UWE’s academic mission includes providing outstanding learning fully utilising advances in technology to support professional and social growth and development, and conducting world-class research in selected areas with impact that meets the needs of a sustainable economy and society. UWE will participate in ApPEARS through the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), one of the UK’s leading university research centers in Art and Design, doing research based on the production of the physical artefact, primarily predicated in print. CFPR was recognised as world leading in various categories in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 awarded to UWE in December 2014. The centre does supervision of PhDs, teaching post- graduate, and undergraduate courses; and continuously running professional development courses, consultancy services, and new product development for new businesses.
The CFPR currently comprises 15 members of staff and 5 PhD students. The major projects undertaken and research areas include: 3D print and fabrication; Smart materials and novel actuators; 3D printed ceramic bodies; Underglaze tissue ceramic transfer printing; Industrial partnerships (KTP); colour and alternative methods for colour and Inkjet; wide format print, editioning for artists; artists’ books. As well as supervising PhDs, teaching into postgraduate and undergraduate courses, CFPR also runs continuing professional development courses, consultancy and new product development for new businesses.
CFPR has fully equipped studios and workshops, including wide format printing (HP, Canon, Roland, Epson) 3D printing (Z Corp, Objet, Roland, Reprap, Rostock, Eggbot) Colour (VeriVide, Gretag Macbeth, Nikon), Photography (Betterlight, Cambo, Imacon) Medium Format (Leaf, Mamiya); lights, scanners, ceramic kilns and laser cutters.
Prof. Carina Parraman, Expertise: 2D, 2.5D and low relief printing technologies.