- Exeter is ranked 9th in the UK for world leading research in Drama1
- 95 per cent of research judged to be world-leading or of international quality2 and 100 per cent of academic staff are research active3
- Dynamic international research and research-led teaching
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1- RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*
2 - RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorized as 2, 3 and 4*
3 - All staff who were eligible for submission to the RAE 2008 were included.
Our staff expertise ranges widely across the disciplines of drama, theatre and performance studies, with specialist expertise embracing academic study and reflective practice. In recent years the department has doubled in size and benefited from considerable investment in new and refurbished buildings and facilities as well as staff, offering an outstanding resource for research of international standing.
The department has been awarded several AHRC Creative Arts Fellowships, and our current Fellows are the playwright Howard Barker and the photographer Hugo Glendinning.
Research Centres and Projects
In 2006 the University invested £4 million in providing state of the art new facilities for the Department of Drama. The Alexander Building is home to three disciplinary Research Centres for Performance Histories and Cultures, Contemporary Performance Practice and Performance, Sciences and Community, and many Drama staff are also engaged with the interdisciplinary Centre for Intermedia based in the College.
Our research-active staff are currently involved in a variety of discliplinary and interdisciplinary projects, independently or with research partners in other universities, funded through national and international sources.
Our research students have the benefit of state-of-the-art facilities for their studies, which may take the form of research through practice. We have an excellent programme of disciplinary research training throughout the year, and offer the highest standards of supervision. There are around 40 research students registered in the department at any time, and we welcome inquiries for either the conventional MPhil / PhD or the MPhil / PhD in Performance Practice.