HighWire Creates a Buzz

Date: 11 March 2009

The recruitment day for HighWire, the new Doctoral Training Centre for Innovation in the Digital Economies, was held on March 11th and attracted much interest among potential applicants.

HighWire offers a unique interdisciplinary 4 year MRes+PhD programme that integrates the knowledge, skills and expertise of the Computing Department, Lancaster University Management School and ImaginationLancaster. Successful applicants will benefit from this EPSRC funded initiative that aims to develop a new breed of innovative people capable of understanding and advancing the state of the art in technical, design and business innovation.

The day included presentations about the programme, the areas covered by the three units and an introduction to the planned LICA/Imagination building, which will house the Highwire students from Autumn 2010. A Q&A session followed by lunch enabled attendees to discuss the programme with staff members from the various disciplines. In the afternoon, short presentations on recent research projects introduced the kinds of projects already underway in the three units, and provided a flavour of the types of projects that might be developed within HighWire PhD studies. Potential project areas include such topics as: The Impact of Emergent and Disruptive Communication Technologies on Rural Communities; Structuring of Organisations and Technology; Digital Products and Sustainability; and Democratisation and Open Innovation. The recruitment event ended with a walk through the campus to the site of the new building.

We are delighted by the level of interest that HighWire has generated and are very excited about launching this innovative, interdisciplinary venture. The scheme will enable students and staff to work collaboratively with private and public sector organizations on real-world projects. This will not only help foster a research culture that is relevant to societal needs and has impact, but it is also intended to give students insights and experience to better prepare them for future leadership roles. The scheme provides places for 50 PhD students over the next five years and eligible students will receive an enhanced stipend of over £16,000 p.a. during their studies.

Further information and application details are available at the HighWire website at: highwire.lancaster.ac.uk.


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts