Falmouth is delighted to have been awarded €2.4 million for a European Research Area Chair (ERA Chair) to promote research excellence in digital games technology. The EU funded award constitutes Falmouth's largest single research project to date and will see the appointment of an internationally renowned Professor and a team of researchers with specialist skills in digital games technology.
Formally announced by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, the award forms part of the EU Horizon 2020 initiative. Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn described competition for the 11 ERA Chairs as "enormous". Falmouth, the only UK recipient, joins selected institutions from across the EU in this - the first round of ERA Chair awards.
Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, commented on the win: "This is a vital moment for Falmouth. The digital games market is experiencing exponential global growth and is an industry that Cornwall and Europe, could take the lead on."
"As a catalyst for regional development, high-level research in this area has the potential to make a significant contribution to the 'Grand Challenges' facing society. From health and wellbeing to carbon reduction, games technology and thinking has tremendously exciting economic and societal applications. I am confident that the award will enable us to develop our digital games research capacity, building on our strengths in the arts and games design."
The award complements Falmouth's commitment to digital games. We offer BA(Hons) Digital Games, research degree opportunities and a graduate incubation programme for aspiring industry leaders in the form of Alacrity Falmouth.
The successful Falmouth bid team included Professor Phil Moore, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation; Professor Phil Stenton and Associate Professor David Hawkins, Deans of Research & Enterprise; Professor Tanya Kryzwinska, Professor of Games Design; Dr Jeremy Richards, MBA Director; and Ian McCormick, Head of Research & Innovation Office.