Creative Practice Research Academy (CPRA)

Institute of Creativity, Communities and Culture (ICCC)

The Creative Practice Research Academy (CPRA) is a community of academics and practitioners who undertake research through and into diverse creative practices.


Based at the University of Central Lancashire, we bring together researchers at all career stages, including PhD students, senior academics, and those just embarking on research. our ethos is to provide a supportive, encouraging, and critical culture of working together.

Our projects

Our projects are both impactful and significant, and at the cutting edge of a dynamic range of discipline areas where some can be found below:

Much of our research is multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary by nature, and some exemplars can be found below:

  • Arts and Wellbeing Research Group
  • Visual Studies Research Group
  • Dance and Somatic Practice Research Group
  • Media Innovation Research Group
  • Music Research Group
  • Place and Communities Research Group
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Professor Erik Knudsen
Faculty Director
School of Arts and Media

Erik is a filmmaker, professor of media practice and Director of Research. His research revolves around cinematic story and narratives. Erik leads creative practice research and supervises PhD students in the field. He publishes filmmaking practice research and runs a large AHRC …

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Heather Mullender-Ross
Lecturer in Fine Art
School of Arts and Media

Heather teaches across the MA/BA Fine Art courses and is a research active member of staff. She is currently undertaking a part-time practice-based PhD at Newcastle University due for completion in 2022. Her PhD research concentrates on Kurt Schwitters' 'Merz Barn Wall' (1947). M…

Aims and Objectives

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • provide a home and support for research staff, their projects, and research students across the arts, media, and creative practices
  • advocate and enable creative practices and critical engagement
  • provide an infrastructure that supports transdisciplinary approaches to projects
  • celebrate the breadth and depth of creative practice research undertaken in the faculty, and beyond
  • make visible and accessible the impacts of creative research projects from the regional to the global
  • encourage the development of our research bidding culture and a peer review procedure for external funding bids
  • develop and support the postgraduate research student experience

We will do this by:

  • managing a postgraduate research student training programme, open and invited research events, and an ambitious guest speaker programme
  • providing a branded context, advocacy and policy support for research centres, groups, and projects
  • shaping and disseminating the creative practice research narrative, research profile, and research culture, including through innovative social media engagement
  • designing and managing a creative practice research mentoring scheme

Contact us

CPRA is led by Director Elaine Speight. We welcome all enquiries about the academy as well as opportunities to collaborate with other researchers and organisations at The University of Central Lancashire and externally.

You can email our team directly or contact our members listed above to enquire about research and degrees in their area of specialism. You can also request for more information about events and activities.