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Innovation Studio

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

Studio Wood

Developing capabilities in VR for design. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

James Wood, founder of Studio Wood in Bournemouth, Dorset is an industrial designer whose company focuses on projects that are accessible, solve problems, promote sustainability and enable positive change. James has worked for Nokia, LG and numerous European consultancies who have benefitted from his relentlessly sustainable approach to human-centred design.

Under an Access Voucher, Studio Wood has received free use of our SLS 3D printing lab for prototyping and in April 2018 co-hosted a workshop on 3D printing for design with the Museum of Design in Plastics. This design masterclass under our Meet the Maker events, was free to Dorset industry looking to learn more about product development. Studio Wood continues to collaborate with AUB on various projects that seek to research and development new ideas.

Studio Wood was awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher to develop in-house capabilities in virtual reality (VR). The match-funded grant enabled them to purchase new equipment and test new design processes with client work.

Find out more about Studio Wood’s work here.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises, and an industry engagement hub.
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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
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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.
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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. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Industry-standard resources

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