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Yitong Sun - PhD Candidate in the Computer Science Research Centre

Redefining the Future of Art and Design

Looking forward, we must provide new programmes, research and scholarship opportunities to guide those unique imaginations – individually and collaboratively – towards answering the questions of tomorrow.

By creating a STEAM-driven university, we will challenge intersecting human, material and digital developments, and explore solutions through robotics, nanotechnology, biodesign, autonomy and interconnectivity (‘the internet of things’).

We will place our students alongside scientists and engineers at the beginning of collaborative projects and research questions, and reverse the current orthodoxies that typically place design at the end rather than the beginning of scientific or engineering projects.

Philanthropic gifts to the College and our students support a number of projects throughout the year which have a global impact. Recent highlights include:

The Terra Carta Design Lab
Launched by HRH The Prince of Wales and Sir Jony Ive, to highlight the urgent need to focus on the creative collaboration between art, science, design, and engineering to produce credible and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

The Grand Challenge
The biggest single-institution postgraduate design project in the world, supported by Logitech in conjunction with partners including ExtremeE and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation).

The Samuel Ross British Black Artist Grants
An annual initiative aiming to bridge community to industry by forming a layer of trust and connection, through grant awardances, community funding, design problem solving, resource donations, seed capital and academic integration.

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Reviewing work in the School of Architecture Studios