…I come from a commercial background as a Design Consultant and Applied Researcher in Sustainable and Smart Materials, via my own Limited SME and institutions including Central Saint Martins, The Royal College of Art, AUT New Zealand, and the University of Brighton. Since January this year I have been developing the exciting post of Associate Dean, Enterprise and Innovation in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.
As you know we are keen to see you develop projects, engage with staff passions and skills across a diverse cluster of expertise, achieve professional qualifications, or experience postgraduate study. All to hone a multi-disciplinary toolbox of transferrable skills enabling your new goals and aspirations to be achieved. Alumni involvement in the Faculty is welcomed and actively encouraged. It is crucial to cascade your knowledge, to network, and to mentor and those colleagues who follow behind you.
I am proud to be a part of this university. I am a passionate advocate of embedding live research projects into the undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Alumni communities; moving between commercial design projects and formally funded research projects in the UK and overseas. These multiple complex collaborations with lecturing staff, technical colleagues, the student body, NGOs, and commercial partners enable larger interdisciplinary research clusters to be formed, for knowledge exchange towards ‘real world’ solutions and impact.
This is a challenging time for us all, but I believe the skill set you developed in the CCI Faculty are the perfect springboard for your future success.
Dr. Joan Farrer, RCA