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Firms join Bath Spa University and partners for multi-million pound creative tech boost

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Written by: Bath Chronicle | Posted 21 June 2018 7:00

Firms join Bath Spa University and partners for multi-million pound creative tech boost

Investors and businesses in Bath have marked the start of a multi-million pound scheme to boost the South West’s creative technology sector.

The South West Creative Technology Network event, held during Creative Bath festivities in Queen Square, was hosted by lead project partners Bath Spa University, the University of the West of England and creative studio Kaleider.

Professor Kate Pullinger, director of the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University, Jon Dovey, professor of Screen Media at UWE, and Katie Keeler, executive producer at Kaleider, took to the stage to share insight into the £6.4 million, three-year initiative.

Businesses including Visit Bath and Future Joinery Systems heard how the project could help them work together with universities and other South West organisations, to build better links with communities, and transform the way people engage with digital technology.

Ms Pullinger said: “It was fantastic to launch the South West Creative Technology Network to a local audience made up of businesses of all sizes.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing great minds from the South West creative industries, organisations and higher education together, to capture imaginations and develop new ways for those in the region and further afield to interact with technology.”

The three-year project will focus on joint research, seed funding for new business ideas, consultancy and training, the creation of new companies and social enterprises, and public and community engagement.

Funding comes via Research England’s Government-funded Connecting Capability Fund (CCF). The South West project is one of just 18 selected for support from across England, and the only one which includes a focus on the creative industries.

Guests also discovered how to apply for one of 24 paid Immersion Fellowships beginning this September, each with a bursary of £15,000. The Fellowships are open to industry professionals and those in academia who are looking to explore new ways to blend physical and virtual worlds. Those interested need to apply online before July 31.

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