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Projects and Research

Be part of our world-class research and innovation culture. Our projects combine cultural, creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills in the twenty-first century cultural and creative industries.


Embedding business, digital, and arts and humanities innovation in all our work equips students with essential skills, and with a knowledge of and respect for the working practices of others within their sector.

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ICCI Video

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Gulbenkian Video


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Creative Estuary

Kent leads a £4.3 million Cultural Development Fund project to transform the Thames Estuary into one of the most exciting cultural hubs in the world.

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Recent Projects

ICCI Fellowship Programme

A unique programme providing funding for individuals who want to extend the use of their research within the cultural and creative industries

Digital Access To Arts and Culture Beyond COVID 19

Dr Richard Misek from Kent's Film department has launched a new project which will explore widening access to arts and culture through streaming video

Unprecedented Exhibition

2020 was a year of unprecedented events. 2021 begins with hope of a vaccine and the promise of a return to normality. But what will that normality be?

Coronavirus Time Capsule

Company Three created a cumulative video time capsule, recording teenage experience during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

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Spotlight on Creative Careers

ICCI have partnered with Re:Generation2031 to create a series of panel interviews with people working in Creative Industries

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A Sonic Palimpsest

A Sonic Palimpsest: AHRC project aims to recreate soundscapes of the past and explore the use of sound in heritage contexts.

Digital Art Intervention

WAVES is a live video event based on the collaboration between Kent's School of Engineering & Digital Arts and Nanyang Tech University.

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Performing International Plays (PIP)

A not-for-profit, open access website which aims to empower and support teachers in their effort to diversify the curriculum.

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Cellular Dynamics

A unique visual and musical exploration of biology, capturing fascinating yet rarely-seen elements of laboratory research culture.

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bOing! Festival 2021

bOing! is such a huge part of our year at Gulbenkian and the University of Kent. We are thrilled to be planning bOing! for summer 2021.

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ART31 Kent

Arts events and opportunities created for young people, by young people.

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A Day At a Time

The everyday experience of time in the coronavirus pandemic

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Journey Around Our Rooms

An interactive space for writers to share the spaces in which they write. Where are we working and where do our imaginations take us?

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Playing A/Part: Autistic Girls and Identities

A public engagement event as part of the dissemination strategy of the AHRC-funded Playing A/Part project.

Research Centres and Networks

Digital Architecture Research Centre

DARC focuses on the application of digital technology in architecture and explores the creative use of digital technologies in design and fabrication.

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Film, Media and Culture Research Group

The group specialises in research that is collaborative, of high impact, international and interdisciplinary in scope.

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Digital Culture Research Network

Consolidating digital-oriented research and teaching at the University of Kent.

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Light4Life Hub

Light for Life brings together teams working on the technology, applications and understanding of light.

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European Theatre Research Network

A partnership between the University of Kent; the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London; and Aarhus University (Denmark).

Composers and Technology Research Group

Examining the role and influence of new and recent technologies in the creation, performance and dissemination of new music.

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Computational Intelligence Group

Investigating the interface between computer science and the domains of bioscience, cognition and physics.

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Medical Humanities Research Network

Fostering collaboration and exchange among medical and health humanities studies scholars.

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Centre for Technology, Innovation, Management and Enterprise

TIME provides its researchers with a platform to explore new and innovative approaches to topics related to the wider area of digital innovation.

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Centre for Creative Writing

We are excited by writing that changes the reader and, ultimately – even if it is a very small way – the world.

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Intelligent Interactions Research Group

The Intelligent Interactions group has interests in all aspects of information engineering, digital media and human-machine interactions.

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Centre for Heritage

Interdisciplinary study of heritage from the conceptual, and the virtual to the material fabric and its sustainable conservation.

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