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The Innovation HUB (UCAiHUB) Funding Scheme for Impact Projects aims to support staff members to undertake projects that have the potential to create social, economic, environmental or cultural impacts for industry, business or the community by building on expertise or knowledge in the University.

2022-23

Funded projects

The list of projects supported under the iHUB Funding Scheme

PASIC is an independent forum that aims to catalyse and accelerate discussions related to sustainability and cricket equipment and clothing. PASIC will complete this through initiating discussions online and face to face, organisation of innovation processes and facilitating connections. 

Partner: The British Association for Sustainable Sport: BASIS

UCA contact: Martin Charter

There is a gap in the market for bespoke career development for mid-career creative professionals who feel their practice has become repetitive, or need new thinking, but do not wish to undertake an academic MA or PhD. This pilot project is designed to test and assess the appropriate methodology for an independently run, self-sustaining, professional development course for this target group who wish to re-focus/find a new direction

This funding pilot a new and engaged business model for CPD in the arts and for artists. The program aims to sustain itself in the future through paid participation income generation.  

UCA Contact: Lesley Millar

 

The project brings together a multi-stakeholder group involved in the cricket gear ecosystem to explore an innovative materials substitution related to cricket gear. The project aims to analyse vegan leathers and evaluate the feasibility of the use for cricket gloves, batting pads and balls.

 

Partners: 

Gunn & Moore: producers of cricket gloves, pads, balls, bats, clothing and other gear: interested in prototype development of vegan leather cricket gloves, pads and balls 

Annas Annan: the producers of Piñatex – vegan leather that uses pineapple fibre; provider of materials 

UCA Contact: Martin Charter

 

The project uses a cutting-edge data analytics suite to identify key insights for Farnham Repair Café. Farnham Repair Café (FRC) is part of the global Repair Café movement led by The Repair Café International Foundation; as a charity, FRC aims to protect and safeguard the environment for the public benefit through the promotion of repair and re-use of products as a means of preventing and minimising waste disposal. The project will create a dashboard that monitors the repair activities of the repair café and identify key diagnostic issues and solutions by product category through text-mining 

The project contributes to public policy in relation to product repairability, standards and indicators 

Partners: 

Farnham Repair Café (FRC)

UCA Contact: Shawn J Li

 

The project brings together production industry practitioners, researchers, SMEs, service providers, creatives, educators, and learners in a symposium of networking and knowledge share. Held over two days at The Maidstone Studios in Kent, the event will host exhibitors, demonstrations, panel discussions, and networking, seeking to build regional networks and consider the future for working practices and skills development in a rapidly evolving sector.

 

Partners: 

Maidstone Studios

UCA Contact: Mike Rymer

 

As part of the Extended Senses: Embodying Technology Symposium 2022, this project supports a partnership with Rokoko and IJAD/OOT and creative industry professionals working on extended human sensing, through engagement with emerging modalities and technologies.

Partners:

RokokoRokoko is driving a paradigm shift in how creators work with animation and digital motion.

IJAD Dance Company

UCA Contact: Camille Baker

 

The project brings people, artists and cultural organisations together to discover residents’ stories, make neighbourhood connections, and discover the particular housing estate Maiden Lane Estate in Camden in a new light, through the cutting-edge technology of Augmented Reality (AR).

The project is part of the Camden People’s Museum. A new concept in the ‘museum’ space challenges preconceptions of what a museum is – it has no door, no walls and exists in the world around us, spread across the Camden landscape. ‘Visitors’ to the Camden People’s Museum can enjoy its collection of artworks and experiences that reveal the stories, sounds and spirit of one of London’s most iconic boroughs.

 

 

Partners: 

Camden Council

Arcade.ltd

UCA Contact: Steffi Klenz

 

 

The project's aim is to create a link between the academic and creative research happening at UCA and the population of Farnham (and visitors to the town)Working with the Museum of Farnham’s archives and historians to develop the content, and with local people to record songs, poetry and story, lead artist Sophie Austin will weave together this material to convey the trauma and troubles that keep phantoms returning to the historic buildings of Farnham. The self-directed circular walk will start and end at the Museum of Farnham and will take in ten sites around the centre of Farnham. 

Partners: 

Museum of Farnham 

Farnham Town Council 

UCA Contact: Roz Mortimer

 

Working in partnership with the Hale Community Centre, this project runs outreach animation workshops for young people with complex needs in the Farnham area. Workshop activities are themed around materials in the Animation Archives – primarily, in the first instance, from the Bob Godfrey Collection.  

The project benefits local young people who are socially excluded and makes the Animation Archive an inspiration for creative projects partners: 

Hale Community Centre

UCA Contact: Birgitta Hosea 

 

The project supports a partnership aiming to understand the differences between living and recorded reminiscence music for people living with Alzheimer’s.  This research question is used as a catalyst for knowledge exchange and conversation and forms a backdrop for a series of workshops that bring together music practitioners, caregivers and academics.    

Partners: 

LifeCare - LifeCare supports older people, those living with dementia or poor health, and the people who care for them. 

UCA Contact: J. Harry Whalley

 

'Dear Ukrainians’, is an observational documentary that, over the next year, will follow the ‘Homes For Ukraine’ scheme through the lives of the families and individuals who have signed up. The production team will be made up of Ukrainian refugee filmmakers, UCA students and a professional documentary crew supported by Pinball London an award-winning independent production company.

Partners:

PinBall London – Production company

UCA Contact: Zoe Sale

A group of sector leaders including the Fast Forward research group are working together to affect change for women photographers and audiences in all aspects of our society.

The project aims a novel moving image artefact about the 17th century history of enclosures as changes in the social relationships of agriculture that have shaped the rural landscapes around Farnham. The objective is to enhance the collection and interpretation that informs and intrigues visitors to the Farnham Museum. The project also involves students in a small production on location dramatizing the making of a mapping survey using an Alidade – a 16th century surveying instrument. 

Partners: 

Farnham Museum

UCA Contact: Stephen Connolly

 

"Archive discoveries and the power of symbols" project is a collaboration with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum New York, based on Henry Dreyfuss’ work with symbols to formally launch The Symbol Group at the inaugural symposium “Symbol ’22: Dreyfuss at 50” (7 & 8 October 2022) celebrating 50 years since the publishing of Dreyfuss’ Symbol Sourcebook in 1972. 

The project will engage the wider public and the research community by establishing an interactive archive experience and developing further online projects. 

Partners: 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

UCA Contact: Sue Perks