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Sign Media Enterprise

The project is aimed at supporting deaf and hard of hearing professionals who are currently self-employed and those who are considering Media as a route to employment.

The project includes the creation and implementation of an app specifically tailored to secure instant access to sign language and technical information whenever the target user encounters it.

An online training course will be developed so as to allow the deaf and hard of hearing to gain and enhance their skills in the national written language, as well as the national sign language.

As part of the project, a number of methodologies will be implemented in order to develop the design of the app and complete the actual technical development and functionality, including the creation of signed videos.


Start: 01 September 2017

End: 31 August 2020

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA202-036682

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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Sign Media Vocational Training

The project is aimed at supporting deaf and hard of hearing professionals who are currently self-employed and those who are considering Media as a route to employment.

The project includes the creation of a French glossary in order to enhance the knowledge of sign language, which importance is still not well acknowledged. A series of inspirational media trainings will also be delivered. They will be focused on giving participants a series of principles, strategies and techniques to work smarter and more efficiently in the new paradigms of media production.

Support will be given to deaf and hard of hearing professionals in order to boost their employability in the media sector by removing barriers to language, as well as the promotion of mobility and collaboration within an active European deaf and hard of hearing community.



Start: 01 September 2017

End: 31 August 2020

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA202-036690

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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MinD - Designing for people with Dementia

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‌This project aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity. In a social context, this can cause difficulties of recognizing, relating to and empathising with other people. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being.

Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. Utilising the concept of mindful design, we will investigate innovative design solutions to enable selfempowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. We will specifically focus on two areas: personal difficulties with social interaction and environmental influences on social engagement. In these two contexts, we will study how personal, wearable designs can help mediate perceptions of identity and emotion management; and how environmental aspects can reduce feelings of information overload and instill feelings of self-empowerment and control.

The outcomes and benefits of the project will include: the development of new uses of design for helping people with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being; the presentation of a robust methodological co-design framework for the development and evaluation of the designs in dementia care settings; the development of a holistic mindful model of designing and of a model for mindful care for social engagement for people with dementia; policy recommendations for the inclusion of design within dementia care.

This groundbreaking project will be enabled through an innovative consortium of academic and non-academic partners that combines research in product and environmental design, ICT, and dementia care.


Start: 1 March 2016

End: 28 February 2020

Duration: 48 months

Funding stream: Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Project number: 691001-MinD

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More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer or Ms Alison Carminke‌‌

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691001

ABbA-EUROPE - Sign+Sound Theatre

"Accessible and inclusive culture" is one of Creative Europe's key aims. The EC's European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 aims to "remove barriers to equal participation in...leisure activities".

This project addresses both by removing "attitudinal barriers", exploring new ways to produce inclusive arts, for inclusive audiences. It aims to lead to artists and spectators, with(out) disabilities, enjoying the same theatre experience at the same time, and without one artist/audience being favored over another. It works on a Europe-wide problem around lack of inclusion in the arts.

It does this through 3 strands of activity: 
1) Test ways of cooperation between cultural centres and service providers to work together to engage a range of audiences (with(out) disabilities) in inclusive art performances. 
2) Encourage deaf and hearing artists to collaborate through piloting ((play: guardians of dreams) a new theatre technique - Innovative Bilingual Theatre (IBT) - using integrated sign and spoken language. 
3) Trial ways to adapt IBT for other different needs and media, e.g. blind, learning difficulties.

The project provides capacity building and transnational mobility through workshops in three areas: 
1) For cultural and service provider organisations, to learn how to engage audiences with different needs in the arts (theatre as a trial); 
2) For artistic directors, to learn how to use IBT as a tool for developing inclusive theatre performances (or adapt it to other media and needs); 
3) For artists, to learn how to perform using IBT in collaboration between artists with different needs (e.g. hearing and deaf).

The pilot IBT performance is a play produced by 6 partner countries, and premiered and toured in each.

The project concludes with a conference in Brussels, (International Deaf Week, 9/19). This will include results and feedback from the workshops and performances, and will present the guidelines and the recommendations for European policy makers.


Start: 1 July 2017

End: 31 December 2019

Duration: 30 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe small-scale cooperation project

Project number: 583692

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More information: Ms Alison Carminke

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CASTLE - New employability skills and business creation in the audiodescription and subtitling sector


The project is aimed at enhancing the status and professional role of audio describers and subtitlers, who are to be considered as proper entrepreneurs and capable of opening up new business ideas and opportunities. Participants will access training workshops to boost their enterprise skills and develop the knowledge on how to promote the business of audio description and subtitling among theatres, museums and cinemas.

The project includes the realisation of a practical start-up handbook for Entrepreneurs in field of cultural accessibility (focus on audio description and subtitling for visual and hearing impaired people). This will be a unique transnational product containing all steps required for launching a new business.

The development of an interactive web platform will offer participants the opportunity to be supported in the identification of the winning business model which enables them to start up their own business career.


Start: 01 November 2017

End: 31 October 2019

Duration: 24 months

Funding stream: Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA204-036688

More information: Ms Alison Carminke

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EGap - Epistemological Gaps in Cultural Theories of the Soviet East and Democratic West in the 1960s and1970s

This project is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. The fellow is concerned with opening out the period of Brezhnev’s Thaw in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, to a renewed scrutiny. Covering art theory, cultural theory, philosophy, and political philosophy, the research will draw on both key and forgotten works, such as those by Evald Ilyenkov, Yuri Davidov, Lev Vigotsky, Georg Lukacs and Mikhail Lifshitz, as well as the critical legacy of Moscow conceptual art in order to better understand the dynamics of Soviet culture and its influence on contemporary culture, politics and art in Europe. This fellowship will challenge the largely negative perception of the cultural and philosophical achievements of this historical period. By using a cross-disciplinary approach, the fellow will demonstrate how the Brezhnev period, contrary to received views, produced a rich array of heterodox social theories, critical thinking, and cultural practices, that are comparable to Western emancipatory thinking and cultural theory of the time, but, remain, in quality, ambition and character, very different to their Western counterparts. The fellowship aims, then, to transform the conventional approach to post-socialist studies within the European academic context, in order to
support and enhance a much needed cultural dialogue between the European Union and Russia.

Start: 1 September 2017

End: 31 August 2019

Duration: 24 months

Funding stream: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Project number: 752417

More information: Prof John Roberts and Dr Francesco Paradiso

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 752417


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AEERO will develop a high quality mobile and online learning platform. The platform will host employer-led instructional video/ interactive artefacts which will be created during the project and used for the vocational training of aerospace manufacturing apprentices predominantly, and established workers.

The platform and supporting materials will provide a VET based model for sector apprenticeships. This is vital to meet the needs of the industry (skills shortages, competition etc.) and provide skilled workers. It will also provide opportunities for existing workers to upskill.

Ultimately, AEERO will be committed to facilitating continuous and lifelong access to high quality VET for space industry workers from all demographics. This will positively contribute to the competitiveness of European based aerospace industries who operate in a growing, yet challenging global market. AEERO will meet these specific needs of the industry.


  • University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom) (Project coordinator)
  • Alba Società Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy)
  • Bellyfeel Media Limited (UK)
  • INOVAMAIS - Servicos de consultadoria em inovacao tecnologica S.A. (Portugal)
  • Filmesdamente (Portugal)
  • In-Comm Training and Business Services Limited (UK)

Start: 01 September 2016

End: 31 August 2019

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2016-1-UK01-KA202-024658

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More information: Ms Sam Hope

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British Women's Travel Writing, 1780-1840: Communities of Authorship

British Travel Writing project logoThis project, funded by the British Academy, aims to restore visibility to 139 women who published travel books as authors, co-authors, contributors, letterpress writers, editors, and translators during a period in which women’s travel writing became established in Britain and Ireland. Original biographical research on these authors will contribute to our knowledge of the conditions of publishing, networking, and support that helped women become transformative presences in a male-dominated genre. The research builds upon and augments the Database of Women’s Travel Writing (DWTW), launched at Chawton House Library in July 2014, which aims to provide accurate bibliographical entries for all books of travel by women published in Britain and Ireland during this period. This final phase of the project will produce a biographical dictionary of women travel writers, expand the database to include new categories of collaborative authorship, and enhance the user interface to maximise open access to the research.

***You can access and search the database***

Start: 1 May 2016

End: 31 January 2018

Duration: 21 months

Funding stream: British Academy Small Research Grant

Project number: SG151709

More information: Dr Ben Colbert

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Maker-centric: building place-based, co-making communities


This AHRC-funded project will work reflexively with groups who used the applied arts in an amateur context, to co-create and assess two distinct, contrasting routes to enhanced civic participation and the challenges they involve. Group co-reflection concerning the challenges participants face will be undertaken at two key points (June & October) and Community Ambassadors will keep reflexive diaries/blogs logging their perspectives on the challenges and benefits of participant involvement in purposeful collective making.

Working with minority groups such as the South Asian women's Textile group at Soho House Museum (SHM) and new groups accessed through partner organisation Creative Black Country (CBC), the project will further explore the potential for collaborative making to address difference and inequalities of access to engagement by building trust and cooperation through purposeful making: the shared enthusiasm of communities of interest, for instance, and/or by providing a safe space to address difference, promote reciprocity, reflection and critical thinking

Start: 1 February 2017

End: 30 November 2017

Duration: 10 months

Funding stream: AHRC Follow-on Funding: Impact and Engagement

Project number: AH/P009638/1

More information: Prof Fiona Hackney