Dr Philip Ely is Associate Dean at the University for the Creative Arts and Visiting Researcher at the Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey, where he has just completed his PhD research on the domestication of home ubiquitous computing.
Philip is a highly-regarded academic in the creative arts Higher Education sector, with over 14 years’ of experience as a creative leader and digital media practitioner and over 9 years in University teaching, research and leadership in creative arts and innovation.His academic expertise is built on a theoretical and practical foundation – having been at the forefront of interactive/new media design in the music, design, digital media and television industries - becoming a leading figure in the creation of new products and services between the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s.
Since moving into Higher Education in 2003, he has led the development of creative industries curriculum, research and knowledge transfer including areas such as graphic design, design management, arts management, fashion management and marketing, crafts, fine art and digital media.
In 2011, he conceived of, secured and delivered a £874,000 creative industries business stimulation programme, part-funded by HEFCE’s Economic Challenge Investment Fund. He has demonstrated academic and research leadership in design, creativity and business start-up in a number of roles and in 2011 was shortlisted as International Enterprise Educator of the Year for his work in supporting the professional development of student and post-education creative enterprises.
Dr Ely's research interests span two distinct areas of interest: the relational nature of use and design in home entertainment technology; and the design of professional and HE pedagogy for creative entrepreneurship.
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