Centre for Creative Learning

Lucy Devall

Innovation Manager – Centre for Creative Learning

MSc Innovation for Sustainable International Development, BA (Hons) International Fashion Marketing


Lucy is the Innovation Manager and is responsible for developing industry innovation activities for the university. Activities cover access to AUB facilities, collaboration with staff and students and grant funding through European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). AUB’s innovation projects are aimed at helping private and third sector organisations develop their capabilities for innovation, as well as enrich our student experiences of professional practice and entrepreneurship.

Lucy has a background in managing innovation projects and a keen interest in sustainable development. Initially trained in textiles and clothing manufacturing she has worked within smart textiles, fashion marketing and more recently led research and development projects for maker space institutes in the UK and east Africa, with a focus on design thinking, citizen technology and appropriate technology for sustainable development. In 2012, she set-up a social enterprise that works with schools across England and parts of east Africa, focusing on design-thinking for sustainability.

Professional practice

Awarded 2019 Global Challenges Research Funding (GCRF) to explore design interventions for public rescue efforts in Zanzibar, Tanzania, alongside the RNLI International team.

Successfully led on the bid and coordination for the RNLI Design Out Drowning challenge (2018) which provides staff and student MA architecture support for environmental auditing of key sites across Devon and Cornwall.

Continues to provide support for knowledge exchange projects that cover student live briefs, student internships, staff research opportunities and consultancy support with external organisations.

Co-curator of the Creative Exchange exhibitions (2018-2020) showcasing staff-led Knowledge Exchange projects from across AUB.

Lucy is an active member of AUB’s Environment Committee and the Tier 1 visa panel for graduate entrepreneurship.


  • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (2019–2019)

Research Specialism

I have been awarded Global Challenges Research Funding (GCRF) for 2019 to research design interventions for public rescue in low-resource environments, alongside the RNLI International team. In September 2019, I travelled out to Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, to undertake exploratory research alongside Fran Conrad from MA Design and Innovation. 

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