Creative, Digital and IT Task Force
- Published: Friday, 19 September 2014 13:36
- Written by Joseph
The creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) industries form a multi-trillion dollar market. This Task Force set out to answer the question:
How can the UK remain competitive in these growing global markets?
Please note: Positions listed are those held during the work of Task Force and not currently.
Rona Fairhead, CEO and Chair, Financial Times Group
Professor Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Surrey
Dr David Docherty CEO of CIHE, Chair of DTG Group
Mr Alan Jenkins, Managing Director, Kaplan Open Learning
Dr Bill Mitchell, Director, BCS - Chartered Institute for IT
Ms Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy, BBC
Mr Gavin Patterson Director, BT Group plc, CEO BT Retail plc BT Retail, BT Group
Mr Peter Phillips Partner, Strategy & Market Developments, Ofcom
Dr Mike Short Vice President, Research and Development, O2
Mr Nigel Carrington, Rector, University of the Arts London
Professor Julian Crampton, Vice Chancellor, University of Brighton
Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice Chancellor, University of London
Professor David Frohlich Director, Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey
Professor Adrian Hilton, School of Electronics and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey
Professor David Howard - Head of the Audio Laboratory, University of York
Professor Bernard King, Vice Chancellor, University of Abertay Dundee
Professor Elaine Thomas, Vice Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts
Expert Working Group
Mr Dominic Casserley, Director, McKinsey and Co
Ms Kate O’Connor, Executive Director, Skillset
Ms Davina Foord, Policy Advisor, Universities UK
Ms Liz Hollingworth, Research & Policy, e-Skills UK
Mr Phil Jones, Managing Director, Wired Sussex
Mr Rick Rylance, Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Silicon Valley and Federal Funding
Interdisciplinarity – Engineers of the Future BBC Academy
HighWire: A Doctoral Training Centre Focusing on Innovation in the Digital Economy
Centre for Digital Entertainment
The University of Abertay Dundee and the Games Industry in Dundee
The University of Surrey and the Guildford Cluster
University of Surrey Games Spin-Out I Kinema
The Growth of the Digital Media Cluster in Brighton
University of Sussex, School of Informatics and Animazoo UK
Silicon South-West Cluster
DigitalCity in Teesside
Government and its agencies
The UK government and devolved administrations should acknowledge the CDIT industries as a strategic priority alongside STEM. The fusion of technology with the creative and digital industries is as vital to the UK’s economic growth as that of science, engineering and manufacturing and requires the same level of policy focus.
The UK government should understand and facilitate the right environment for successful CDIT ecosystems – in particular by maintaining funding within the arts and humanities, encouraging interdisciplinarity in higher education, and by reducing bureaucracy in university-business relationships.
The UK government should review its procurement policies and R&D tax credits to encourage CDIT startups, KTPs and clusters.
The UK government should build on the Technology Strategy Board’s interdisciplinary CDIT programmes, and in particular encourage engagement in the Digital Test Bed initiative.
Universities and Funding Bodies
The Funding Councils should give the same priority to technology-heavy CDIT programmes as they do to STEM projects.
Universities must embrace – and be rewarded for – the interdisciplinarity that is fundamental to the development of successful CDIT products, services, practices and content.
Universities must open themselves to more and better ways of working with graduate-rich small and medium-sized CDIT businesses.
CDIT businesses must contribute systematically to the development of courses for the graduates they hire, by working with universities to ensure a broad range of business ‘touch points’ for students.
Business-HE collaboration should be at the heart of the new Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Major CDIT businesses should build on best practice and work jointly with universities to help develop graduate rich SMEs.
The ICT curriculum in schools must be radically overhauled to ensure the pipeline to Higher Education and employment is improved.
The Task Force helped lead to the Brighton Fuse and London Fusion projects, directly influencing to over £6 million in funding for creative and digital projects in Brighton and London.