Research Facilities

Construction of the Academy for Innovation & Research

Falmouth has made a significant investment in research facilities and infrastructure.

The Academy for Research & Innovation (AIR) is the hub of our research activity. Several new initiatives are also currently hosted in AIR, including the digital games hub, business entrepreneurship programmes and our embryonic computing initiative.

Researchers also have access to a wide variety of other campus-based facilities including:

AIR Studio

The Studio is home to several of our research and innovation focussed staff (professors, research fellows and research assistants), and the research student community. Studio residents, who work with our academics on collaborative projects, are also based here.

AIR Sandpit

The Sandpit is a specialist technology-enhanced collaborative workspace located within the AIR Studio that enables groups of stakeholders (researchers, external organisations and other partners) to come together under the guidance of a workshop facilitator to explore issues and challenges. We run a variety of events in the Sandpit from specialised conferences and workshops to our researcher and research student development sessions.

Alacrity Falmouth Digital Games Lab

This lab hosts the new digital games companies being formed at Falmouth using a market-led innovation model. The graduate entrepreneurship programme, run in association with the Alacrity Foundation, is currently being trialled in a one year pilot. We have recruited 20 recent graduates who have formed five business teams to address particular market opportunities identified with partner organisations such as Sony, BT, and Goonhilly Earth Station.

The Performance Centre

The Performance Centre has 700m2 of fully sprung Harlequin dance floors, 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios, 12 practice rooms, and a 200-capacity flexible theatre space that has been used by research projects such as Vconect. The Performance Centre is also home to the Centre for Performance Research, a resource centre and archive of international significance, which relocated to Falmouth in 2013.

Design Centre

The Design Centre has extensive provision for digital fabrication, including an industrial-scale five-axis milling machine and digital jacquard loom. It also houses extensive workshops for ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, metal and plastic machining and fabrication, including CNC routing and 3D printing in polymers and ceramics.

Media Centre

The Media Centre has a fully equipped TV studio with motion capture facilities, 18 video editing digilabs and a 106-seat cinema.


Makernow, established by the Autonomatic research group in 2013, is a 'Fab Lab' within an international network that facilitates community access to digital fabrication and supports research projects.


We have two libraries with a total catalogued stock of over 294,000 items, including access to academic journals and e-books. The library curates a number of research archives, including the Dartington Historical Records, the Ian Stern Photographic Archive and Institute of Cornish Studies Archive Collections. We have recently invested in an e-Prints Research Repository, now launched as the Falmouth University Research Repository, which is capable of hosting outputs from the creative sector.