The Studio offers the academic community unique opportunities around knowledge exchange and a space to teach and work in a diverse and lively research culture.
In 2011 Watershed, University of Bristol and University of the West of England entered into an extended partnership to undertake collaborative creative technologies activities together including research, innovation, incubation, production and teaching.
For more information about recent partnership activity see News from the Studio: Academic Review Spring 2012
UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC)
Creating a unique link between leading edge research and creative practice, the DCRC is based at the Pervasive Media Studio. The combination of IT, computing, communication and creative industries with academic study creates an eclectic mix of experiences and perspectives within each project.
The DCRC represents and promotes the work of a diverse network of researchers from UWE's Faculty of Creative Arts and the Bristol Institute of Technology, pursuing research in several modes: critical inquiry, practice led and applied. The current research programme is built around the themes of Play, User Generated Content and Pervasive Media.
Tutorial sessions for both, the UWE MA in Media Practice and Culture and University of Bristol Computer Sciences, take place in the Studio. Piloted in 2008, students are also given technical support and the loan of kit to enable them to demonstrate their projects to a public audience.
The Studio has welcomed PhD researchers from the University Southern Denmark, the Centre for Computer Games Research of the IT University of Copenhagen, the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast and the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón"
"Thanks to the variety of interests and backgrounds of the residents, new insights and feedback always came from unexpected angles. The PhD seminar organized in the Digital Cultures Research Centre framework was helpful and had a good supportive spirit. I enjoyed the studio’s creative buzz very much, but also could always find the peace and quiet for writing when necessary. In my experience, Pervasive Media Studio is a unique hub for adventurous digital media activities." Olli Leino, Center for Computer Games Research in Copenhagen
"I carried out a temporary research stay at UWE for four months during summer 2009 and was based at the Pervasive Media Studio. I found a great working environment in which I was able to write most of my PhD dissertation and, at the same time, meet amazing people who were involved in different fields of digital media. The Studio’s collaborative spirit made the experience very enriching, because I learnt about other residents’ projects and was able to share some of my work with them, getting very interesting feedback. I loved attending to other residents’ presentations and, above all, casual chatting in the kitchen." Marta Martín Núñez, Department of Communication Sciences, Universitat Joume I of Castellón.
Graduate and New Talent Residencies
A unique opportunity open to new talent (recent graduates or people starting out in their careers) who would like to spend time developing a pervasive idea (commercial or creative) in an open and collaborative space. You may have studied engineering, technology, media, architecture or fashion, computing, design or performance. The idea could be completely new, or something you have begun to develop already. To apply, please look at the New Talent section of Join the Studio.