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CREATIVE
INNOVATION

ZONE

Responding to business challenges with creativity and innovation.

WHAT IS THE CREATIVE INNOVATION ZONE?

OUR AIMS

Business Gateway
To provide access to talent, skills and resources from our Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries.

Student Experience
To enable our students to respond to business challenges which need creative, innovative and inspiring solutions.

Academic Collaborations
To facilitate short-term opportunities and foster long-term partnerships with our academic expertise.

 
 

BENEFITS

For Business
Guided route to students, academics and services
Spot, shape and nurture future talent
Unique creative product or service

For Students
Work and deliver on commercial projects
Reward through payment or academic credit
Receive feedback from business professionals

For Academics
Beginning to end project coordination
Forging new relationships to maintain industry relevant teaching
Opportunity to showcase and spotlight achievements

HOW THE PROCESS WORKS

1
You outline your challenge to the Creative Innovation Zone
2
We match your project to the talents, skills and resources of the University
3
Students explore creative ideas with academic support
4
Collectively we agree your preferred options
5
Together we provide solutions for your business and valuable experience for our students

 

Creative Innovation Zone in the News

Watch this Space

EIC INTERIORS TO BENEFIT FROM STUDENTS’ BLUE-SKY THINKING

School of Art, Design and Fashion students

As the first pieces of glass are craned into position onto the exterior of University’s £32 million Engineering Innovation Centre, the focus is now shifting to the aesthetics and usability of the interior space.

And who better to turn to than creative talent already on the University’s doorstep, students from the School of Art, Design and Fashion

Facilitated by the University’s Creative Innovation Zone, the second year students, studying architecture, interior design and product design, are working on a live brief to develop ideas that will give the building’s three reception areas added ‘wow factor’.

Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’ve provided the students with a wide brief because we’re really interested and open to their ideas. The only criterion is that proposed designs must not affect our current build timeline. What we really want is for the reception areas to convey the cutting-edge engineering innovation that will take place within this signature building.”

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Question Health Hailed a Success

AUDIENCE HEARS DEBATE ON MENTAL HEALTH

Question health group

The first University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) debate to shine a light on mental health in the county has been hailed a success.

‘Question Health’, which took place on the University’s Preston Campus, saw a large audience of members of the public, students and staff in the UCLan School of Medicine, focus on mental health.

The first in the series of three, which was hosted by television presenter and University Chancellor Ranvir Singh, questioned themes around anxiety and depression, schizophrenia and bipolar, substance and alcohol abuse, dementia, and service provision.

Dr Jim Gardner, a practising GP and Deputy Head of UCLan’s School of Medicine, was one of the panellists. He said: “I think the event was a success. It was the first of a series addressing important local health issues and great to get things moving. The audience seemed very engaged and I think we all learnt from each other.”


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Meet the team

For initial enquiries, please contact Ric or Tania

Emma Speed

Emma Speed

Director
01772 894106
ELMSpeed@uclan.ac.uk
Bev Wood

Bev Wood

Head of Business Engagement
01772 893119
BWood3@uclan.ac.uk
Ric Brame

Ric Brame

Project Coordinator
01772 893119
RABrame@uclan.ac.uk
Tania Callagher

Tania Callagher

Project Coordinator
01772 894106
TCallagher@uclan.ac.uk
Debbie Dearnley

Debbie Dearnley

Project Coordinator
01772 895727
DHDearnley@uclan.ac.uk