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

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About us

The Centre for Enterprise, Design & Innovation (CEDI) is focussed on 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 services and activities

  • 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

CEDI has designed and developed a physical space within the University of Winchester Business School to support:

  • Digital engagement: augmented and virtual reality, web/app design and development, 3D-printing, 3D scanning, 3D visualisation and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • 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, e.g. Adobe

Contact us and find out more

To find out more about our work, visit the CEDI website.

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