Apr 11 2019

On Thursday 11 April, in the Times Higher Education (THE) and its webpages, the first of three adverts will appear to promote our collective strength in Digital research. 

The campaign will promote some key recent achievements as well as supporting a recruitment campaign for a number of senior academic roles in relevant Departments, which will be advertised in the same THE edition. Each of the adverts poses an intriguing question that invites the reader to go online to find out more about our digital story.

The first advert, ‘phone’ that launches on Thursday 11 April, features the work of Victoria Mapplebeck, a Reader in the Department of Media Arts. Victoria’s film ‘160 characters’ tells the story of an unplanned pregnancy and the text message communication between Victoria and the father of her son. A second film by Victoria, produced by Amanda Murphy also from the Department of Media Arts, called ‘Missed Call’ is about her young son’s journey to reconnect with his absent father. ‘Missed Call’ has been nominated for the BAFTA Short Form Programme Award, with results announced on 12 May 2019.

The advert ‘disc’, launching on Thursday 25 April, celebrates the world leading research carried out by Professor Kenny Patterson and colleagues in our Information Security Group. One of the roles being recruited to is the Chair in ISG vacated by Kenny who has taken up a role at ETH Zurich. Kenny has supported his research being included in the campaign, which highlights the important breakthrough that led to the creation of more secure software to help protect billions of web users from cyber attacks.

‘Frame’ goes live on Thursday 2 May and hints at future StoryFutures projects. StoryFutures, led by Professor James Bennett, Department of Media Arts, brings together universities and world leading creative and technology companies with SMEs in the South East to tackle the challenge of next-generation storytelling. StoryFutures has received £6.7 million of investment from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

More information about the academic work featured in each advert can be found on this webpage, together with details of the roles being recruited to.