Welcome to SURFACE - a centre of excellence in inclusive design

What would it be like to live in a world in which beautifully-designed products and places could be used by everyone, regardless of age, ability or circumstance? At the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre, we are passionate about making this happen...

SURFACE is a multi-disciplinary centre forging a joined-up approach to teaching, research and consultancy in inclusive design. Committed to tackling 'real world' challenges, we explore design using the social model of disability, from the planning of the public realm to the detailing of the home, its products and technologies.

We are part of the highest-rated built environment research institute in the UK, supported by a worldwide network of partners, including experts from policy and industry. Our team thrives on an international reputation for excellence, especially in the provision of award-winning distance learning.