The Royal College of Art is launching a unit to provide a ‘gateway’ through which businesses and students can interact.
Named InnovationRCA, the facility will be headed by Jeremy Myerson (pictured) and will act as an umbrella for existing business-facing enterprises within the RCA. It will include the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, of which Myerson will remain co-director with Roger Coleman, the Innovation Unit and Rapid Form prototyping facility.
But, says Myerson, there is scope for it to grow in product development, professional development and applied research.
Myerson sees it as an opportunity to build the RCA’s standing in business as ‘a real engine for innovation’.
‘The aim,’ he says, ‘is to link our applied research and knowledge transfer activities with commercialism in a socially responsible way.’