Two new "creativity zones", designed to give students and tutors opportunities to unleash and explore their ideas in state-of-the-art surroundings, were officially opened at the universities of Sussex and Brighton on 15 March, 2007.
Students are already benefiting through the award of 16 Creativity Development Fund projects, and will now have access to the creativity Zones, created in former offices and laboratories at both campuses. The zones feature the latest in screen technology, sound and lighting and are designed to be flexible to suit the needs of groups and individuals.
The zones are available for students across the disciplines - from engineering to creative writing. External groups are also welcome.
"The idea is towards a more generative experience where we use creative methods, the environment and technology to augment our innate creativity" says Peter Childs, InQbate director and professor of Engineering Design at Sussex.
The University of Sussex Creativity zone has been in use for teaching and learning since the autumn term and has held exhibitions of work by undergraduates studying concept design and MSc students from Informatics. The Sussex zone has also hosted workshops for school students in the "Young Entrepreneurs for Tomorrow" programme, which the university supports. The University of Brighton's Creativity Zone is also located alongside new design studios and includes a visualisation laboratory.
Richard Morris, assistant director of InQbate who is based at the University of Brighton, says: "The zone and new design studios will provide a wonderful resource for students and staff across the university and help forge even closer links with industry."
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