Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
HighWire is a Doctoral Training Centre at Lancaster University. We have a post-disciplinary approach to innovation through research which crosses computing, design and management.
We are currently recruiting exceptional students with backgrounds in computing, design and management to join HighWire in 2013.
The centre is funded under the EPSRC Digital Economy programme and is supported by a range of companies including: AT&T, BBC, BT, Clifford Chance, CSMTC, HP Labs, Knowledge Partners, Microsoft, Mott MacDonald, O2 and Sony in addition to 20 micro-businesses and SMEs in the Northwest.
HighWire is a world class, cross-disciplinary and user-centric Doctoral Training Centre which places innovation at the heart of its curriculum and ethos.
We go beyond traditional multi-disciplinary approaches by seeking a creative fusion between three key disciplines, namely computer science, management and design.
The emphasis is on producing a new breed of innovative people who understand and are able to advance the state of the art in technical, design and business innovation: innovative people prepared to work in challenging roles in organisations and ready to drive radical change in the digital economy.
We closely align with the needs and goals of business and industry to ensure the relevance of our programme and to encourage technology exchange and early adoption of emerging technologies, processes and ideas.
This builds on the strengths of Lancaster University's InfoLab21 initiative, a recognised leader in technology exchange, to seek a more value-added and marketable pathway from the digital laboratory to the marketplace.
If you feel HighWire may be right for you please get in touch with us. You may also wish to attend a recruitment event to meet with key staff from HighWire, view our facilities and discuss potential directions for their PhD research.
HighWire held a very successful recruitment event on March 30th 2012.
For further details of the day and copies of the slides presented please follow the link to the right.
Clusters of topics will be developed with our extensive list of collaborating companies; an indication of the areas we will be looking at includes:
Exploring the impact of emergent and disruptive communication technologies and services on rural communities and the possible fusion of business and governmental opportunities arising from this contribution, especially for small and medium sized enterprises.
Looking at how organisational practices and capabilities are affected by the need for the development and marketing of digital innovations in the case of digital system producers, and the need for modifying digital artifacts and organisational practices to exploit capabilities offered in digital innovations in the case of organisational end-users.
This would explore ideas that enable an interdisciplinary approach to the challenge of design for sustainability. Grounded in technical feasibility and new production possibilities and informed by the need for transitions in business organisation, supply chains, etc. this will develop constructive and sustainable relationships between global and local/regional production.
This theme would study the emerging phenomenon of the democratization of innovation and its technical, business and design implications as a key strategic contribution to the digital economy. Areas of activity would include, citizen journalism, open source, co-creation, open innovation, post-participatory design and mass creativity.
Located at Lancaster University, we bring together world-class research expertise in computing, design and management. We have expertise in crossing and fusing together multiple disciplines. HighWire students are based in a new £10m centre for students, faculty and industrial partners to work intensely for sustained periods of time on new digital ideas, products, business models and initiatives.
HighWire offers a training programme, spanning four years and consists of an initial year of both formal and practical training, culminating in the award of a Masters of Research (MRes), followed by a three-year period of study leading to a PhD (i.e. successful students completing the programme will achieve two degrees).
The training will emphasise digital innovation through technologies, products, and processes and through close involvement with organisational end-users, producing career-related transferable skills that will make students valuable in a wide range of organisations.
The emphasis throughout the programme is on the overlap between the three disciplines. We seek to produce individuals who will inevitably remain grounded in a particular discipline, but who will also have an acute awareness and appreciation of the other disciplines.
Examples include the technologist with an awareness of the challenges of design (manufacturability, human-factors, aesthetics etc.) coupled with an appreciation of the business considerations of developing and marketing digital innovations into services and products, for organisational end-users and their customers.
To do so, we seek to create a creative space and a living laboratory where the PhD students can work together with other students, faculty and organisations, in clusters to develop and test emergent insights about innovation in the digital economy.
Our performance in successive research assessment exercises has placed Lancaster in the top 10 universities in the UK and this is reflected in an increasing portfolio of regional, national and international research partnerships that advance core disciplinary knowledge and address key societal issues.
Specifically, in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise HighWire partners were ranked nationally:
HighWire is part of a collabrative network including AT&T Research, Stanford D-School and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
To find out more regarding our cross disciplinary research and our current innovative student projects please visit our student-run sister site, highwire-dtc.co.uk
We are looking for excellent graduates coming from any of the partnering disciplines - computing, design and management.
Successful applicants will work in cross-disciplinary teams to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the digital economy with organisational partners.
We are offering bursaries to cover home/EU fees and an enhanced stipend of £17,090.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1524 510859
Prof. Gordon Blair
HighWire Doctoral Training Centre
The LICA building