The Hub adds value to all three areas of academic activity: research, learning and teaching, and administration. The Hub is a product of, and facilitates, deep cross-disciplinary collaboration within the higher education sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration with cultural institutions and industry.
A multiplier effect of partners’ knowledge, understanding, and resources is generated by working in teams that regularly combine arts and humanities scholars, social scientists, computer scientists, STEM academics, and professionals from the cultural and business sectors.
Such partnerships enrich the quality of research, generating outputs that are innovative, have demonstrable impact and, therefore, are especially attractive to funding bodies.
Furthermore, the technologies and knowledge being developed by Hub teams enable the creation of leading edge research, learning and teaching, and administrative tools, especially for multi-user, multi-touch interfaces and mobile devices.