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Research reports commisioned by the Crafts Council

Researching Craft: An analysis of Research Excellence Framework impact case studies relevant to craft

Our latest report analyses the impact case studies for craft research that were undertaken for the Research Excellence Framework, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The report brings together and summarises the impact of that research, illustrating the continuing relevance, distinctiveness and importance of craft as a leading creative industries sector.

Measuring the Craft Economy - Defining and measuring craft: report 3 

Measuring the Craft Economy gives the fullest picture to date of the value and scale of craft’s contribution to the UK economy.

The findings in this report build on proposals set out in the Crafts Council’s 2013 series of reports Defining and measuring craft: Definitions 1998 – 2012 (June 2013) and Defining and measuring craft: Proposals for a way forward (June 2013).  This report measures the contribution of craft not only within craft industries, but also across the creative industries and wider economy. 

The craft economy generates nearly £3.4bn for the UK economy, accounting for 0.3% of UK GVA (gross value added).

Studying craft: trends in craft education and training

The Studying Craft series of reports is research commissioned by the Crafts Council and is a comprehensive examination of contemporary craft education in England. The latest update was produced in November 2014 (Studying Craft 2) and is available below.

The research examined all stages of formal education and training from Key Stage 4 to postgraduate study to look at provision and participation in craft courses for the last five academic years.

Read the Studying Craft press release

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