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Innovation Studio

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant

Designed by renowned architect Sir Peter Cook, AUB's Innovation Studio is a unique resource for the south.

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and regional enterprises, and a hub for industry engagement, with a focus on collaboration, high-skills development, entrepreneurship, research, and prototyping.

Set in our state-of-the-art campus, the studio combines flexible workspaces with access to the latest industry-standard digital and physical manufacturing equipment, as well as the expertise and wealth of knowledge from AUB’s students, technical staff and academic practitioners.

Through this exceptional space we're proud to offer:

  • Seven-month Residency Programme to support start-ups
  • Six-month Associate Programme for local business to test concepts and prototypes
  • Access to AUB's Lab 4 Creative Technologies and other state-of-the-art resources
  • Upskilling masterclasses for professionals and businesses
  • 3D Design and Modelmaking facilities and expertise
  • Collaborative opportunities between industry and AUB staff and students

Explore how the Innovation Studio can help you and your business, or get in touch with our Innovation experts to discuss your needs.

Meet the team

Dr Christian McLening Director of Research and Development


Dr Asha Ward Postdoctoral Researcher in Creative Technology

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Kyra Gibson Graduate Innovation Intern


Explore the Innovation Studio

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
Creative Exchange

Collaborate with us

There are many ways to work with us – we can give you access to our equipment and expertise
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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.
People gathering around a table with models and photographs

Residency Programme

Our Residency Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio individuals, start-ups and SMEs developing new products or services.
Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant

Industry-standard resources

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.