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New role to bring creative thinking into research

Durham has appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence to work within our world-renowned Arts and Humanities Faculty.

The role aims to open up new insights into research, realise the benefits of our world-leading research, and high-quality facilities in the most creative way possible.

Paul Drury-Bradey will work creatively with our academic staff, postgraduate students, and professional support services to foster innovative approaches to research impact.

Cultured career

Paul brings inventive thinking and practical know-how from a successful international career. In his early career, Paul worked for his local newspaper before moving to London to work for some of the capital’s leading culture agencies on projects for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Channel 4, Secret Cinema and Paramount among other clients.

After working at the Edinburgh Fringe and Cannes International Film Festival, Paul turned his skills in a new direction.

Paul said: “I've fine-tuned my business and coaching skills and spent more than two-years working for UnLtd – a funding body that supports entrepreneurs and start-ups with big ideas to deliver social impact in their community.

"I'm particularly excited about working in Durham because of its unique history and heritage. It's an extraordinarily beautiful place, but also a city with amazing potential. I'm thrilled to be in a position to help facilitate and focus the university’s activity around this native creativity and energy.”

Paul has recently returned to the North, where he is working with a small portfolio of independent places, artists and creative companies.

Sector growth

The creative industries were worth £1bn of regional gross value added (GVA) to the North East in 2017, second only to London, showing a 50% increase from 2010 and marking out the region as an area of growth for the sector.

As well as supporting social and community enterprise, Paul has delivered impactful projects in Moscow, New Delhi and Tokyo through the British Council’s Creative Entrepreneur Programme.

Paul will be working across the faculty between April 2019 and July 2020.

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