The Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) is the hub for research and innovation at Falmouth.
Home to our Graduate School and growing community of research students, AIR also facilitates collaboration with a range of partners including businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
Led by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), AIR provides leadership, specialist facilities and resources for research and innovation projects across the whole University.
Research at Falmouth
We have identified two cross-cutting strategic themes which provide focus for research at Falmouth: digital economy and sustainable design. Within these themes we also aim to meet our commitments to the social and economic regeneration of Cornwall - to enable innovative Cornish companies to achieve their full potential by developing new products and services, new routes to market and ready access to investors and suppliers locally, across the UK and beyond.
The digital economy theme concentrates on the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present in the arts and creative industries, as well as areas such as e-health and wellbeing, and smart environments.
We have established a significant body of research in this area and have secured external funding from national and European agencies for a variety of projects including Vconect, Mutual Recovery, Aspect, University of the Village, the Internet of Things, and eServices on Demand.
Research within the sustainable design theme focuses on how we make best use of the planet's resources through innovative design, covering topics such as future transport solutions, energy challenges, eco-town developments, the ageing population and the potential of Next Generation Broadband.
Innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise
Innovation is broadly defined at Falmouth and goes beyond the research environment. The Academy for Innovation & Research incubates new initiatives such as business start-ups and collaborative projects, and a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses where innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise form an integral part of the programme of study.
Recent initiatives include the development of a Digital Games Hub (a major new domain of research, taught provision and innovation), and Alacrity Falmouth, a pilot graduate entrepreneurship programme created in partnership with the Alacrity Foundation, which uses a market-led innovation model to create new business in the Digital Games sector in Cornwall.