Two projects using sound and advanced digital creative technologies will be developed to drive innovations in learning in schools and care of people with Dementia thanks to funding from CREST, GuildHE’s research network.
Memory Tracks will investigate the impact of music as a means to stimulate memory and promote independent living amongst those living with dementia. The project brings together academics in business, music composition and computer games to enhance software developed by tech start-up Memory Tracks. The proof-of-concept will be tested in a care home setting, facilitated by an on-site artist in residence.
Augmented Acoustic Reality will assess the feasibility of using sound
CREST engaged academics based at small and specialist universities with the themes of the government’s Industrial Strategy at it’s ‘Sandpit Match Event’, delivered in partnership with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). At this
The resulting projects competed for a share of the £12k award fund. The funding was partly sourced from CREST members and represents an innovative model of stimulating collaboration within and beyond academia and creating equitable partnerships with a genuinely co-designed approach.
Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive of GuildHE, said, “This innovative approach from GuildHE’s research network, CREST, shows how smaller and specialist universities are key partners in the delivery of the government’s Industrial Strategy by using creative collaborations with business and the third sector to tackle
Prof. Peter Childs, Director of CREST and
The projects will be supported by CREST throughout the twelve months of their award, with a view to creating sustainable outcomes that have
- Memory Tracks is a collaboration between academics at the University for the Creative Arts and Glyndwr University, tech start-up Memory Tracks, and the Pendine Park Care Home (Wrexham and Caernarfon). The project is led by Mark Brill, Lecturer in Advertising, UCA MBrill@uca.ac.uk
- Augmented Acoustic Reality (AAR) is a collaboration between academics at the University of Cumbria, University for the Creative Arts, Glyndwr University, and
Universityof Chichester, educational charity Albion Outdoors and Kielder School. The project is led by Dr Ian Convery, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Cumbria: firstname.lastname@example.org
- CREST is a research network of 27 institutions with a specialist focus or mission-based ethos. It is unique in not being defined by region, discipline, or funding source, and for its status as a sub-association of one of the two representative bodies for higher education, GuildHE.
- GuildHE is an officially recognised representative body for UK Higher Education. Its members include universities, university colleges, further education colleges and specialist institutions from both the traditional and private sectors. Member institutions include some major providers in professional subject areas including art, design and media, music and the performing arts; agriculture and food; education; maritime; health and sports. GuildHE member institutions have a particular focus on providing technical, professional and vocational higher education.
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