MIRIAD is based in the original Manchester College of Art, now a part of Manchester Metropolitan University's Manchester School of Art. It carries forward Manchester's proud 160-year tradition in art and design education, whilst offering an innovative, modern approach to research and study.
MIRIAD specialises in the research, teaching & learning, and innovative development of art, media, visual culture, design, crafts, fashion business and technology, urban design & architecture, and creative enterprise.
It engages in the practices, theories, histories, industries, cultures & technologies of art, architecture and design at an advanced level.
MIRIAD was judged in the last Regional Assessment Exercise to be the highest - rated research centre for art and design in the North West, and on quality of work to quantity of staff ratio was rated sixth in the UK.
It provides a nationally recognised and unique environment for postgraduate education and has strong relationships with galleries, museums, and the creative industries in the region and beyond. Students have the opportunity to undertake research projects with over 50 nationally and internationally recognised researchers, historians, theorists, practitioners and professionals.
- To continue to monitor the evolution of knowledge in its field, on a world stage, as a dynamic system of competing ideas in context.
- To observe and to contribute to the international competition of ideas.
- To support the identification and development of new knowledge, new ways of looking at existing knowledge, and emergent patterns in the cultural landscape.
- To serve, educate and develop the academic and professional needs of a creative economy as a local, regional, national, and international research centre for advanced cultural production and inquiry.
- To form and maintain appropriate external and strategic links with scholars, institutions, public and private organisations, and individuals of proven quality, working at the cutting edge of knowledge, technologies and applications.
- To make knowledge available and clearly describe the Institute in the public realm to a variety of audiences through publication, exhibition, new technologies and appropriate media, collaboration, and consultancy.
- To be committed to enabling a diversity of views to be contributed equally in debate amongst a community of peers, promoting inclusiveness.
- To work towards the removal of barriers to learning and the improvement of access to knowledge.
- To continue to develop a range of postgraduate research awards; flexible modes of attendance; development of e-learning and distance-learning; research training for staff and students; support for continued study and life-long learning; and developing links with industry through work-based learning and research.
- To maintain, enhance, and effectively use an accessible, appropriately resourced, centre for advanced cultural practice and enquiry within a dynamic context.
- To continuously review all aspects of provision in order to monitor and enhance quality.
Director of MIRIAD
MIRIAD is made up of eight Research Centres that are locally managed and subject based.