City, University of London’s Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice is now hosted by the Cass Business School. The Centre was founded in 2008 as a cross-School venture to undertake interdisciplinary research, teaching and knowledge transfer in creativity and innovation. Its growing focus on enterprise and on leadership in creativity and innovation make Cass a natural new host. The move, which will took place on the 1st August sees the Centre transfer not only its Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (the MICL), but also academics, researchers and funded projects. Moreover, the network of MICL alumni and its extensive community of practitioners will add to the existing wide range of Cass-centred professional communities. The Centre’s interdisciplinary research and teaching will continue to involve academics from across the City as a whole, and it is one of the few genuinely interdisciplinary and long-standing groups in the field globally.
The Centre’s Professor Neil Maiden is delighted: “Hosting the Centre in a world-class business school will offer exciting new opportunities. We look forward to taking the Centre to the next stage”.
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Who are we
The Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice is a unique collaboration between leading researchers and academics from all of City, University of London's five schools, combining research and education from Business, Design, Arts, Social Science, Computer Science, Health, Law, Engineering and more.
City is a world class centre of applied creativity research. In 2009, funding was granted by the City to establish the Centre for Creativity, which provides a focus for research, education and knowledge transfer activities around the core themes of innovation, creativity and leadership.
The Centre intends to become the UK leader in teaching, research and knowledge transfer for creativity in professional practice, ranging from informatics and engineering to business and the arts.
The staff involved in the Centre continue to work and do research within their individual Schools, while also contributing to the Centre's activities. We also have a small number of PhD students and visiting staff adding to the Centre's diversity.
What we do
Our Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership has been designed to give students the skills to turn ideas into action. Delivered by leading academics and industry experts from Cass Business School, School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Maths, Engineering and Computer Science, and the City Law School, the Masters delivers perspectives from the worlds of psychology, business, design, technology, creative writing, creative industries, leadership and law.
The Masters has a limited intake of maximum 20 students per year and is aimed at individuals who already have at least 3 years of work experience.
I originally anticipated that the MICL would provide core ingredients of theories, methods, tools and insights that could enhance my skills and thinking. It's definitely delivered these at the core. I have learned things that I would never have anticipated and challenged myself in completely unexpected ways. The subjects are intensely interesting, and you discover layers and layers of connections across disciplines, which can be used to create your own web of information and lens in which to view creativity, innovation and leadership.
Carrie Deacon, full time student on the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership
Dr Sara Jones was an invited speaker at the recent major EU ICT’2015 (Information and Communication Technologies) Conference in Lisbon, at which the EU launched its new research funding programmes. She talks to a large European audience about the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership, as well as our overarching approach.
Research is at the heart of the Centre for Creativity. Current projects include research into reflective learning at work, creative engagement with customer data, and an innovation framework for local councils.
Enterprise and Services
Between us we have a wealth of shared knowledge about what it takes to have great ideas and turn them into action. Want to get more out of your projects? We can help you give a boost to any project with our facilitated creativity workshops. Want to learn about motivating your employees to innovate and how to foster a climate of innovation within your organisation? Or maybe you're looking for specialised training programmes for your organisation? Talk to us about having tailored training programmes based on the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership.
The Centre regularly hosts talks and has an annual conference ICLCity. Take a look at the details of our past and current events.
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