Photo Credit: i-DAT, Plymouth University

3D3 Institutions & Research Units

All 3D3 students are registered and based at one of the 3 institutions that comprise the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training.
You can find out more about individual research groups, themes, supervisory expertise and PhD partnership opportunities at these institutions by clicking on their names below:

Falmouth University


Founded as Falmouth School of Art in 1902, Falmouth University benefits from a century-old pedigree in creative thinking. Through investment of £100 million, the University offers world-leading facilities for Design, Media and Performance. Falmouth has a dynamic research culture and postgraduate researchers play an important role in the life of our research community. Our aim is to develop and sustain an entrepreneurial and internationally distinctive research discourse. Research students work alongside postdoctoral Research Fellows and a flow of international visiting researchers. We currently support over 50 PhD students, full-time and part-time. The majority of these are practice-led and supervised by research-active academics and practitioners.


Research and Innovation at Falmouth University is built on the principle of open innovation – the idea that the grand challenges of our age can be addressed most effectively when tackled collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries. Researchers at Falmouth apply ideas and methodologies derived from the creative industries to tackle real-world challenges in a wide range of sectors. Their creative and innovative approaches are enabling new knowledge, solutions, services and products that have a tangible impact in the world.

Falmouth has ten research and innovation programmes, each of which brings together different combinations of challenge, methodology and discipline.

Creative Industries Futures
Design for Mental Health
Digital Creativity
Digital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation
Inequality & Storytelling
Innovation in Rural Environments
Multigenerational Living & Learning
Technology Enabled Health & Care
These programmes reflect and explore three broader themes that run through all of Falmouth’s research innovation work: the research and innovation opportunities enabled through Creative Connected CommunitiesDesign Thinking and the Digital Economy.

University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is one of the top 50 research universities in the UK (according to the Research Excellence Framework, or REF, 2014). As well as being placed 37th in global modern universities under the age of 50, and 4th in the UK (Times Higher Education 2015), Plymouth is ranked among the world’s top 300 universities according to the Times Higher World University Rankings (2014) – that is, considered to be among the top 1.5% of universities globally. Plymouth is the 11th most cost effective place to study in the UK (Student Living Index 2015). It is also very proud of being declared the top green university in the UK, according to the latest People & Places Green League, and ranked one of the top 15 institutions in the UI Green Metrics Rankings.
It is one of largest universities in the UK, with around 30,000 students, and has recently invested more than £150 million in its estate and facilities to support world-class research. The University’s cultural organization, Peninsula Arts, offers a year-round arts programme which is open to the general public and includes exhibitions, music, film, public lectures, and performances. 3D3 students at Plymouth are located in the University’s Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for the Arts & Humanities which offers over 30 hours of workshops each year, to complement the bespoke training offered by its research units and the 3D3 consortium, as well as the generic training provided by the University Graduate School. Plymouth’s Graduate School was named as the second best in the world, and first in the UK, while the opportunities to teach among its postgraduate community were ranked the best globally (i-Graduate, 2013).
The main 3D3 Research Units at Plymouth are i-DAT; Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR); Performance. Experience. Presence (P.E.P); and Transtechnology Research. However, applicants are welcome to nominate or work with any Director of Study based in any research group or unit in the Schools of Art, Design and Architecture; or Humanities & Performing Arts.

University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol)

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) is one of Britain’s most enterprising universities; it has a successful record in co-creating new ideas and new solutions to deliver innovative futures. It is the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England with over 30,000 students. The University has an outstanding reputation for its user-led research, working closely with business and industry to ensure that teaching and research have direct relevance to society and the environment. Following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, more than a third of UWE Bristol’s research was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

UWE Bristol’s Graduate School ensures an overarching framework for all research students and provides a wide variety of workshops, training courses and residencies. UWE Bristol has particular strengths in digital arts, design and media and students on the 3D3 programme would be based in the Department of Creative Industries, located on the Bower Ashton campus with additional facilities at the Watershed arts complex that houses the Pervasive Media Studio, a creative media and technology incubator that works in partnership with the Digital Cultures Research Centre.

The main 3D3 Research Units at UWE Bristol are: Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). However, applicants may nominate any appropriate Directors of Study based in any of the research groups in the Departments of Arts and Cultural IndustriesArt and Design  or Film and Journalism.