Innovation Studio - Arts University Bournemouth

Growth Deal funding up to £1,400,000

Awarded to Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) secured funding from the Government's Local Growth Fund to support businesses in Dorset to research, innovate and develop their ideas by providing an Innovation Studio, which will act as base for small business start-ups, many of which will be AUB graduates.

AUB has submitted detailed plans for a new state-of–the-art Innovation Studio facility to be developed on its campus to support and develop the digital and creative industries. Designed to be both functional for its purpose and inspiring in its appearance, the Innovation Studio is set to be unique.

The Innovation Studio has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the region by encouraging employability between the University and local business, acting as a catalyst for growth. These businesses will be also be assisted by leading experts who work at the University and from contacts in the wider industry.

Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of AUB commented: “At AUB, we take great pride in the innovative and head-turning architecture that makes up our campus. We are delighted to be expanding upon our existing specialist resources to provide a creatively inspirational space for local businesses to experiment, innovate, be curious and push boundaries.”

Jim Stewart, Dorset LEP Chair, said: " The Dorset Growth Deal funded Innovation Studio at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) will provide state of the art space to support the creative and digital industries in Dorset. These industries are a priority sector for Dorset LEP and the Innovation Studio will contribute to the successful growth of this sector in the region."

Established in 1885 as a specialist institution, Arts University Bournemouth is a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.



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