Northumbria Practice Research Group

Supporting practice-based research

The Northumbria Practice Research Group (NPRG) was established as an interdisciplinary space in which to share ideas, experiences, and expertise related to all forms of practice research within and beyond the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences. The Group aims to promote Northumbria as leading centre for practice research regionally, nationally and internationally. The large membership comprises around 60 research academics from Arts, the School of Design, Humanities and Architecture.

Texts discussing the Group’s approach include:

Green, M & Williams, T 2018, ‘On reflection: The role, mode and medium of the reflective component in practice as research’, TEXT, vol. 22, no. 1. Available at

The Group’s objectives are:

  1. To coalesce practice research within Northumbria University and nurture a multidisciplinary practice research environment;
  2. To provide a forum for promoting the understanding and communication of practice research in the university and the wider community;
  3. To serve as a network hub for practice research, bringing together a critical mass of practice researchers within Northumbria and at other universities;
  4. To pursue creative, scholarly, and professional work that furthers the knowledge and understanding of practice research;
  5. To facilitate and support bidding, grant capture, and impact in practice research;
  6. To develop younger researchers through training and networking opportunities for ECRs and students in practise research disciplines;
  7. To enhance contact between other more discipline-specific practice-led or based research groups in the university;
  8. To serve as a space where university partnerships related to practice research can be brought into productive conjunction;
  9. To widen external engagement with the creative industries, curatorial bodies, and practice-oriented public events through contributions based on practice research and its impact;
  10. To align itself where appropriate with the university’s current Multidisciplinary Research Themes, informing and engaging with specific strategies identified within the MDRTs.