks and dialogues.  

REF 2014 reaffirms the University of Southampton's position as one of the UK’s top research universities following publication of the national Research Excellence Framework 2014, assessing the quality and impact of research across a wide range of disciplines.

Results of the REF show that 84% per cent of Southampton’s research activity is considered of internationally excellent or world-leading quality, placing the University once again amidst the top 20 leading research institutions in the country.

Southampton has also performed well in specific Units of Assessment in the REF with 75% of research activity at Winchester School of Art specifically rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality.

Please visit the REF 2014 website for the University of Southampton’s complete results.

Below we feature examples of ways in which our research is changing the world for the better and impacting on the lives of people in the UK and around the globe.

Silver Shoppers
Silver Shoppers trolley

Silver Shoppers: designing a better supermarket experience for the older customer

Social design enhancing UK and Chinese retailers’ awareness of older customers’ needs

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Zero Flat Elements
Zero Flat Elements

Zero Flat: social design for chronically homeless people

Zero Flat is a new approach to accommodation for the chronically homeless

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For more information on the research partnerships and engagements, see details regarding the School’s five research groups: Archaeologies of Media and Technology, Critical Practices, Intersectionalities: Politics-Identities-Culture, Transforming Creativity and Winchester Luxury Research Group.

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