I am delighted to take on a new, exciting role, as the new academic lead for Creative Futures at the University of Brighton.
The Brighton Futures are an integral part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research and Enterprise and, together with the Centres of Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs), are the focus of the University’s globally-influential research and enterprise activities.
The five Futures of the University (Connected, Creative, Healthy, Radical and Responsible) are based on the principles that underpin our strategic plan and characterise the type of research and enterprise that we currently do and plan to expand. Academic leads are senior academics who provide thought leadership, working to consolidate our existing strengths and explore and develop new possibilities.
In this new role, I am keen to contribute to the development of the University’s interdisciplinary research environment that nurtures creativity and innovation. The opportunity to produce inspirational solutions and positive change has never been greater, and I am a strong supporter of bringing together the arts, science and technology to do this.
In 2021 Creative Futures will create an interdisciplinary art/science/technology hive of innovative thinking that promotes scientific understanding, and ignites applied collaborations. We will bring together technologists, scientists, makers, artists, practitioners who employ creative thinking in their projects, in various activities in the next year, in order to support interdisciplinarity and student engagement with research.