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Creating an enterprise zone to work with industry

From developing a mesh coating that could help clean up oil spills to finding greener energy alternatives, our research is really making a difference.

Now, we’ve been awarded over £1.4m to develop premises in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts.

Spinout and start-up support

Twenty new University Enterprise Zones (UEZ) will be established in the UK, an initiative that encourages universities and businesses to work together to support local economic growth.

Our UEZ will house business accommodation with lab space, hot desks and meeting facilities co-located within one of our research institutes.

Up to 17 businesses will have the opportunity to be based at the UEZ, including spinout companies that are commercialising university research, and our student led enterprises.

Leading science site

The UEZ will be based at one of the UK’s leading science parks, the North East England Technology Park (NETPark), a hub of science-led research and development.

Businesses will have access to a wealth of guidance, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities from our academics and partners who will provide regular sessions to exchange knowledge across a range of subjects.

Collaboration

The UEZ will be open to all businesses who want to collaborate with the University and our partners, providing access to academic expertise.

Completion of the UEZ is scheduled for autumn 2020 and will open its doors to businesses in early 2021.

Find out more

Other news

Driving forward technology innovation

The University has a great track record for working with high-tech industries – including those in our own home region.

Our world-class research and teaching is helping to boost the tech sector in North East England, which now employs 30,000 people and is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020.

We’ve written a blog about our contribution to this vibrant sector, which has now been published on the UK Government’s website.

A generation of computer scientists

At Durham, we’ve been teaching computer sciences for the last four decades.

We know that the next generation of students need to be able to tackle big tech developments such as artificial intelligence and data science.

Our new £40m state-of-the-art Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building will provide the space and facilities to meet these challenges.

It will house an enterprise hub to encourage student and industry collaboration, provide a place for networking and enterprise expertise.

Stars of the future

Our students and staff are making waves in the tech industry.

Masters student Ryan Jessop recently picked up two national awards for his data expertise.

He was named Best Future Innovator at the Knowledge Transfer Network Best of Best awards, following a successful research partnership with digital marketing company, Clicksco. Ryan now works with Clicksco from their office in Middlesbrough, North East England.

Ryan’s talents were also recognised at the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science awards where he was named DataScientist of the Year.

Professor Sue Black recently joined our Computer Science department and is leading a new programme to increase the number of women working in tech. The programme, TechUP Women, is giving 100 women from the UK’s North and Midlands regions the opportunity to retrain for a tech career.

Alumni achievements

Our successful alumni are part of some brilliant tech companies in the North East of England.

Business School Alumna Giselle Stewart OBE is Director of UK Corporate Affairs at gaming company, Ubisoft, based in the North East of England.

Alum Ed Twiddy is at the helm of Atom Bank, the UK’s first digital bank, as Chief Operations and Innovation Officer. The bank’s headquarters is in the heart Durham.

  • Read our contribution to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport blog on tech in the north here.
  • Take a look at our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building
  • Read about TechUP Women and Professor Sue Black.

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.

For more information, contact paul.drury-bradey@durham.ac.uk.


Creating an enterprise zone to work with industry

From developing a mesh coating that could help clean up oil spills to finding greener energy alternatives, our research is really making a difference.

Now, we’ve been awarded over £1.4m to develop premises in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts.

Spinout and start-up support

Twenty new University Enterprise Zones (UEZ) will be established in the UK, an initiative that encourages universities and businesses to work together to support local economic growth.

Our UEZ will house business accommodation with lab space, hot desks and meeting facilities co-located within one of our research institutes.

Up to 17 businesses will have the opportunity to be based at the UEZ, including spinout companies that are commercialising university research, and our student led enterprises.

Leading science site

The UEZ will be based at one of the UK’s leading science parks, the North East England Technology Park (NETPark), a hub of science-led research and development.

Businesses will have access to a wealth of guidance, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities from our academics and partners who will provide regular sessions to exchange knowledge across a range of subjects.

Collaboration

The UEZ will be open to all businesses who want to collaborate with the University and our partners, providing access to academic expertise.

Completion of the UEZ is scheduled for autumn 2020 and will open its doors to businesses in early 2021.

Find out more

Fusing together creative industries

Durham researchers have helped local small businesses and sole traders to grow and develop as part of a regional programme.

We delivered the Teach your Art programme, empowering 28 business leaders from small and independent businesses in Durham to expand by teaching their own arts, crafts or digitally creative workshops to the public.

Supporting small businesses

The project was part of Creative Fuse North East, a partnership involving the five North East of England universities - Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside – that supported hundreds of small businesses, helping to increase innovation, create jobs and attract additional funding.

As part of the Teach your Art programme, participants took part in a training day and then tested their workshop ideas on university students and staff, before holding a day called Make in Durham, involving over 400 members of the public.

The day gave businesses a chance to meet with other like-minded business owners in the area and gain exposure in new markets.

Durham University spin-out, Intogral Ltd, which has developed image analysis technology used in the medical industry, worked closely with Newcastle University on a project as part of Creative Fuse North East.

Advancing artificial intelligence

The project, led by Newcastle, used Intogral’s artificial intelligence deep learning technology, which uses large amounts of data to teach machines to do tasks that usually require human input.

The technology was used to classify and cluster museum collections by object type and successfully identified those mislabelled by a human observer.

After testing, there were demonstrations to UNESCO, Interpol, Icom, and also commercial and private sector auction houses and private collectors.

Job creation

Creative Fuse has worked with more than 277 firms across North East England since it began in 2016. The programme, which has reached the end of its current phase, has created 23 jobs in the region.

Find out more

  • Creative Fuse North East
  • Creative Fuse North East, led by Newcastle University,received up to £811,064 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
  • Creative Fuse North East is a unique collaboration between Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside universities and is funded jointly by the universities and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Arts Council England (ACE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).