thumbnail Exchanging creative ideas at Newcastle University

An ambitious project has been launched which aims to create new ways of taking part in  cultural experiences

Newcastle University is one of three universities involved in the £4m Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Creative Exchange, which will unite innovative thinkers with the digital and creative industries.

It will bring together creative sector businesses and connect them with digital designers, major corporations and leading researchers in the arts and humanities.

The aim is to create new products, experiences and business opportunities which will allow people to explore the wealth of information online which is ‘the digital public space’.

The Creative Exchange is led by Lancaster University, in collaboration with Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art (RCA).  It was launched with a recent symposium in Manchester.

Leading the Newcastle University research are Professors Peter Wright and Patrick Olivier.

Professor Wright said: “This is a very innovative project and we are proud to be part of it. Already, digital technology plays an enormous role in creative industries, from designing video games to journalism and digital art. What we will do is bring arts and humanities researchers together with our creative sector partners and help them exploit the latest developments in social media and pervasive technologies.”

The Creative Exchange is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy being launched across the UK.

As well as Newcastle, Lancaster and RCA, The Creative Exchange includes collaborators such as the BBC, Microsoft, MediaCityUK, FutureEverything, Tate Liverpool, Opera North, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, The Sage Gateshead, The Sharp Project, NESTA, Manchester Digital and the Arts Council England. More than 30 small and medium sized companies working in the sector are also involved.


published on: 24th May 2012

Key Facts:

  • Newcastle University is a Russell Group University
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014)
  • Ranked 16th in the UK for global research power (REF 2014)
  • Ranked 10th overall in the UK and 3rd for quality of staff/lecturers in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015
  • Amongst our peers Newcastle is:
    • Joint 6th in the UK for student satisfaction
    • Ranked 1st in the UK for Computing Science research impact, 3rd in the UK for Civil Engineering research power and 11th in the UK for Mathematical Sciences research (REF 2014)
    • Ranked 8th in the UK for Medical and Life Sciences research quality (REF 2014)
    • Ranked 3rd in the UK for English, and in the top 12 for Geography, Architecture and Planning, and Cultural and Media Studies research quality (REF 2014)
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) top 20 strategic partner
  • 93.7% of our students are in a job or further training within six months of graduating
  • We have a world-class reputation for research excellence and are spearheading three major societal challenges that have a significant impact on global society. These themes are: Ageing, Sustainability, and Social Renewal
  • Newcastle University is the first UK university to establish a fully owned international branch campus for medicine at its NUMed Campus in Malaysia which opened in 2011
  • Our international students put Newcastle University in the world's top 50 (ISB 2013) of global universities.
  • Newcastle University Business School is one of 20 Triple Accredited Business Schools in the UK