Press Releases 2017

UWTSD’s CIRIC team secures funding of nearly €1million for major European project


Staff at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) are celebrating today after being given the news that they’ve been selected for the award of a grant of €970,815 European funding for a major project that involves 14 partners from across Europe.

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Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, the project – the Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub (AHEH) - brings together an alliance of partners from seven European countries, led by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art.

Partners from academia and industry will work together to jointly research, design, test and disseminate a programme of entrepreneurial training for Arts and Humanities staff and students.

The three-year project will lead to the creation of an open-access website to complement the creation of seven European Entrepreneurship Hubs to provide long-term support for students and graduates.  The project will draw upon the expertise of Andy and Kath Penaluna from the University’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development as well as colleagues within the Faculty of Art and Design.

“This project demonstrates the ambition of partners from across the European Union to work together on a creative project in a time of change,” said James Moxey, Director of UWTSD’s Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC).

“We will be working with partners in Ireland, Finland, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Italy and Wales. The aim is to find ways to help arts and humanities students develop their careers after graduation.” 

Dr Shelley Doolan, Senior Research Fellow at UWTSD co- led the bid with colleague Chris Holtom, CIRIC Funding & Development Manager on behalf of the University.  They are looking forward to working with partners across Europe to deliver a programme that will benefit both staff and students alike.

“We are delighted to have been successful in securing funding under such a prestigious programme,” said Dr Doolan.

“We have created valuable new international connections with Higher Education Institutions as well as with industry partners.  Beyond the project, the partnership offers opportunities to develop student exchange programmes and to explore shared research interests and opportunities for further international collaboration."

Chris said: "Entrepreneurship, in the broadest sense, is an important area of focus for both the University and the Faculty of Art and Design.  The project has been developed to respond to this challenge and is also a key way in which we can further enhance the student experience."

Led by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, project partners include Coastal Housing Ltd (UK); Link Campus University, Italy; Materahub, Italy; University of Rijeka, Croatia; Drugo More, Croatia; University of Alcala, Spain; Innogate, Spain; University of Port, Portugal; UPTEC, Portugal; Xamk University, Finland; Pink Eminence, Finland; IT Carlow, Ireland; Visual Gallery, Ireland.

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