Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy (CRACL)
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Our focus is on the arts, creativity and learning. We research in schools, universities, museums and galleries, theatres and cinemas, and local neighbourhoods.

We work with teachers, artists, writers, museum and gallery educators, community groups and arts and cultural organisations, big and small, locally, nationally and internationally.

We are committed to long term, exploratory research partnerships. We aim to build richly descriptive, well theorised accounts of pedagogy and practice and, through these, to understand more about the benefits of participation in cultural and creative activities.

Professor Pat Thomson
Centre Convenor

Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy

Centre for Research in Arts,
Creativity and Literacy


Staff in CRACL teach on the MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning course. This is a two-year, part-time course taught in evening sessions aimed at teachers and arts and creative practitioners involved in learning and education. 

CRACL news

Man Booker: who decides what makes a good book, the experts or the readers?

This new article by Dr Susan Jones has been published in The Conversation
13 September 2017

The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education

This new book has been co-edited by Professor Pat Thomson.
24 July 2017

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CRACL blog

TALE blog

CRACL events

Creative English: engaging children through film, text drama, art, music and movement

22 March 2018 (09:30-15:30)
A35, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Part of the School of Education's Continuing Professional Development programme

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Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy

School of Education
University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

+44 (0)115 951 4543