Connecting the University with creative, innovative and design-led organisations

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About us

The Centre of Enterprise, Design & Innovation (CEDI) is primarily a knowledge exchange centre, building collaborative networks with the highly innovative creative and digital industry sectors. The University’s four academic development themes of Student Engagement, Technology, Design & Innovation and Employability provided the impetus for the creation of the centre, linking University and student activities with creative, innovative and design-led organisations.

What we do

CEDI supports the research, analysis, design and innovation processes that provide a distinct competitive advantage within innovative, creative and digital enterprises. The Centre supports start-up and scale-up activities, developing strong support networks that link the academic, student and creative digital communities.

Key CEDI Knowledge Exchange services

  • Product/service design and prototyping
  • Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship support
  • Innovation market assessment
  • Business diagnostics
  • Design thinking
  • Access to digital technologies
  • Collaborative projects
  • Network access to innovation support and funding opportunities

Digital Innovation Lab

Supported by external and internal funding, CEDI has designed and developed a physical space within the University of Winchester Business School to support Engagement and Knowledge Exchange:

  • Digital engagement: augmented and virtual reality, web/app design and development, 3D-printing, 3D scanning, 3D visualisation and Computer-Aided Design
  • Digital prototyping & simulation: developing VR simulations and physical/virtual models via student project in collaboration with creative businesses
  • Digital development: creating and adapting content and virtual environments for organisations
  • Training: Adobe, Autodesk and Apple ACA

The Digital Innovation Lab is the focal point for all CEDI knowledge exchange with the creative digital economy. To find out more about our networks and stakeholder partnerships, see below.

Contact us

Dr John Richardson, Co-Director and Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management

Debs Wilson, Co-Director and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media (Design & Technology)

Meet the team

  • Dr John Richardson, Co-Director (Business Enterprise Engagement & Innovation)
  • Debs Wilson, Co-Director (Heritage Interpretation Design & Design Thinking)
  • Paula Doughty-Young, Project Manager
  • Paul Wilson (Design & Multimedia Projects) 
  • Kerry Wort (Design & UX Applications) 
  • Sam Barker (AR & VR Applications/3D Printing) 

Steering Group

  • Dr David Birks (Chair)
  • Brian Peaston (IBM Design Director)
  • Malcolm Garratt (RDI, FRSA & Creative Director of Images&Co)

Visiting Fellows

  • James Dorrell
  • Howard Matthews
  • Dr Janet Owen (Director, The Earth Museum)
  • Kevin Ward

Digital Innovation Lab networks and stakeholder partnerships

  • Local Enterprise Partnership/Council engagement
  • Heritage clusters
  • Enterprise M3 Innovation Support Programme (ERDF - £5.1 million)
  • Enterprise M3 Low-carbon Programme (ERDF - £3.7M)
  • Winchester/Hampshire/Solent Creative Networks
  • Small Business Charter engagement
  • Enterprise support networks
  • Student education/enterprise initiatives and incubation
  • Government bodies and agencies
  • National & international university networks