Research & Innovation

From defending human rights to finding sustainable technology solutions, creativity is vital in the fight for a better future.

Research & Innovation

Research at Falmouth is at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, where human-centred design, innovation and storytelling are fundamental to making digital technology both useful and meaningful. Responding to market demand and working hand-in-hand with industry, our research takes creativity beyond the creative sector into other high-growth markets including e-health and wellbeing, aerospace and agri-tech.

Our work delivers outputs with global impact. However, our approach is firmly rooted in the needs of our local community. Committed to championing and bolstering the Cornish economy, we’re mindful of how the region can provide an exceptional testbed for innovative research programmes.

Selected projects

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Open AIR stairs

Research & Innovation Projects

Our research cross disciplinary boundaries and tackle the challenges of our age, aligned to our rese...

Research & Innovation Projects
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South West Creative Technology Network

The South West Creative Technology Network drives both blue-sky thinking and real-world developments...

South West Creative Technology Network
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Lobster Grower & Lobster Grower 2

Lobster Grower is a consortium led project, working to establish a low-carbon method of rearing lobs...

Lobster Grower & Lobster Grower 2
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Online Orchestra image

Online Orchestra

By harnessing the internet, the Online Orchestra gave people living in remote communities the opport...

Online Orchestra
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The South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications

The South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications is developing space-focused research ...

The South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications
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Bee Brick

Bee Brick is an innovative product, offering the dual function of being a construction material that...

Bee Brick
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Polish Vermin

Polish Vermin is a piece of theatre which explores the lives of EU migrants living in the UK in the ...

Polish Vermin
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The Sowenna project

The Sowenna Project is developing a VR environment with young people who have mental health problems...

The Sowenna project
Fog of Sex
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Fog of Sex (Stories from the frontline of student sex work)

Fog of Sex (Stories from the frontline of student sex work) is a 60-minute drama documentary which w...

Fog of Sex (Stories from the frontline of student sex work)
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Ambulatory heart rate variability monitoring, distress, and self-harm in university students

This project aimed to track the parasympathetic nervous system of university students by using a hea...

Ambulatory heart rate variability monitoring, distress, and self-harm in university students

Launchpad

Our venture studio forms elite teams to create high-tech, success-driven startups that work alongside strategic partners and investors to develop market-led solutions. Whether you're a founder or an investor, discover what Launchpad can do for you and how you can become part of the community.

Find out about Launchpad
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Get involved

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Research Programmes

Falmouth's research and innovation programmes use transdisciplinary approaches. Explore programmes a...

Research Programmes
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Research Degrees

Falmouth offers both theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil. ...

Research Degrees
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Open AIR stairs

Research & Innovation Projects

Our research cross disciplinary boundaries and tackle the challenges of our age, aligned to our rese...

Research & Innovation Projects

Support & information

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Corporate Information

Falmouth University has a history of more than 100 years of creative thinking and design innovation.

Corporate Information
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Research & Innovation Leadership

Our leadership team is a collaborative community crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Research & Innovation Leadership
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Research & Innovation Governance

Falmouth University is committed to upholding the highest standard of research excellence.

Research & Innovation Governance
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Research & Innovation Funding

Find out how to contact our funding team and explore our wide ranging portfolio of research projects...

Research & Innovation Funding
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Research Support

We recognise the importance of attracting, nurturing and supporting research talent.

Research Support
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Launchpad building

Research Facilities

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

Research Facilities

Research & Innovation news

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Enys Men premieres in Cannes

20 May 2022

Enys Men, the latest feature film to be written and directed by Falmouth University’s Distinguishe...

Enys Men premieres in Cannes
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Falmouth receives outstanding result in Research Excellence Framework

12 May 2022

100% of Falmouth University’s research impact case studies and 63% of its research outputs have be...

Falmouth receives outstanding result in Research Excellence Framework
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Connected Health Care team shares project research at REWIRED 2022

07 April 2022

Researchers from The Connected Health Care team presented at the Digital Health REWIRED Conference i...

Connected Health Care team shares project research at REWIRED 2022

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary

22 March 2022

The award-winning short film Backwoods, which was developed by Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema lab, ...

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary
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Dr Lee Miller

Dr Lee Miller appointed as Head of Postgraduate Research

22 March 2022

Dr Lee Miller will join Falmouth University as Head of Postgraduate Research and Associate Professor...

Dr Lee Miller appointed as Head of Postgraduate Research
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Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Falmouth and Tongji universities launch augmented reality research programme

04 March 2022

Chinese-Cornish collaboration will see regional garden attractions working together with researchers...

Falmouth and Tongji universities launch augmented reality research programme
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Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel

21 January 2022

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab has added a new film to its portfolio. Students and staff have collaborat...

Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel
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For Attune

Provost Eunice Ma discusses mental health project on BBC podcast

21 January 2022

Professor Minhua Eunice Ma, Provost of Falmouth University, spoke to Dr Daisy Fancourt and Professor...

Provost Eunice Ma discusses mental health project on BBC podcast
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Hand Holding

Connected Health Care research project enters exciting new phase

12 November 2021

The Connected Health Care research project is calling on unpaid carers to come forward and participa...

Connected Health Care research project enters exciting new phase
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The Tape Poster

Student crewed film another Cinema Lab success story

09 November 2021

Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab gave students the chance to work in key production roles fo...

Student crewed film another Cinema Lab success story
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Re Brand New

Reporting Earth provides platform for valuable climate crisis reporting discussions

29 September 2021

On Tuesday 21 September, Falmouth University hosted Reporting Earth, an online journalism summit&nbs...

Reporting Earth provides platform for valuable climate crisis reporting discussions
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2019 Vika Books Jo Hounsom Photography Bird

New report highlights transformative capability of creative tech clusters in South West England

27 September 2021

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) will present a new report at an online event on 2...

New report highlights transformative capability of creative tech clusters in South West England
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Mike Robinson

£33,000 worth of Aerospace Funding for Cornish Start-up

09 July 2021

A start-up from Falmouth University’s venture studio, Launchpad, has received an offer o...

£33,000 worth of Aerospace Funding for Cornish Start-up
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Dance Female Sitting Stretch Calex Faulkner 1

Blending creativity with technology to tackle trauma in young people

28 June 2021

Academic researchers from Oxford University have teamed up with Falmouth University to deliver ATTUN...

Blending creativity with technology to tackle trauma in young people
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Falmouth and the UK Space Agency work together to amplify the voice of carers

11 June 2021

With Carers Week 2021 underway, Falmouth University’s ground-breaking project ...

Falmouth and the UK Space Agency work together to amplify the voice of carers
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New Kerdroya

Kerdroya: Cornish mythology meets Pokémon GO

05 May 2021

Professor Tanya Krzywinska and a team of developers from the Games Academy, including Tim Phillips, ...

Kerdroya: Cornish mythology meets Pokémon GO
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Launchpad Compressed

Falmouth Launchpad Becomes a Global Start-up Studio

09 April 2021

Falmouth University’s venture studio, Launchpad, has been accepted into the Global Startup Studio ...

Falmouth Launchpad Becomes a Global Start-up Studio
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Launchpad partners with Code First Girls

08 April 2021

Launchpad, Falmouth University’s venture studio, has joined forces with Code First Girls to o...

Launchpad partners with Code First Girls
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Wilderness Coast2

Student-crewed film released for streaming

06 April 2021

Wilderness, written by Falmouth associate professor Neil Fox and crewed almost entirely by Falmouth ...

Student-crewed film released for streaming
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Meet the women bridging the digital divide

12 March 2021

The Connected Health Care (CHC) project seeks to provide a digital infrastructure for primary care, ...

Meet the women bridging the digital divide
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Lost And Found Workshop 1

A springboard to the future

12 March 2021

Falmouth has launched a new, free, guided programme of creative activities to help students destress...

A springboard to the future
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Launchpad start-up named as Innovation Camp finalist

09 March 2021

Launchpad start-up, Data Duopoly, are one of just 15 selected from over 400 global start-ups to be n...

Launchpad start-up named as Innovation Camp finalist
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Birds Eye View Of Caracas In The Panphlet By Arturo Rivera 1897
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The Creative Writing lecturer reclaiming Venezuelan history

26 February 2021

Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel, course leader for BA Creative Writing Online, has been granted one of ju...

The Creative Writing lecturer reclaiming Venezuelan history
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Dr D Ferrett Profile Image

Lecturer establishes historic Royal Musical Association study group

16 February 2021

Dr D Ferrett, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, has become one of four academics to form the Popular...

Lecturer establishes historic Royal Musical Association study group
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Sicl

Success for Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab

22 December 2020

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab, the externally facing production and research hub at the School of Film ...

Success for Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab
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Ruth Heholt Catherine Crowe

English lecturer releases two new books

17 November 2020

Dr Ruth Heholt, Senior Lecturer in English, has recently published two new books that explore V...

English lecturer releases two new books
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Funding Call Open for Technology Expansion in the South West

09 July 2020

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) are proud to announce the launch of the Data Prot...

Funding Call Open for Technology Expansion in the South West
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Data Duopoly Tanuvi Ethunandan

Launchpad Business Co-Founder is Awards Finalist

02 April 2020

Tanuvi Ethunandan, the Co-Founder of Launchpad incubator business Data Duopoly, has been announced a...

Launchpad Business Co-Founder is Awards Finalist
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BAIT BAFTA win

BAFTA Win for BAIT

03 February 2020

Congratulations to Film lecturer Mark Jenkin and producers Early Day Films, for winning a BAFTA in t...

BAFTA Win for BAIT
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Architecture Students Create Structure for National Trust

25 October 2019

First year Architecture students are gaining valuable industry experience in a live-build project wi...

Architecture Students Create Structure for National Trust
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Beacon Benches: Architecture Students Collaborate with Community

10 June 2019

First year students from BA(Hons) Architecture have been working with the local community to create ...

Beacon Benches: Architecture Students Collaborate with Community
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£700k for Future-Focused Museums Project

18 April 2019

A collaborative project, led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP with Falmouth University and th...

£700k for Future-Focused Museums Project
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Pioneering Games Project Enhances Museum Experience

11 December 2018

Lecturers from the Games Academy have been working with the Cornwall Museums Partnership o...

Pioneering Games Project Enhances Museum Experience
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Songbird

Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award

07 June 2018

A film featuring an A-list actress, funded by Falmouth University and crewed by Film and Television ...

Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award
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£6.5m Project to Drive Digital Innovation in the South West

15 May 2018

A project worth £6.5million is being launched across the South West to expand the use of digital te...

£6.5m Project to Drive Digital Innovation in the South West