Working with the Hub


Cross-sector, cross-disciplinary partnership is at the core of the Hub’s vision. Building on years of successful collaborative research with heritage and cultural organisations, and with businesses (SMEs and major corporations), the Hub believe that we work better together than we do apart.

All the work of the Hub is founded on triple helix collaborative working across the heritage and cultural sectors, academics across all disciplines and SMEs in the digital and creative industries.

The academic, social, cultural and economic benefits of TH collaborations were acknowledged by the EU’s funding of the Digital Cultural Heritage Demonstrator Project, and by the award of the EU Regions of Knowledge for SMART Culture and the AHRC funded CATH Project.

Working collaboratively we can enhance and augment diverse sets of knowledge, understanding, skills, experiences and resources, using them in novel combinations to maximise how culture and heritage can transform and be transformed. In doing so it increases access for audiences, opportunities for SMEs and research developments for academics.

Each Hub project builds upon, and feeds back into, a matrix of solutions that inform a dynamic innovative culture of productive partnership.

Triple Helix Working: Benefits of Hub partnership working

Collaborative working with the Hub has benefited the cultural and heritage sector and creative and digital SMEs by allowing them to develop innovative digital solutions. Working with the Hub team has meant access to expertise in  shaping content, developing applications  across a diverse range of digital specialisms as well access to  leading experts in Human Computer Interaction, psychology, massive dataset analysis, and visualisation. In addition the Hub’s partnerships with national agencies and stakeholders means there is intelligent brokerage to market information, investment and other expertise to develop these prototypes further.

In addition they gain improved access to, and understanding of, the working practices and major supply chains of the heritage and cultural sectors. As well as new disruptive methodologies in audience engagement, content distribution and user generated content. Partners can also make use of facilities that would otherwise be unavailable: access to massive compute power, superb 3D laser scanning facilities, render farming, and the Hub’s globally unique Prototyping Hall for user testing outputs with our diverse user groups. Partners can also draw upon a vast array of academics’ expertise to develop original and highly engaging research-driven content, as well as benefitting from the work of scholars who are leading experts in, for example, Human Computer Interaction, psychology, massive dataset analysis, or visualisation.

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 as can be seen with the recent AHRC Award for the D2ART Project.