Research | what we do

The University of Leeds has an international reputation for the cutting-edge research which its outstanding people and world-leading facilities generate. Excellence in research is increasingly dependent on partnerships and collaboration.

The Cultural Institute offers a single gateway of information, support and practical advice to connect external partners with our world-leading researchers across all of the disciplines in the University, inviting them to contribute new ideas and expertise to projects from their inception, right through to bids for external funding that support our work together.

The Cultural Institute brokers conversations between academics and the creative and cultural sector, strengthening existing partnerships and acting as a catalyst for new ones. Our active programme of creative labs, workshops, showcases, competitions, awards and prizes helps us nurture these connections.

Working on a national research programme with the University of Leeds was hugely influential to our organisation for reputational, creative, developmental and sustainability reasons.

Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director, Yorkshire Dance

DARE prize

A £15,000 prize, awarded by the DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, challenges artists and scientists to think differently about the creative process. The inaugural DARE Art Prize 2017 has been awarded to composer Samuel Hertz. He will be with working in collaboration with researchers at the University and Opera North staff to explore sounds below the limits of human hearing and collaborate on the creation of groundbreaking new work. Read more


The Cultural Institute has awarded over £19,000 of funding to researchers through the latest round of Ignite. Eleven projects have secured grants between £500 and £2,000 to develop a partnership project between the University and external organisations, to advance research impact and explore ideas and areas for development. See a full list of funded projects