Enterprise and Innovation Away Sessions

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Enterprise and Innovation Away Sessions

Throughout the summer months of 2015, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries have held away sessions in order to gain an understanding of each schools’ innovative experiences and creative interests.

Held at Guildhall and led by Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise and Innovation for CCI, the away sessions have provided a platform for academic staff to discuss areas within their disciplines in relation to research and innovation. Each event has included a guest speaker that has talked about these areas in relation to their work, which helped colleagues to contextualise research and innovation in a commercial framework. Guest speakers included: Professor Dale Russel, Xavier Mendik, Paul Thompson and Dr Barry Blundell.

The purpose of these sessions has been to identify areas of interest and match up any synergies with existing research projects. Therefore informing teaching, the curriculum and create interest groups leading to the development of the projects in terms of societal benefit and external monetary bids.


Farrer is very happy with how the sessions ran and said, “I have been astonished at the diversity of colleagues’ research, innovation and teaching excellence across the four Schools in the Faculty. This is fertile ground for research and development and knowledge exchange activities moving forward”.


Although the sessions have come to an end, we look forward to a growing relationship with all four of our schools: Art and Design, Media and Performing Arts, Architecture, and Creative Technologies. When taking a transdisciplinary approach to research, our diverse Faculty can create innovative and groundbreaking work.

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